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Philip Feeney studied composition with Robin Holloway and Hugh Wood at Cambridge University and with Franco Donatoni in Rome. He has written extensively for ballet and dance, and is well known as a pianist, working with many companies including: Northern Ballet; Birmingham Royal Ballet; Rambert; Carlos Acosta; Adventures in Motion Pictures; and the Martha Graham Company.
As a composer he has collaborated with choreographers, including Christopher Gable, David Nixon, Michael Pink, Didy Veldman, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Derek Williams, Adam Cooper, Sara Matthews and hip-hop artist Jonzi D. His music has been performed by companies as diverse as English National Ballet; Boston Ballet; Rambert; Cullberg Ballet; Scottish Dance Theatre; Bern Ballett; Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet; and Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, for which he wrote scores for the company’s critically acclaimed Giselle (2003) and award-winning The Bull (2005).
His association with Northern Ballet extends more than 25 years; he has written seven full-length scores for the company, including Cinderella (Gable, 1993); Dracula (Gable/Pink, 1996); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Gable/Pink, 1998); A Streetcar Named Desire (Veldman, 2001); Hamlet (Nixon, 2008); and Cinderella (Nixon, 2013). In addition to his compilation of the score for Jane Eyre, which included original music, he also wrote the score for Marston’s most recent ballet, Victoria (2019).