Phillip Littlemore hails from the South Cheshire town of Sandbach, the home of one of the world’s most famous brass bands, Fodens. Joining them in 1981, at the age of 14, he spent four years there before heading for the Guildhall School of Music, where he studied trumpet with Paul Cosh and Rod Franks. After graduating from the Guildhall, Phillip decided against pursuing a career as a performer, and instead developed a career in marketing, firstly with Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers and later The Guinness Book of World Records, a position that often found him interviewed on TV, radio and in the press.He retained his connection with brass bands by playing with Hanwell, Regent and Redbridge, the latter two as Principal Cornet, before moving his banding ties back to the North by signing for the BNFL Band (now Leyland) in September 1993 and remained on the front bench as a regular player until the Summer of 1996. This was some feat, as it meant a 350-mile round trip to Warrington from his North London home almost twice weekly!
In 1997, Phillip took up the baton, taking Brent Brass to the National Finals in 1996 & 1997 (the latter being crowned as National Champions, 4th Section). He then took over at the Luton Band and then Regent Brass, with many contest successes. Although he took a number of bands as ‘guest conductor’ between 2001 and 2006, he did not take up a full-time role as musical director until he joined Ware Brass in 2006 – a post he still holds. Since 2009, Phillip has also been taking the St. Albans City Band.
Phillip has been a publisher for 23 years, eighteen of them spent in music publishing. From 1998 until August 2011, he was the Sales & Marketing Director for Faber Music. During his time there, he created both the Faber Wind Band and Faber Brass Band Series and signed the composers Kenneth Hesketh, Simon Dobson and Gavin Higgins among others. He was the in-house editor for the entire brass and wind band catalogues and was also the in-house arranger for many other composers in the Faber stable, most notably Nigel Hess, Jonathan Dove, Matthew Hindson and Carl Davis. Many of his own arrangements are published by Faber.
Since leaving Faber Music, Phillip has created his own marketing consultancy, specialising in working with firms in the music and publishing industries with business development, brand awareness, marketing products and services. In January 2012 he created his own music publishing company, Timbercroft Publishing, through which he will continue to bring new composers to the brass band and wind band worlds, as well as enabling him to continue bringing arrangements of his own to the brass band scene.