Philip Venables was born in Chester in 1979 and now lives in Berlin and London.
He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Philip Cashian,
where he was awarded the DipRAM diploma and the Manson Fellowship in
Composition, and at Cambridge University.
Philip currently holds an AHRC grant for Ph.D research into speech, violence
and music, and has a Soundhub residency with the LSO at St Luke's for the
He is the is the founder and director of the agency Fourfortytwo, the artistic
director of the British chamber ensemble Endymion, and the founder and
director of the UK's only Sprechchor.
Philip Venables' music is often concerned with violence, politics and speech
within concert music and opera. His work has been recently described as
“brutally effective” (The Times), “brutally exhilarating” (Seen & Heard), “duly
playful and occasionally disturbing” (The Guardian), “a dark and violent portrait
of sexual desire” (SoSoGay.com) and “original and intelligent in both form and
content... reminiscent of Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle; dripping in
inexplicable meaning” (Exeunt Magazine)