|Type of post:||Choir news item|
|Posted By:||Simon Broad|
|Date Posted:||Thu, 1 Apr 2021|
Q: When you’re not singing with the Telfordaires, what do you like to do to relax?
Phil: I enjoy Formula 1 and also watching any team game in which our national team are playing.
Q: What non-barbershop music do you love?
Phil: On occasion I sing in my church choir, but other than that, I don't really listen to other music.
Q: It’s your birthday dinner - what’s on the menu?
Phil: Steak and peppercorn sauce.
Q: If your house was on fire, what one item/ object would you run in to save?
Phil: My phone, it has all my insurance details on it.
Q: Many barbershoppers are self taught musicians - are you?
Phil: I started singing in junior school choir and have been in choirs all my life. I guess I've had many directors who have coached me over 50 years
Q: When did you first get into barbershop?
Phil: I first sang Barbershop with Stockport in the 1990's but only for three weeks as I could not committ the time due to having a young family. I joined the Telfordaires in April 2011, following an invitation from Walter Marston.
Q: What is so special about the barbershop community?
Phil: Everyone is an equal. No matter what your background is like, if you can sing, we want to sing harmony with you.
Q: What’s been your most memorable barbershop experience or performance?
Phil: Winning a Silver Medal with my former quartet 'Wrekin Havoc' at the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention in 2017.
Q: Which barbershop singer, quartet or chorus do you most admire? Who has influenced you most?
Phil: That would be my first director at Telfordaires, Dale Kynaston. His ability to direct the chorus and have us understand what he wants from the risers was inspiring.
Q: And finally, what do you love most about the Telfordaires?
Phil: The camaraderie we share at rehearsals and wherever we go for a sing out. I have made so many new friends that I could not count them all.