Philip Chambon

Position: Senior Lecturer
School: Perf and Screen Studies
Extension: 65688
Location: Room KH CC 1006, Coombehurst Court, Kingston Hill


Philip Chambon has extensive professional experience as a performer, producer and composer in the music and TV industries. He has been signed as an artist to Warner Bros and Sony record labels. He has had songwriting publishing deals with United Artists, Island Music and ATV Music. He has composed music for programmes for most of the big TV companies.

He has also collaborated with many choreographers and dancers, creating pieces for English National Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Houston Ballet, National Youth Dance Company, Blueprint Dance Company and The Royal Opera House.

He is currently a senior lecturer in Music Technolgy and Popular Music at Kingston University and continues his professional and research activities in the above fields.

Educational and professional qualifications

1972 to 1976 B.Mus Hons (Tonmeister) , University Of Surrey

Professional experience (post-1990)

2004 to present Senior Lecturer in Popular Music and Music Technology, Kingston University
1976 to present Composer, recording artist, performer, producer, Music and TV industry, Dance, Visual Arts


Popular Music Composition, Popular Music Production and Music Technology.

Research areas

Music: Collaborations with TV and Film directors, choreographers and dancers, and visual artists.
Music: Popular Music Composition and Production.
Music: 'Vibe' and 'feel' in relation to the band Tonight.

Professional activity


1977 - 1978 Performed on rhythm/lead guitar and vocals with Punk/Pop group Tonight and co-wrote all of the songs. Performed in at least 70 venues around the UK and Holland. TV appearances included Top Of The Pops, Crackerjack , Tizzwaz and Cheggers. In Feb 1978 Tonight had a Top 20 hit with their single Drummer Man

1984 Co-founded (with Andy Arthurs) the vocal music and contemporary dance group La Bouche. The music was performed utilising the latest digital sampling and midi technology. All the sounds were created by the human voice both live by the dancers and musicians and by samples which were incorporated in a variety of ways: triggered from pre-programmed sequences (usually providing the rhythm track) and played from keyboards (Emulator I, EII), midi guitar (Stepp) and Octapad. The live and sampled elements were mixed on stage. Each show was choreographed by some of the leading choreographers of the day including Lloyd Newson, Lea Anderson, Peter Purdy, Ashley Page, Nikky Smedley and Sonia Rafferty

1984 – 1990 Performed with La Bouche on keyboards, midi guitar, on-stage mixing and vocals. Toured in theatres, clubs and arts festivals throughout the UK and Europe. Appeared on all major UK TV stations including a half hour special for Anglia TV. Performed at the Glastonbury Festival in the Theatre Tent 1987-1989

1986 Participated (on samplers and sound diffusion) in a John Cage Circus at the Diorama in London, directed by Greg Rose

1989 Performed with La Bouche on the Pyramid (main) stage, Glastonbury Festival

2010 Performed with Tonight at The Riga Club, Southend, supporting Eddie And The Hot Rods

Record Production

1980 – 1984 Set up production company Musical Cubical with Andy Arthurs. Produced acts for EMI, Polydor, Phonogram and WEA (Warner Bros)

Record Contracts

1977 Signed to WEA records (Warner Bros) as member of the band Tonight. The single Drummer Man released in 1978 and reached number 14 in the national BBC chart

1985 Signed to Safari Records as member of music and dance group La Bouche. The album Step Time and the single Romantic Love released

1990 Signed to Sony Records as member of music and dance group La Bouche

2010 Tonight album Drummer Man released on Angel Air Records

Songwriting/Publishing Contracts

1976 – 1984 Composed songs and obtained Publishing contracts with Universal Music, United Artists, ATV Music and Island Music. Songs were placed with Noosha Fox, Lene Lovich and 999.

1978 Co-wrote the Top 20 hit Drummer Man performed by the band Tonight and released by WEA records (Warner Bros)

1984 - 1989 Co-wrote all the songs for five full length stage shows by the music and contemporary dance group La Bouche (see above – Performance 1984). These were: Electric Voice Dance (1984), Amusing Ourselves To Death (1985), Yet Another Crisis (1987), The Attractions Of Living In A Bungalow (1988) and Chasing The Mirage (1989)

1995 – 1997 Co-wrote with Rhona B for independent dance labels

2004 Sundance, co-written with Andy Arthurs, included on the Ten Tenors album Larger Than Life released by Warner Bros in Europe and the USA

Compositions for Television

1991 – present Factual/Documentary programmes include:

