Phil Edwards is one of the most acclaimed and sought-after Musical Directors in world theatre, with a string of successes in the West End, on Broadway, Las Vegas and around the world.
He is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music.
He went on to perform as a percussionist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and as a percussionist and keyboard player in many West End productions.
Phil became Musical Director of the U.K. national tour of Annie and subsequently fulfilled the same position in the West End production of Starlight Express whose tour of Japan and Australia he also supervised. He went on to become the original Musical Director of the West End production of Miss Saigon.
He worked regularly as composer and arranger for T.V. and Radio in Great Britain including the annual B.B.C. programme Song For Christmas and the documentary series with Frederick Forsyth Soldiers.
Radio work includes orchestrating Julian Slade’s Trelawney. He has written and orchestrated several film scores including The Most Dangerous Moment. Phil scored the short original film Cupid broadcast on R.T.E., and also composed incidental music for the Las Vegas mega-show E.F.X. He works as an arranger for several European pop bands, notably Natural Born Hippies. As a conductor Phil has worked on many recordings and T.V. commercials most memorably with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Phil has also orchestrated the musical Last Of The Mohicans and the musical version Of The Canterville Ghost.
He was Musical Supervisor of the New Zealand production of Cats after which he returned to Germany as Musical Director of the first German production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. He was the musical supervisor of Starlight Express in London and Germany and the Hamburg production of Cats.
Phil was delighted and honoured to be appointed Musical Director and co-orchestrator of the original production of Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium, which subsequently had a two year run on Broadway.
He composed and produced music for the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, performed in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. Another fascinating and enjoyable project was as Musical Director and vocal coach for Vinnie Jones on his debut album Respect.
Bratz – Passion for Fashion World Tour was a production for which Phil produced recordings and was Musical Supervisor.
Phil was Musical Supervisor of the U.S. national tours of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Evita and the current production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
He was on the music staff for the acclaimed B.B.C. T.V. series DanceX. and orchestrated and supervised Peter Pan at Curve Theatre Leicester.
Phil was also the orchestrator and Musical Supervisor of the world premiere of Flashdance The Musical in the West End.
He is co-composer and co-lyricist for four musicals: Ivanhoe (2012), Wingin’it! (2014), Body Count (2015) and Amity (2016).
In 2016 Phil was invited to co-compose music and lyrics for Toys, for Milton Morrissey Productions.