Phillip Tolley is a freelance Supporting Artiste working in both Film and TV.

As well as the 1988 Torquato Tasso Buxton Opera performance which was broadcast on Radio 3, he has appeared on Television in walk-on and featured roles. He has been a member of British Actors Equity since 1989. He is also a member of Bectu.

Roles on TV include;


Cranford (Christmas Special)


The White Princess



The Crown

Dr Who

Roles in feature films include;

The Magic Flute (Dir Kenneth Branagh)

The Other Boleyn Girl

Mission Impossible 6

The Bank Job

Fred Claus

Sweeny Todd

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

Mamma Mia 2

The King (2019)


Phillip Tolley is a Tenor and Choral Guardian/Chief Executive of Col Canto Associates, an umbrella organisation which hosts and maintains a number of choral singing related websites. 

The aim of the organisation is to encourage choral music both in the UK and internationally and to promote choral singing as a open-to-all music activity which promotes self belief, body and mental health and inter-personal skills including numeracy and literacy, as well as the opportunity to sing beautiful and spiritual vocal music.

In 2002 he was took over the ownership of  'British Choirs on the Net' which has grown to become the UK's largest online directory of choirs and choral societies. The site currently lists over 4,000 Uk choirs as well as singing courses, come and sing performances, choir festival and choral vacancies.

As other websites were added this became the start of Col Canto Associates. His website provides a free concert listing service for choirs and choral societies, while his British Choirs on the Net Choral Conductors facebook group provides a lively international form for all things choral.

Though British Choirs on the Net he is a member of the Singing Network UK (formerly TONSIL). He is aslo an Associate Member of the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD) and an overseas member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Through Abertillery Orpheus Male Choir he is a member of the National Association of Choirs (NAC).


Phillip began his professional vocal career at the Athenaeum Theatre, Plymouth, as Alfred in Strauss’ ‘Die Fledermaus. Since then he has appeared across the country, from the Scilly Isles to Buxton, in Operatic roles and on the Concert stage. Internationally he has performed in Cyprus and Germany. He studied privately with Antony Benskin for 12 years and while in Cyprus, from 1994-1997, with former Royal Opera Covent Garden member Linda Humphries.

He has also undertaken Masterclasses with Kenneth Bowen, Morag  Noble, John Huw Davies, Alexander Young, Ian Caddy, Mollie Petrie and Noelle Barker

In 1988 he appeared in the British Premiere of Donizetti’s ‘Torquato Tasso’, under Carlo Rizzi and also covered the role of Clotarco in the British Premiere of Haydn’s ‘Armide’ at the Buxton International Festival. In 1989 he created the role of Hlestakov in the World Premier of Peter Dawes’ ‘The Government Inspector.

He is currently Secretary of the Abertillery Orpheus Male Choir and a membetr of the Executive Committee of the Welsh Association of Malre Choirs.