Pears On A Willow Tree (BBC2 1991), Rivers Of Sand (Channel 4 - Fragile Earth Series 1992), The Jaguar People (Discovery 1995), The World’s Tallest Buildings (Extreme Machines - Discovery Channel 2000), The World’s Greatest Ships (Extreme Machines - Discovery Channel 2000), Whiteout (Discovery Channel 2001), War In The Falklands (Channel 5/ITN 2001), Secrets Of The Saudi State (Channel 4 – Dispatches 2002), Truth and Lies In Baghdad (Channel 4 – Dispatches 2002), Flight Fantastic (Channel 5/Discovery 2003), If The Generations Fall Out (BBC2 2004), Private Wars (BBC2 2004), Holy Offensive (Channel 4 – Dispatches 2005), Versailles Uncovered (BBC/Discovery 2005), Britain’s Worst Weather (Channel 4 2006), The Murder Of JonBénet Ramsey (Channel 4 2006), Undercover Mosques (Channel 4 – Dispatches 2007), Days That Shook The World (BBC 2007), Belly Of The Beast (3 x 1hr progs Discovery 2009), Inside Planet Earth (Discovery 2009), The Big Question (Discovery 2009), Britain's Big Freeze (Channel 4 2010).


Flora Cooking Oil, Nurofen, Whiskas, Dettox, Sharwoods, Mail On Sunday, Nissan Almera, Nissan Primera Swiss Edition

Idents and Title Sequences:

Carlton – station ident package, ITV Nighttime presentation music, VH1 idents, TLC idents, Discovery Channel idents, Under The Sun titles (BBC2), Citizen’s Arrest titles (Channel Four)

Compositions for Film

2003 The Bank Job and Dial ‘M’ for Mother both directed by Leon Chambers

2004 The Match directed by Leon Chambers

2007 Stolen Youth directed by Leon Chambers

2010 The Long Lonely Walk

2010 Broken

Compositions for Marketing, Corporate Videos and Launches

1991 – present Companies include:
Orange, Microsoft, British Telecom, British Airways, Eurotunnel, Cellnet, Apple Computers, Hotpoint, Glaxo, BMG, Commercial Union, Wedgwood, Jaguar, Vauxhall, Landrover, Suzuki, Nissan, Mitsubushi, Honda, The NHS

Compositions for Contemporary Dance and Ballet

1984 - 1989 Five full length works co-composed with Andy Arthurs for the music and contemporary dance group La Bouche (see above - Performance 1984): Electric Voice Dance (1984), Amusing Ourselves To Death (1985), Yet Another Crisis (1987), The Attractions Of Living In A Bungalow (1988) and Chasing The Mirage (1989)

1985 Let’s Begin commissioned by the National Youth Dance Company and
choreographed by Peter Purdy

1987 Swansong commissioned by English National Ballet and choreographed by Christopher Bruce.
Swansong subsequently entered the repertoire of Berlin Ballet, Houston Ballet and remained with Rambert Dance Company right upto 2001. It was broadcast in 1991 on BBC2 as part of the Dancemakers series and was a set work on the UK A level Dance syllabus between 1999 and 2001. Rambert Dance Company and Houston ballet are reviving the work in Autumn 2007 and Spring 2008 respectively

1991 - present. Many other pieces for contemporary dance and modern ballet. They include:
Nature Dances (1992) commissioned by Houston Ballet (USA) and choreographed by Christopher Bruce, Dreaming Like A Tallman (1993) commissioned by Blueprint Dance Company and choreographed by Sonia Rafferty, Terra Incognita (1994) commissioned by the Council for Dance Education and Training and choreographed by Sonia Rafferty, Stream (1996) commissioned by Rambert Dance Company and choreographed by Christopher Bruce, In:site (2000) commissioned by Double Vision and choreographed by Sonia Rafferty and Amanda Gough, The Go Between (2002) commissioned by The Royal Opera House and choreographed by Cathy Marston

Visual Art Collaborations

1993 Collaborated with visual artist Shaheen Merali on the installation Channels, Echoes and Empty Chairs for the Angel Row Gallery in Nottingham. The sound element of this installation included the use of ‘sound beams’ which emitted a radar-type beam which, when broken by the audience at various points, triggered different pre-programmed samples

1994 Channels, Echoes and Empty Chairs acquired by The South London Gallery in Camberwell, London

1995 Commissioned by Shaheen Merali with Scottish Arts Council funding to compose music for Paradigms Lost an installation on a bus which toured around the Scottish Highlands

Research outputs

Number of items: 3.


Chambon, Philip (2006) Versailles Stories. (music). London, U.K. : Lion TV Productions.

Chambon, Philip and Marston, Cathy (2002) The go between (between shadows). (viola electro-acoustic combination). London : Sheet music (viola part), compact disc. (Unpublished)

Conference or Workshop Item

Chambon, Phil (2012) Beyond the bedroom studio: teaching popular music production at university level. In: The 21st Century Musician: Essential skills for making music today; 02 May 2012, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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