About Phil

Phil TomsHaving previously taught in the schools’ sector for ten years, Phil is the Head of Digital Media, Music and Performing Arts degrees at Colchester Institute, where he has worked since 2006. Other musical activities include conducting local choirs, performing in theatre pit orchestras and working as the Assistant MD for the English Pops Orchestra (the official performers of the Hooked on Classics live tour) with maestro Louis Clark from ELO.

Inspired by musicians such as Mike Oldfield, ELO, the Beatles and string arrangers from the 1960s onwards, Phil is a multi-instrumentalist who is known for his fast turnaround on orchestral and string arrangements and original compositions. Phil regularly works with singer Judy Dyble (Fairport Convention, Trader Horne, Giles, Giles & Fripp) as orchestrator and band member, and with violinist and conductor Steve Bingham on inventive YouTube videos, albums and looped electric violin covers. Phil has also worked with film composers Bob and Barn, Jon Anderson (Yes), Tom Newman (Tubular Bells) and David Bedford. Look out for new releases of Phil’s own material updated in his personal blog here.

Convent Judy gig

In addition to being passionate about film and film music, which he collects and fervently analyses, Phil is part of the creative team behind “Doctor Puppet” – a US/UK animated fan series featuring the characters of Doctor Who, orchestrating the score by Scott Ampleford.
Having co-hosted an award winning radio show with Scott Ampleford for 3 years, Phil is now the film critic on the Tony Fisher show on BBC Essex at 1:30pm Fridays.