Orchestration, Conducting & Composition


As a celebrated composer, orchestrator and conductor Meadows has been commissioned by several of the UK's leading ensembles and organisations including the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Engines Orchestra and Apollo Jazz Network.

Throughout 2017/18 Meadows is conducting Dave Maric's Decade Zero, a collaboration between international jazz piano trio Phronesis and the Engines Orchestra. As a co-commission, the show is heading to Cheltenham, Manchester and London Jazz Festivals including a premiere broadcast for BBC Radio 3's Jazz Now. 

Other recent highlights include a commission from the Gateshead International Jazz Festival to orchestrate his Lifecycles project for a 60 piece collaboration between the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Jambone Big Band for performance in Sage Gateshead's Hall One.

In 2016, Meadows was also commissioned by Apollo Jazz Network to orchestrate, conduct and develop a project around the music of Ingrid Jensen (One of NYC's finest trumpeters). The project premiered at a sold-out Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, receiving four-star reviews from The Guardian.


To commission Meadows or to have him conduct/MD your project, get in touch through phil@philmeadowsmusic.co.uk

“Meadows’ strings writing is lyrical and sophisticated”
— The Guardian (on Lifecycles)

Composition Commissions.

2016: Lifecycles (Suite) (re:arranged) – Royal Northern Sinfonia + Jambone Big Band. (Commissioned by the Gateshead International Jazz Festival).

2016: The Music of Ingrid Jensen – Engines Orchestra ft Ingrid Jensen. (Commissioned by Apollo Jazz Network).

2016: Marmalade – Jambone Big Band (Commissioned by the Gateshead International Jazz Festival).

2015: Freedom to Speak – 4 voices, 2 brass, 2 saxes, double bass. (Commissioned by Serious).

2015: Thrower – Phil Meadows Group. (Commissioned by David Warner).

2014: A Journey to Paris by Train – Phil Meadows Group (Commissioned by the EFG London Jazz Festival).

2014: Lifecycles (Suite) – Engines Orchestra + Phil Meadows Group. (Commissioned by Help Musicians UK).

2013: Engines of Creation (7 track album) – Phil Meadows Group. (Self Comissioned).

2010:  Film Score: Top of the Range (Commissioned by Paul Bassingthwaite and Belly Production). 

“A highly original jazz show shaped by strong personalities, but in absorbingly understated ways”
— The Guardian (on the Ingrid Jensen commission)