Phil Shotton
Saxophonist - Clarinettist - Flautist - Conductor - Band Leader - Educator

Welcome to Phil Shotton Music


Phil Shotton regularly performs alongside many national and international jazz artists and has appeared at major jazz festivals, venues and music festivals throughout the country and abroad. Highly sought-after as both a performer and recording artist, Phil has released two albums under his own name and appeared on numerous recordings as a sideman.

"...a round, warm tenor sound reminiscent of the great Scott Hamilton..."

Alsager Golf & Country Club Jazz Society

A talented bandleader and conductor, Phil can provide his own bespoke professional ensembles for any occasion, event or concert and comperes events fluently, eloquently and with great humour! As a conductor, Phil has directed ensembles at many of the major UK concert halls and has premiered several new works for wind orchestra and wind orchestra and soloist.

"The ideal player for almost any gig, Phil (Shotton) was superb when he performed with James Morrison's Trio at the 2018 Wigan Jazz Festival. His classic tone, and swinging style met with the instant approval of the large audience, generating an exciting two-set gig of absolute quality. Phil's excellent delivery coupled with his ability to 'entertain' means he will always attract a good audience; essential for the continuity and development of this great music."

Dr Ian Darrington MBE
Artist Manager Director Wigan International Jazz Festival


Phil has a great passion for community music making and was appointed the principle conductor and musical director of the Maghull Wind Orchestra in 2000. He also directs the Northwest Saxophone Choir, the Kaleidoscope Big Band and the Edge Hill University Big Band. Phil is currently the Chairman of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles, a national organisation promoting wind band playing and composition. For more info, please visit:

Phil has vast experience in music education at all levels primary to higher, both state and private, as an instrumental teacher, lecturer, ensemble director, conductor and leader of various workshops and masterclasses. Phil has lectured in music performance at several UK universities where he has also directed student ensembles and delivered instrumental lessons to undergraduate and post-graduate students He has given workshops and masterclasses at Universities and Music Conservatoires across the country covering instrumental technique, improvisation, ensemble playing and conducting.


As a composer and arranger, Phil has written many educational works for young musicians and has had various commissions to arrange works for woodwind orchestra, saxophone choir, jazz ensemble and wind band.

Phil regularly contributes articles and reviews based around performing, conducting and teaching to various journals including the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain journal and Winds, the journal of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles.

imgIn addition to an extremely varied musical career, Phil pursues his love of vintage saxophones and clarinets as a director of Vintage Saxophones Online:

'You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To' Album

Phil Shotton & Julia Fiebelkorn now available on Spotify.


imgYou can watch Phil in action on YouTube; please subscribe to Phil’s channel to be notified when new videos are available.