Philip Charles

Philip Charles is the lead teacher at Bailamos. He and his lovely wife Selena, along with Haneef, run one of the best classes in the area.

From the Bailamos web site.

“Philip has been studying music from about the age of 5 when his father used to force him to play the piano for an hour each day after school. Regardless of this forced musical experience, Philip was always surrounded by the sounds of a wide variety of music from all over the world and so a love for music was inevitable. His father, when not playing one of his many instruments, loved listening to Reggae, Soul, Salsa, Calypso, Gospel, Country and, oddly, Irish & German Folk music. Philip’s older sister was heavily into Funk, Soul, Disco and Reggae. Against this backdrop Philip took up a lot of different instruments while at school including the guitar, drums, trumpet and keys.
After studying Art & Design, while spending time in recording studios in his hometown of Bradford, Philip decided to pursue a career in music by starting a Higher National Diploma in Music Production at Newcastle University. Finishing the course with straight distinctions and a nomination for student of the year, he went on to study a degree in Popular and Contemporary Music focusing on Music Production, Composition, Performance, music analysis and musicology. Having won the award for Outstanding Achievement in 2002, Philip finished his undergraduate studies with a First Class degree. He went on to complete a Master’s degree in music at the same institution.”

Philip is the leading force behind Bailamos. He teaches the Improvers/Intermediate class at Malik house on a Monday Night, 8:30; as well as guest teaching at numerous classes and congresses both regionally, nationally and internationally.

 

Philip Charles has been studying music from about the age of 5 when his father used to force him to play the piano for an hour each day after school. Regardless of this forced musical experience, Philip was always surrounded by the sounds of a wide variety of music from all over the world and so a love for music was inevitable. His father, when not playing one of his many instruments, loved listening to Reggae, Soul, Salsa, Calypso, Gospel, Country and, oddly, Irish & German Folk music. Philip’s older sister was heavily into Funk, Soul, Disco and Reggae. Against this backdrop Philip took up a lot of different instruments while at school including the guitar, drums, trumpet and keys.
After studying Art & Design, while spending time in recording studios in his hometown of Bradford, Philip decided to pursue a career in music by starting a Higher National Diploma in Music Production at Newcastle College. Finishing the course with straight distinctions and a nomination for student of the year, he went on to Newcastle University to study a degree in Popular and Contemporary Music focusing on Music Production, Composition, Performance, music analysis and musicology. Having won the award for Outstanding Achievement in 2002, Philip finished his undergraduate studies with a First Class degree. He went on to complete a Master’s degree in music at the same institution.

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