Philip Juliff. BMus(Hons) PGCE
From a young age Philip was committed to a career in music. In July 2003 he graduated with a musical degree from the University of Wales, Cardiff. He specialised in composition and was privileged to have a string quartet performed and recorded by the Sorrel Quartet. Philip then became Head of Music at Sandfields Comprehensive School and is now Head of Music at Aberdare Girls' Comprehensive School.
Philip has a wide range of musical experience and has been involved in many prestigious engagements throughout the United Kingdom. In the past he accepted invitations to perform at the Yamaha Music Festival in Birmingham Symphony Hall and at an orchestral Festival in the Royal Festival Hall, London. He took part in the opening ceremony of the 1999 Rugby World Cup and also other favourite experiences including performing in Verdi's Requiem at Llandaff Cathedral, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius at St. David's Hall, Cardiff and Mozart's Requiem at University Concert Hall. Philip has taken part in successful choral tours of Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Malta.
His first appointment as Choral Musical Director was with the South Wales Burma Star Male Choir later forming the Mixed Voice Choir Sounds Familiar at the seaside town of Porthcawl. In 1999 he became Accompanist to Aberavon Male Choir, accepting the Musical Directorship a year later, a postion he held until 2006. During that time the choir won the South Wales Miners Eisteddfod twice and coming third in a male voice choir competition at the National Eisteddfod at Llanelli in 2000. He conducted the choir in some memorable performances with Aled Jones and Sir Willard White. Philip enjoyed his time with the choir and arranged several pieces of music for the choir to sing at many prestigious concert in the UK and abroad. He was Musical Director for the Sir Harry Secombe Trust during the 2007 - 2008 Season and had great pleasure in conducting the cast and orchestra of the company to full audiences at the Grand Theatre, Swansea in the productions of We Will Rock You, Honk, Alladin and Summer Holiday.