Phil grew up in Stockport where he learned the piano and violin. He was a member of the church choir for many years and began to learn the organ as a teenager. Aged 18, he studied music at the University of Liverpool, gained a degree in music and also a diploma for organ playing. He then trained as a music teacher and has over 20 years experience teaching in both primary and secondary schools locally. He is now the Organist and Choirmaster at Christ with All Saints’ and Musical director of Reddish Choral Society, in addition to his teaching.