Sir Philip Ledger CBE (born December 12, 1937) is a British classical musician and academic.
Philip Ledger was born in Bexhill in 1937 and educated at King's College, Cambridge. When appointed Master of the Music at Chelmsford Cathedral in 1962, he became the youngest Cathedral Organist in the country. In 1965 he took up the post of Director of Music at the University of East Anglia where he was also Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Music and responsible for the establishment of an award-winning building for the Universitys Music Centre. At that time he was an Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, conducting at the Snape Maltings on many occasions and playing in first performances of works by Britten.
He was Director of Music at Kings College, Cambridge from 1974-1982 and Conductor of the Cambridge University Musical Society from 1973-1982. During his years in Cambridge, he directed the Choir of Kings College in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, made an extensive range of recordings and took the Choir to the USA, Australia, and Japan for the first time.
He was subsequently Principal of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama from 1982-2001 where in 1988 new premises for the Academy were opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Since that time Ledger has appeared as a conductor throughout the United Kingdom, North America, and Asia.
He is a noted organist and keyboard player. He has also composed, arranged and edited music, particularly for choir.
He followed Sir David Wilcox as Director of Music, King's College, Cambridge 19741982 and was followed by Stephen Cleobury who has been director for the last 26 years.--Wikipedia