Philip R Buttall was born in Plymouth, and received his secondary education at Devonport High School for Boys, taking ‘A’ levels in Music, German and French. He was an ABRSM Silver Medallist at Grade 8 Piano, achieving the second highest practical marks in the country. He went on to study at Cambridge, Durham and Exeter Universities. Winning the Raymond Ffenell Prize at the Royal College of Music, he graduated with Distinction in Piano under Cyril Smith, Recorder with Freda Dinn, and Composition with Bryan Kelly.
He retired from full-time teaching after more than twenty-five years in the secondary school sector, and has given piano recitals within the United Kingdom and abroad, as well as radio and television broadcasts.
In addition to private teaching, Philip is the Classical Music Writer & Critic for the leading daily evening paper in Plymouth, provides programme notes for a number of organisations, and is also involved in software testing and evaluating. He has worked as an examiner and syllabus consultant for Trinity College, London.
As a composer, Philip publishes extensively on the internet, as well as with a number of publishers in the UK and abroad. Following a concert appearance with mandolinist, Alison Stephens, Philip composed a new solo piece for Alison, who gave the first performance a few months later. Philip has written two more companion pieces, and all three are now published by Astute Music in solo and duet form, edited by Alison.