Philip R Buttall
was born in Plymouth, United Kingdom, and was an ABRSM Silver Medallist
at Grade 8 Piano, achieving the second highest practical marks in
the country. He went on to study at Cambridge, Durham and Exeter Universities.|
the Raymond Ffenell Prize at the Royal College of Music, he graduated
with Distinction in Piano under Cyril Smith, Recorder with Freda Dinn,
and Composition with Bryan Kelly.
from full-time teaching after more than twenty-five years in the secondary
school sector, having successfully undertaken a school-teacher placement
at the Royal Opera House. He has given piano recitals in the UK and
abroad, and radio and television broadcasts, and was a finalist in
the Yamaha Electone Electronic Organ Competition.
to private teaching (classical & jazz piano) and composing, Philip
writes a weekly classical music column and regular concert critiquies
for The Herald, Plymouth's leading daily newspaper, provides programme
notes for a number of organisations including the University of Plymouth,
and is involved in occasional software testing and writing magazine
worked as an examiner, and syllabus consultant for the Electronic
Organ for Trinity College, London. He has also been a moderator for
GCSE Music. In October 2002, Philip was elected a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Arts and in December 2006 he was awarded a Fellowship in
Music for his research into the Piano Concertos of the Irish composer,
John Field. In December 2007 Philip gained a further diploma, on this
occasion in Jazz Piano.
he was approached by American accordionist and teacher, Patricia Bartell,
director of the Spokane Accordion Orchestra, to ask whether he would
be interested in arranging some of his most popular instrumental works
for Accordion Orchestra.
played an accordion, Philip was happy to take advice from Patricia,
and there are now five such pieces for this medium.