About

Philip Lee studied modern languages before gaining a place at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he was awarded the Ricordi Prize, the Ernest Read Prize, and graduated in pianoforte and conducting. He joined the staff of an international non-governmental organisation in 1975, where he is currently Director of Programmes and Editor of the international journal Media Development. He is also Vice-President North America of Interfilm. His publications include The Democratization of Communication (ed.) (1995), Requiem: Here’s Another Fine Mass You’ve Gotten Me Into (2001); Many Voices, One Vision: The Right to Communicate in Practice (ed.) (2004); Communicating Peace: Entertaining Angels Unawares (ed.) (2008).

Opinions expressed on this blog are exclusively those of the author and no opinion can be attributed to any other source as a matter of fact or policy.

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8 comments on “About

  1. Peter Horsfield says:

    Well, Philip. It’s come to this, has it. When one reaches one’s anecdotage and the shopkeeper doesn’t want to listen anymore, you tell them to the cloud.
    Well, I’ve always enjoyed your writing, (along with your media work, Requiem remains an undiscovered gem, in my opinion). The first couple of posts promise an interesting blend of reflections. Right/write on.

  2. Erin Green says:

    Philip! Your biography is impressive, but seriously! It needs more adjectives to convey the depth of your coolness. Nowhere do I see ‘wry’ ‘incisive’ ‘man of a thousand secrets’ ‘dad of the year’ ‘Harry Potter enthusiast’, ‘I paint with my toes’ or any stories about that time you drifted around Morocco as an itinerant conductor.

    I do very much like your blog!

  3. tillyv says:

    I’ve been reading your blog rather spasmodically (there being simply a limited number of hours in the day for all one would like to read and do) since I was alerted to it – and I’ve enjoyed all that I have read. I have even posted a link on my facebook page on one occasion! But only today did I get around to reading your potted biography. It is a strange thing to read of the achievements of those one has only known well in schooldays, and to look back and recall so clearly the youthful individual on the cusp of adulthood. It is a wonderfully reassuring feeling to know that that person has made a positive and productive success of life in so many ways. Keep on blogging, and I’ll keep on reading as often as I can..!

  4. Paul Vonberg says:

    Dear Philip, Unlike your previous respondents, I don’t know you, but I do really like your blog! Perhaps that has been helped by being a lifelong fan of FLW and a more recent devotee of Atget, Rothko and Wagner. I’m a WordPress blogger too. Best wishes, Paul

    • Philip Lee says:

      Many thanks. Frank Lloyd Wright may seem a bit old-fashioned today, but it is his vision I admire, in the same way that architects can see the potential in using an old barn or an old church as an ‘alternative’ space for living.

  5. Delighted to discover your gem of a blog! I came to from an article on Germany returning to Turkey a sphinx from Hattusa, the Hittite capital. A few clicks in the night and there is Philip Lee.

    Tenochtitlan, magnolias, Klimt, Etruscans, Brahms, Mahler — and painting with your toes!

    O wonder!
    How many goodly creatures are there here!
    How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
    That has such people in’t.
    —William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene I, ll. 203–206[5]

  6. yeahanotherblogger says:

    I stumbled into/onto your blog today. It is terrific.

  7. […] could not resist this nice overview by the musician Philip Lee, of what a dictatorship implies or means. I would have loved it to be placed on my private blog […]

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