PHILIP HAMMOND graduated from Queen's University Belfast as a Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts and, in 2003,as a Doctor of Music. Following an encompassing career in teaching, performing and writing, he retired after twenty years as a Director of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2009. As a composer, he has received commissions for, amongst others, the Ulster Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Lontano, the Brodsky String Quartet and for individual musicians such as Sir James Galway, Barry Douglas, Nikolai Demidenko , Dame Ann Murray, Michael McHale,Robin Tritschler and Rachel Kelly. His largest single work is the "Requiem for the Lost Souls of the Titanic" premiered by two hundred performers on the exact centenary of the ship's demise..more
Philip Hammond won the Sligo Feis Ceoil Instrumental Bursary right at the beginning of his career.
"The History of Sligo Feis Ceoil"
1974 In the instrumental bursary competition Philip Hammond overcame all opposition including that of no less a performer than Eithne Tinney, now a Producer with R.T.E. Lyric F.M. Philip also won the Delaney Cup but another talented member of the Tinney household. Hugh Tinney won the Loretto Cup. Siobhan Terry won the Isobel Bryson Cup, The Oratorio and Sacred Solo while Emer Byrne,Thornhill won the Solo Sight Singing competition. The juvenile piano solo was won by Ann Guckian, followed by a youthful James Nelson. The solo for light opera class was won by Rhona McLoughlin as was the song with Guitar Class.