Philip Scriven was born in Somerset in 1970, and received his early musical training as a chorister at Westminster Abbey (1979 - 1983) and as a Music Scholar at Charterhouse.
After a period of study at the Royal Academy of Music, he was Organ Scholar at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and subsequently at St John's College, Cambridge. During his time at the university, he was Musical Director of the New Cambridge Singers and Principal Conductor of the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra.
After graduating, Philip went to Vienna to continue his studies in organ and conducting at the famous Musikhochschule, where his teachers were Michael Radulescu and Leopold Hager. There he founded and conducted the Vienna Orpheus Choir and Orchestra, and also worked as an operatic repetiteur. Subsequently he spent a further two years at the Juilliard School in New York, gaining his Master's degree in Orchestral Conducting, and working as Assistant Conductor of the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra. Concert invitations included playing the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony in Carnegie Hall. Since returning to the UK, Philip has worked as repetiteur for the Contemporary Opera Studio of English National Opera (The Maids) and for Welsh National Opera (Jenufa); he also conducted the UK première of the opera Erwin und Elmire by Anna Amalia for Cambridge University Opera Society.
As a recitalist, Philip has often toured Europe, Canada and the United States, and in 1995 he won the Royal College of Organists' Performer of the Year competition. As well as a love and flair for the French repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries, he has a particular interest in transcriptions from the operatic and symphonic repertoire, and his own transcriptions include works by Brahms, Warlock and Bernstein.
In September 1998, he came back to Westminster Abbey as Acting Sub-Organist, and a year later took up the position of Assistant Master of Music at Winchester Cathedral. In July 2000, he performed the complete organ works of J S Bach in Winchester Cathedral over a 24-hour period, to mark the 250th anniversary of the composer's death, and to raise money for the Imperial Cancer Research Fund's 2000 Appeal. While in Winchester, Philip also conducted Southern Voices and, amongst other projects, directed them in performances of all six of Bach's motets. He has also conducted performances of The Threepenny Opera in Winchester Prison for Pimlico Opera.
He took up his post as Organist and Master of the Choristers at Lichfield Cathedral in September 2002.