A native of Murton on the Gower Peninsular, Clive John Phillips was born in 1959 and educated at Bishopston Primary and Gowerton Comprehensive schools. He received music tuition from Professor John Edmunds LRAM, Brenda Llewellyn LRAM ARCM (Piano) and John Morgan Davies LWCMD FTCL LRAM ARCM (Organ).
Clive was first appointed as an accompanist to a local choir at the age of 12 and in 1977 became the accompanist and deputy conductor to the Llanelli Male Choir, a position he held until he became the Musical Director of Aberavon Male Choir in February 1983.
Following a short period as Associate Musical Director of the Dunvant choir, Clive was appointed the Musical Director of Burry Port Male Voice Choir where he remained until he was invited by Noel Davies MBE JP, to become the accompanist of the Pontarddulais Male Choir, a position he held from 1991 to 2002, when he was appointed Musical Director.
He was, for a number of years the Musical Director of the Black Mountain Chorus of Wales and founder Musical Director of Llanelli Musical Players.
Clive has conducted concerts at many venues throughout the United Kingdom including The Royal Albert Hall, London, Chelmsford Town Hall, Oxford Town Hall, Lincoln Cathedral and Winchester Cathedral. He has also conducted massed male choirs at the Richard Burton Memorial Concert, and the opening concert at the 2006 Swansea National Eisteddfod.
He also had the honour of conducting in concert a number of the famous military bands including The Royal Marines, The Scots Guards, The Coldstream Guards and The Welsh Guards.
As an organist he has made over 30 recordings with various choirs and has played at many venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, Central Hall Westminster, Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham Town Hall, St David’s Hall Cardiff and the Brangwyn Hall Swansea. He has given organ recitals at various churches in the Swansea and Llanelli areas. Clive was organist at the 1980 National Gymanfa Ganu of North America when it was held in Vancouver.
His pursuits as a solo accompanist have seen him accompanying many world famous singers, including Delme Bryn Jones, Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans and more recently Sir Willard White, Jason Howard, Alfie Boe and Elin Manahan Thomas. He also accompanied the distinguished astronomer Patrick Moore who was performing his own xylophone music at a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Clive Phillips is currently organist at Tabernacle Chapel, Mumbles.
On 13 May 2017 Clive received a well-deserved award from the Gowertonian Society for outstanding service to the community, namely for all his work with music and choirs in the area.