Philip Hammond (b. 1951)
Philip Hammond was born in Belfast. He graduated from Queen's University Belfast in l974 as a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts and, in July 2003, became the first ever composer to graduate as a Doctor of Music from the university.
Following an encompassing career in teaching, performing and writing, he retired from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2009 after twenty years which included two years designing and managing an international arts festival in Washington DC complementing Northern Ireland's presence at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2007. In retirement he is often engaged as a presenter and correspondent by the BBC and RTÉ and he writes critiques for the Belfast Telegraph and the Culture Northern Ireland website.
Philip Hammond has received commissions for, amongst others, the Ulster Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, contemporary ensemble Lontano, the Brodsky String Quartet and for individual musicians such as James Galway, Sarah Walker, Suzanne Murphy, Tasmin Little, Barry Douglas, Nikolai Demidenko and Ann Murray.
He is currently working on Miniatures and Modulations - piano pieces based on the Bunting Collection and commissioned by the 2011 Belfast Festival at Queen's for the three young Irish pianists Michael McHale, David Quigley and Cathal Breslin who are also playing on a CD of his piano music to be released this year. For April 2012, he is writing a 'Requiem for the lost souls of the Titanic' to be performed on the night the ship went down exactly one hundred years before.