English light music composer, arranger and musicologist Philip Lane was born in Cheltenham in 1950. He began to compose when he was young, and studied with Peter Dickinson and John Joubert at Birmingham University, where he developed an interest in the composer Gerald Tyrwhitt. At this time Lane's music was already being performed by the BBC Midland Light Orchestra.
In the early years of his career he taught at Cheltenham Ladies' College (1975-98) whilst also working as a freelance composer, but was then able to concentrate on composing and restoring lost film music scores - another interest which began in 1993 when Lane was asked to look after the estate of composer Richard Addinsell.
Most of Lane's orchestral works have been recorded commercially, and some, such as London Salute and Sleighbell Serenade, are well known.
CD Spotlight. Lush Orchestrations - Gerald Fenech listens to orchestral music by British composer Philip Lane. '... so much to enjoy.'
CD Spotlight. Welcome back Lord Berners - Gerald Fenech listens to two stage works by an enigmatic English composer. 'Soloists and chorus deliver some flawless singing, and their great attention to the text creates a sense of reverential homage to the sacred.'
CD Spotlight. A Wayward Artist with Many Talents - Gerald Fenech listens to music by Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson. 'David Lloyd-Jones has this music under his skin ...'
CD Spotlight. Engagingly Performed - Rachel and Vanessa Fuidge at one and two pianos, recommended by the late Howard Smith. '... technique, tonal address and aural poetry.'
Record Box. A Welcome Novelty - Seasonal music from Naxos, reviewed by Patric Standford
CD Spotlight - Magical stuff. '... Gamba is remarkably successful ...' The film music of Alan Rawsthorne, with Roderic Dunnett