We don't know exactly when Philips was born or anything about his parentage however we do know that he was brought up by Sebastian Westcote the organist and almoner of St Paul's Cathedral. Westcote was also a notorious recusant and upon his death Philips who didn't have powerful aristocratic patrons to protect him fled to the Continent in order to be able to worship without fear of persecution. His travels before settling down included three years in Rome where he lived alongside such musical geniuses as Palestrina, and de Victoria. He worked alongside Felice Anerio and his favourite composer seems to have have been Marenzio. You can hear the Italian, in particular Roman, influences very clearly in his setting of Panis sancte, panis vive (Holy bread, living bread) it's almost a madrigal and features some nice musical depictions such as the descending lines that illustrate 'qui descendisti de caelo' (who came down from heaven) and which he re-uses at the end of the motet. Enjoy :-).