Phil Dixon


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Biography

2011 - Winner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Composition Competition.
2011 -
Runner Up, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Composition Competition.

2006 -
Winner, BBC New Music for Wildlife.

2004 -
Winner, Open Score Composition Competition.

2002 -
Masters Degree, Music Composition, Bristol University.

2002 -
Winner, Raymond Warren Prize for Composition.

2000 -
Bachelors Degree, Contemporary Music Composition, University of Leeds.

1998 -
Winner, Mixing Music Composition Award.

1996 -
Higher National Diploma, Music Composition, Distinction. Coventry University.

2007 -
Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Music. Bristol University.

2011 - present
Musical Director with Bristol Operatic Society.



Latest News:

'
Nothing but the Wind on the Water' premiered by the Livas Clarinet Quartet,
Colston Hall, Bristol. September 19th.

Musical Director - "
West Side Story", BAOS - Redgrave Theatre. May 2014

Musical Director - "
Pirates of Penzance" (Broadway version).
BAOS - Redgrave Theatre. May 2013.
Nominated for three Awards -
Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Technical.
Won -
Best Actor (George Caporn as the Pirate King!)

Musical Director - "
Rock Nativity", BAOS - December 2012.

Musical Director - "
Les Miserables", BAOS - June 2012.
Nominated for Award -
Best Musical.

Composer in residence, '
The Wreck of the Titanic' by David Bedford.
Colston Hall, Bristol, April 14th 2012.

'
Ordo ab Chao', for 5 woodwind groups.
Performed Colston Hall, Bristol, March 2012. (
Listen)

'
Falling Apart' performed at Colston Hall by COMA. 14th May, 2011.

Theatrical Compositions for Cirque Bijou performance at Bristol Harbour Festival. July 30/31 2011.

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Phil began composing music aged 12. Following early studies in Piano, Clarinet and Music he went on to University in Coventry to study a Higher National Diploma in Composition, in which he passed with Distinction. Further studies followed in Contemporary Music Composition at Bretton Hall, Leeds University, where he won several awards for outstanding works. After a year spent abroad, Phil completed his studies with an award-winning Masters Degree in composition from Bristol University.
After winning the BBC New Music for Wildlife Competition, Phil worked on various commissions, including two feature length documentaries on the Natural History and History of the Falkland Islands for Lovell productions, aired on Channel 4 in 2005 and further works for film, including CBBC and several BBC Natural History films.

'Nothing but the Wind on the Water' was premiered in the Colston Hall on September 19th, 2013 by the Livas Clarinet Quartet.
Phil's production of 'Pirates of Penzance', Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, May 2013 was nominated for three NODA awards. Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Technical Show. George Caporn (The Pirate King) won Best Actor!
Phil's production of 'Les Miserables' in 2012 was nominated for a NODA award - 'The Orchestra under Phil Dixon’s direction played at the right levels so that it never overpowered the singers. Chorus and solo singers had obviously been well rehearsed, and at no time did the pace drop.' - Tony Winstone. NODA Representative, district 13.
In 2011, Phil won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Music Competition in one category, was runner-up in another and was shortlisted in the third!
His piece 'Falling Apart' was performed to great acclaim at Colston Hall, Bristol on 14th May 2011 by COMA (Contemporary Music for Amateurs) under the direction of Mark Lawrence.
'Vincent. A Musical Drama', written by John Turner and arranged and conducted by Phil was recently performed at the Redgrave Theatre, Bristol to critical acclaim. It tells the story of the last three years of Vincent Van Gogh's life. 'The overture was performed by a tight 11-piece orchestra...very promising and imaginative. The ensemble singing was solid and there were good vocal performances' - Les Gillam, Evening Post, Bristol.

Although Phil takes his music seriously, he also believes music should be a fun activity, something he encourages in the classroom and in his band The Madness of King George, who perform their unique brand of up-beat Klezmer music internationally.

Phil currently works as Teacher of Music and Music Technology and is Composer-in-residence at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol.

He is a composer for Digital Content Agency, London

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Clients Include:

London Philharmonia Orchestra - BBC Natural History Department - Children's BBC - Channel 4 - Panache Productions - Magginni String Quartet - Lovell Productions - Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra - Backbeat Percussion Quartet - Susan Bisset (soprano) - Cornelius Cardew Ensemble - EB Ensemble (Belfast) - Fire Bright Film Productions - Red Devil Films - COMA (Contemporary Music for Amateurs, Bristol) - St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School - Bristol Cathedral Choir School - Livas Clarinet Quartet -



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