Thomas King Ekundayo Phillips was born in the year 1884. In the hand of a Bishop Samuel Charles Phillips in Ondo state. Thomas attends the CMS Grammar school in Lagos. Which later went to the Government Training school where he earned and qualified as a chemist. Thomas was encouraged by Archdeacon Nathaniel to study music.
Thomas Uncle Johnson Phillips lectured him on organ and gave him a lesson to perform. The well-known organist then at Saint Paul’s Church Aroloya. “Solomon Moses Daniels” also gave him some teaching on organ playing. In which he later become Assistant Organist at St’ Paul’s Church Aroloya Lagos till 1914.
Thomas attended Trinity College of Music from the year 1911 to 1914 in London. Where he learn Piano, Violin and Organ playing, later given the FTCML “Fellowship of Trinity College of Music” in Organ playing. He was the second Nigerian to earn a baccalaureate degree in Music.
Then later return to his home country “Nigeria” in 1914. He retains the Master of Music position for 48-years in which his elder brother now becomes Bishop of Cathedral.
T.K Phillips lectured many known students in which they are all professionals in Music. Such as Lazarus Ekwueme, Ayo Bakole, Christopher Oyesiku, and his handsome son named Oluwole Obayomi Phillips. Fela Sowande always salutes T.K Phillips for what he as learned from him and made him succeed in lines with Music.
The Great T.K Phillips died in the year 10th of July 1969 and left with 5 children.
Now presenting to you “Emi Yio Gbe Oju Mi Soke Wonni”. One of his best works. And now popularly performed among the best church choristers within Nigeria and Abroad. You can watch the performed video below:
The above video had been performed with the Fela Sowande Singers. And Ayo Oluranti on the Organ in the year 2012 April. At Pittsburgh PA and Directed by Oyebade Dosunmu.
There are many beautiful Yoruba classical as well such as Messiah BabaMi sheet by Ayo Oluranti.
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