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Marilyn Phillips

Marilyn Phillips was born in Wales. She has worked in many varied fields of music since the 1970s, making her reasonably mature and very experienced. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded the Ralph Vaughan Williams Scholarship for advanced studies in piano accompaniment. As an accompanist she performed in the major London concert halls, Europe, and the USA, with frequent BBC radio and television broadcasts.

At the same time she continued and developed her interest in musical theatre, resulting in her appointment as vocal coach at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and became a musical director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Royal National Theatre.

Following her move to Australia, Marilyn was appointed Head of Music with West Australian Opera, working on over 25 productions with the Company. She is an elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, was a nominee for a WA Citizen of the Year Award, and in 2000 was awarded the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal for services to Australian opera.

Under Marilyn’s direction from 2006 to 2013, the WA Symphony Orchestra Chorus achieved growing national and international acclaim. She continues to broadcast on ABC Classic FM, and has supervised master classes in Perth and Sydney, where she was an Invited Artist in Residence at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Marilyn’s experience with many aspects of the voice, have given her unparalleled insights into the joys of singing. She has worked tirelessly to bring an understanding and love of music to the wider Australian audience, with lively corporate performances and presentations, contributions to Art Song Perth, the hugely popular ‘Big Sing’ in Perth Concert Hall, the continuing FunSing! and pre-concert talks for WASO and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.