Philip has had extensive experience working with adult string and orchestral players. He has taught and resolved problems for students and players of all standards and musical interests, from bush bands and rock fiddlers, to orchestral players and soloists. Players have called him inspirational, dedicated, empathetic, enjoyable, visionary and energetic, and his "rare and admirable qualities as an orchestral trainer and conductor" have been noted by music critic John Sinclair.
Philip's commitment to community music spans decades, and includes many years conducting the Dorian le Gallienne and Zelman orchestras in Melbourne. More recently he has helped develop a resilient orchestra and group music program at Mont Albert Primary School and has assisted a string enrichment program at Blackburn High School.