He has made numerous broadcasts and has recorded three discs of the music of Lefébure Wély (featured in BBC Radio 2’s The Organist Entertains), the complete organ works of the Welsh composer William Mathias and the World Premiere recording of Sir John Tavener’s Requiem (on EMI with the RLPO and Choir conducted by Vasily Petrenko).Reviews include - ‘it is Richard Lea’s superb playing that steals the show’ (Organists’ Review)’ ‘really first rate playing’, ‘masterful’ (Gramophone), ‘Here is music and playing that will lift your spirits (American Organist), ‘the performances are brilliant…and genuinely moving’ (International Record Review), ‘exemplary performances – 5 stars’ (Orgelnieuws).
During his time at university, Philip was Organ Scholar at the University St Catherine’s Chapel, and also sang as a Choral Scholar at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
After graduation, Philip was appointed Organ Scholar at the Cathedral for two years, which then led to his subsequent appointment as Assistant Organist.
He was appointed Organist at the Cathedral in 1999 working with Mervyn Cousins, Keith Orrell, Terence Duffy, Timothy Noon and Christopher Mc Elroy.
He directed for many years Wigan Choral Society, the Brixi Singers, and the Metropolitan Cathedral Cantata Choir.
During this time, Philip was pleased to be involved in many areas of the liturgical life of the cathedral; as well as the daily opus Dei (the daily round of choral services), Philip participated in television and radio broadcasts, CD recordings, concerts, and choir tours to Canada, Germany, France, Holland and Ireland, as well as venues in the United Kingdom.
In 2008, Philip embarked upon an exciting project, in conjunction with the Cathedral Choir School, to found a choir of girl choristers, giving girls the opportunity to benefit from a chorister education.
Philip is incredibly excited to start work at the Abbey, and has many plans to develop the musical tradition at the Abbey.
For all enquiries, please email: Appointed Assistant Organist at the Abbey in September 2016.
Commencing on Saturday 14th April 2018 over the nine days we will be hosting performances from the world renowned Westminster Cathedral Choir, the Choir of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, as well as a specially commissioned work by Matthew Martin.
We are holding two young composers' competitions (a choral composition based upon the motto of the Abbey, and an organ composition based on the monastic chant In September 2013, Philip was appointed Organist and Master of the Music at the Abbey.
Call 01364 645630 quoting ' Concert Offer 1' The first review of the recent Abbey Choir CD recording from Mark Sealey of Music Web International:"This is a compelling collection of over twenty Hymns of the Divine Office.""There is a certainty and confidence in each relatively short work.""The directness and clarity achieved by the Choir of Buckfast Abbey under Philip Arkwright amply support this plain purpose.""They preserve the beauty and richness of both text and melody - largely by appealing to the lucidity of the melody coupled with the import of the text.""Arkwright, who was born in 1983 and appointed Organist and Master of the Music at Buckfast in 2013, keeps a tight ship.