Paul Spicer is hailed as one of the leading choirtrainers in the UK. His current groups are the Whitehall Choir in London, the Birmingham Bach Choir, and the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir. He is possibly most widely known for his work with the Finzi Singers who were performing and recording between 1987 and 2000. Information about this important group can be found under the link below. He is in great demand as a conductor of choral workshops in many different parts of the world and all over the UK. He founded the English Choral Experience choral course based at Abbey Dore in Herefordshire which is a unique amalgam of choral course and Arts Festival situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Paul also teaches choral conducting and is one of the few executants to do this in the UK. He teaches at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Oxford University and privately.
There is a chapter in Jeffrey Sandborg's book English Ways: Conversations with English Choral Conductors in which Paul discusses his approach to training choirs. (ISBN 0-937276-26-X)
Since 2004 Paul has been Conductor of the Petersfield Musical Festival involving two choral and (usually) orchestral concerts each March in the Petersfield Festival Hall. Paul travels to Petersfield on a regular basis each year to conduct choral rehearsals and usually an annual choral workshop at Bedales School to introduce the repertoire for the season.
In 2014 Paul inaugurates a new chamber choir at Durham University (where he is an Honorary Fellow of University College) called DURESME – the Norman French name for Durham. It is intended that this will be a flagship ensemble in the university and it will be principally a recording group. The first recording takes place in January 2014 and will be devoted to the greater proportion of choral music by Sir George Dyson, released to coincide with the publication of Paul's biography of the composer. Paul also teaches conducting techniques at the university.