Collection of Andrew Phillips Photographs

Scope and Content

This collection contains c. 12,000 digital photographs of opera and ballet productions dating from c. 2000 to 2005.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1965, Andrew Phillips was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of 11. From then on he endured many years of ill health. He died in 2005.

From an early age Andrew had a strong passion for music and as a child he studied cello and timpani and played in local orchestras. He won a place at The Purcell School, then at Harrow-on-the-Hill to pursue his music studies. When his health allowed, he attended many performances, particularly at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, but also in New York, Salzburg, Madrid and Paris.

During his time travelling, Andrew developed an interest in photography. In the last two years of his life he was given permission to photograph at dress rehearsals of revival productions at the Royal Opera House, London. He was also permitted to photograph at the Royal Albert Hall, when Simon Rattle rehearsed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also asked by the Wagner Society and Amici di Verdi to take photographs at presentations for recognition of services to music by, amongst others, Placido Domingo, Bryn Terfel and Ricardo Muti.

As a result of this success he hoped to embark on a professional career in photography. At the time of Andrew's sudden passing he left a legacy of some 12,000 photographs of ballet and opera productions.

Conditions Governing Access

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only. Full details of access arrangements may be found here:

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Acquisition Information

Gift by the Phillips family, Oct. 2011

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here:

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department. Material relating to the Royal Opera House (London, England) and performers depicted in this collections may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

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