Peter Phillips has made an impressive if unusual reputation for himself in dedicating his life’s work to the research and performance of Renaissance polyphony. He studied at Oxford with David Wulstan and Denis Arnold and founded the Tallis Scholars in 1973, with whom he has now appeared in over 1750 concerts and made over 50 discs, encouraging interest in Renaissance polyphony all over the world. As a conductor Phillips has appeared with the Collegium Vocale of Ghent, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Intrada of Moscow, Musica Reservata of Barcelona, the Tudor Choir of Seattle, and the BBC Singers. He is also Artistic Director of the Tallis Scholars Summer Schools. Phillips is also well-known as a writer. For 29 years he has contributed a regular music column to The Spectator and is owner and Publisher of The Musical Times, the oldest continuously published music journal in the world. His first book, English Sacred Music 1549–1649, was published by Gimell in 1991, while his second, What We Really Do, an unblinking account of what touring is like, alongside insights about the make-up and performance of polyphony, was first published in 2003. He has made numerous television and radio broadcasts and was appointed a Reed Rubin Director of Music and Bodley Fellow at Merton College, Oxford. In 2005 Peter Phillips was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, a decoration intended to honour individuals who have contributed to the understanding of French culture in the world.