Classic success for composer Philip

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A composer from Leighton Buzzard has once again been recognised nationally by being voted into the Classic FM Hall of Fame.

No other living composer has had three church anthems voted into the Hall of Fame 2014. Leighton residents can now expect to hear the music of their musical son performed regularly on Classic FM.

Philip’s highest placed work is Lully, Lulla, Lullay which was first performed on Christmas Eve 2008 in Belfast Cathedral where he was director of music.

The other entries are Do Not Be Afraid (the title track on the recent recording of Philip’s compositions by Truro Cathedral Choir) and Irish Blessing, which actually composed on a plane flying across the Atlantic!

The ex-Pulford Lower School student’s parents, Geoff and Christine Stopford, still live in Carina Drive, and his mum is the church warden of All Saints Parish Church.

The 2014 Hall of Fame also includes Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Sir John Tavener’s Song for Athene that was performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, in Westminster Abbey where Philip began his musical career as a chorister before going on to Bedford School and Keble College Oxford.