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Staff Profile: Phil Bailey

PBA Bailey Phillip Secondary

Director of Music

Phillip started on his Music pathway when he was 7 years old learning to play the cornet (very similar to a trumpet but a little smaller), with his father teaching him to play at first. After a few years, he joined what was the ‘family band’, the local village Brass band and, at 10, had already played in the Royal Albert Hall in London. Playing the instrument came very easily to Phillip and he quickly passed Grades 4 and 5 and was then asked to Audition for the Royal College of Music as a Junior college student; this meant leaving home near Salisbury at 5am each Saturday! At 18 he auditioned for Music College and secured places at Royal College, Royal Welsh College, Scottish Academy and finally the Royal Academy where he ended up studying for four years obtaining a 1st Class Honours Degree. 

After Music college, he played professionally for many orchestras, London Sinfionetta and Nash Ensemble to name two. He was then approached to play principal trumpet of Athens State Orchestra, so moved to Athens, Greece for 2 years. Phillip moved back to the UK and started to conduct whereupon he won a big conducting competition and then started to travel all over the UK and Europe conducting orchestras and brass ensembles. It was during this time that he started teaching also. 

He was appointed Head of Instrumental Music at a Private school and through the next 10 years moved to build the music there; 10 years later there was a thriving music department and he was Director of Music. He then moved to a large state school to do the same thing but in a different environment. After being there five years, he had replicated the previous success.

Coming to work for Nord Anglia and in particular the school at Pudong presented itself as a new challenge. The chance to work for a large organisation with the opportunities that it can give pupils was one thing, but being able to work with Julliard was equally as exciting. 

Phillip is very passionate about music and has been all his life. He also enjoys a variety of sports; he like to Ski, play Golf and Rugby and also enjoyed running and being involved with the Duke of Edinburgh programme in the UK. Phillip loves to travel and with his family has visited many interesting places in the past. His family is enjoying being in Shanghai and look forward to exploring China in good time. At school, he hope to inspire some future professional musicians and hopes that he can grow the department as he has done in previous positions. Out of school, he would like to grow the brass culture to what it is in the UK. He has managed to already start the first Brass Band in China!