Philip R Buttall was born in Plymouth, and was an ABRSM Silver Medallist at Grade 8 Piano, achieving the second highest practical marks in the country, before going on to study at Cambridge, Durham and Exeter Universities. He then won the Raymond Fennell Prize at the Royal College of Music, where he graduated with Distinction in Piano under Cyril Smith, Recorder with Freda Dinn and Composition with Bryan Kelly.
He retired from full-time teaching after more than twenty-five years in the secondary school sector, and has given piano recitals within the United Kingdom and abroad, as well as radio and television broadcasts.
In addition to private teaching, Philip is the Classical Music Writer and Critic for the leading daily evening paper in Plymouth, provides programme notes for a number of organisations, and is also involved in software testing and evaluating. He has worked as an examiner and syllabus consultant for Trinity College, London.
As a composer, Philip publishes extensively on the internet, as well as with a number of publishers in the UK and abroad. Originally for piano duet, The Lone Ar-ranger! has now been performed around the world in a variety of instrumental combinations. Specifically for Saxtet Publications, Philip has already produced arrangements for saxophone trio and quartet, and there is also a saxophone choir version by Nigel Wood, which is regularly performed by the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain. Current plans feature a specially-commissioned work for the Soprillo (Bb piccolo saxophone) which, inspired by a stay down-under, is titled Waltzing Soprillda.
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Philip R's compositions and arrangements available on SXP include: