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Philip Chidell began studying the violin aged six. Two years later, he was offered a place at Chetham's School of Music, at the time becoming their youngest pupil.

Philip was soon performing around the UK, and at 13 played for the first time as a soloist with an orchestra. He has performed as a member of various ensembles and orchestras, in venues including the Bridgewater Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Manchester Cathedral, Chester Cathedral and St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.


He continues to travel the country, playing regularly at concerts and also busking in a variety of cities.

He plays a violin made in 1750 by German luthier Sebastian Klotz, as pictured.

In addition to music, Philip is a keen filmmaker, and won a BBC film competition with his short film, Pong. You can watch it here.


In 2024, Philip is planning to launch his own orchestra, performing in and around Chester. If you would like to be notified of concert dates nearer the time, please fill in the form below:

Philip Chidell, violinist
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