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2017-01-29
Wonderful Bach at St Martin in the Field, London

Whitehall Choir with Brandenburg Baroque Soloists orchestra and soloists gave a moving performance of two major works by J S Bach at St Martin in the Fields last night.

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2016-12-14
Advent Oratorio performance a triumph

A really exciting performance of my 2009 Advent Oratorio in Lichfield Cathedral on 10 December showed the revisions to be really effective. 

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2016-09-15
New publications by Paul and Boosey & Hawkes

Fabulously presented new vocal score of revised Advent Oratorio and new publications from Boosey & Hawkes of 'There is no Rose' and 'How Love Bleeds', four choral pieces for the Christmas season.

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2016-07-19
10th anniversary ECE Abbey Dore week starting

The 10th anniversary of the original English Choral Experience course at Abbey Dore begins on Sunday 24th July.

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2016-07-19
Paul conducts the Manchester Chamber Choir at Buxton Festival

A challenging programme gets rapturous receoption at Buxton Festival.

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2016-03-30
English Choral Experience French course starting

Today, the ECE course near St Emilion starts and we look forward to welcoming 30 singers to the beautiful old Domaine estate.

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2016-02-29
String of concerts just starting

Paul is conducting a series of choral and orchestral concerts starting on 5 March

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2016-02-14
Concert with Ex Cathedra a great success

Paul was asked to stand in for the indisposed founder/conductor of Ex Cathedra Jeffrey Skidmore at very short notice last Sunday.

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2016-02-14
Paul awarded Fellowship from Victoria College

Paul has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Victoria College, the examining college based in London.

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2016-01-15
New publications by Boosey & Hawkes

Another work has been added to the growing list of works being published by Boosey & Hawkes

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2015-10-24
USA trip in progress and a huge success

Paul is on his annual trip to the USA to conduct and teach in South Carolina.

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2015-10-06
Great choral weekend in Dordrecht, Netherlands

Paul has just conducted his annual choral weekend in Dreischor, Netherlands culminating in the singing of Choral Evensong

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2015-08-30
Samuel Barber choral works recording now out

The next disc from the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir is now out and is the complete choral works of Samuel Barber. 

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2015-08-11
First publication from Boosey and Hawkes is out

Drop, drop slow tears is the first of Paul's choral works to come out from Boosey and Hawkes in their Contemporary Choral Series.

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2015-07-29
ECE week an amazing success

Paul's English Choral Experience course at the end of July was the 9th and a great success with Harris's The Hound of Heaven being the star attraction!

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2015-04-20
Boosey and Hawkes to publish Paul's choral music

Contracts were delivered today for the publication of the first tranche of my choral music by Boosey and Hawkes.

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2015-02-27
Paul to join Cathedral Chapter

Paul has been invited by the Bishop of Lichfield to join the Cathedral Chapter.

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2014-12-30
More good news on the Howells CD

The Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir's CD is a disc of the year in Gramophone and receives a 5 star accolade in Choir and Organ magazine.

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2014-12-06
Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir's Howells disc Editor's Choice in the Gramophone

It is wonderful that the Conservatoire Chamber Choir's disc devoted to Howells raraities has been chosen as an Editor's Choice in The Gramophone.

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2014-11-01
Exciting fortnight in the USA

New York and Columbia, South Carolina were the two centres for a fortnight of fascinating musical experience.

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2014-09-24
George Dyson Composer of the Week on Radio 3 featured Paul in each programme.

George Dyson was Composer of the Week on Radio 3 29th September onwards and Paul was involved in every programme.

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2014-09-17
Composer John Joubert joins chorus of praise for Unfinished Remembering

The distinguished composer John Joubert added his words of praise for Unfinished Remembering following Saturday's performance

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2014-09-16
Unfinished Remembering premiere a triumph

The world premiere of Paul's choral symphony 'Unfinished Remembering' on Saturday 13th September was warmly received by public and performers alike and proved to be a profoundly moving experience.

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2014-09-10
Paul's Unfinished Remembering premiere IMMINENT

The premiere of Unfinished Remembering is this Saturday the 13th September.

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2014-09-04
Howells biography to be republished

Paul's seminal biography of Herbert Howells is to be republished this month (September 2014).

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2014-08-03
Dyson biography launch at Worcester

The second launch of Paul's biography of Sir George Dyson took place on 2 Augsut at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival

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2014-07-19
English Choral Experience course 2104 under way

The 2014 English Choral Experience course is now under way at Abbey Dore in Herefordshire

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2014-04-08
First Dyson biography launch

The first launch event for Paul's major biography of Sir George Dyson will be at 6.30pm (after Choral Evensong) Friday 6 June 2014 in Lichfield Cathedral Bookhop. Everyone is welcome. Wine and nibbles too!

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2014-03-20
Vocal scores of Unfinished Remembering published and in use!

The vocal scores of Paul's new choral symphony Unfinished Remembering  look fabulous and are now in use by the Birmingham Bach Choir. Anyone interested in having a perusal score should contact Paul's agent Val Withams through this site.

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2014-03-09
Dyson biography nearly here!

Paul's major biography of Sir George Dyson about to be published.

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2013-11-08
Inspirational USA tour

Paul has just returned from a memorable USA tour visiting New York, Columbia, South Carolina and Louisville, Kentucky.

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2013-08-13
Honorary Fellowship of University College, Durham

Paul has been awarded an honorary Fellowship at University College, Durham (the Castle)

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2013-06-04
Howells Studies Volume now published

A volume of essays on various aspects of Herbert Howells' music has just been published and is now available. 

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2013-06-03
Howells 2nd Violin Sonata edition released

Paul's edition of the 2nd Violin Sonata by Herbert Howells has just been published by Novello.

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2013-05-19
Finzi Singers Britten recordings re-released

Chandos Records are re-releasing the Finzi Singers' three CDs of Benjamin Britten's choral music in June for his centenary.

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2013-05-15
Unfinished Remembering choral symphony finished.

Paul's major commission for the 2014 1st World War centenary is now complete in short score and orchestration is well under way.. 

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2013-05-15
English Choral Experience CAMERATA course a great weekend

We held the first ECE Camerata chamber choir course at Abbey Dore over the weekend of the 11/12 May and 36 singers came to work on a challenging programme of music.

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2013-04-21
Flanders and Swann evening a sell out success!

Paul's Picking up the Dropped Hat show with Andrew Lumsden a huge success

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2013-04-21
English Choral Experience ABROAD course a wonderful week

The course under the banner of Paul's English Choral Experience held at La Maison Verte in Roujan in the Languedoc region of South West France was a great success and culminated in a terrific concert in the beautiful ancient church at Fontes.

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2013-02-07
Paul's 'Darwin Close' hymn tune to be included in new Hymns Ancient and Modern

Following the growing popularity of Paul's hymn tune 'Darwin Close' to Tom Wright's words 'You shall go out with joy' Hymns Amncient & Modern are to publish it in the book's new edition.

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2012-11-09
Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir's next CD release

The Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir's recording of rare Stanford part songs has now been released on the SOMM lable and is already gathering enviable reviews. The Observer described the sound as 'richly jewelled' with 'every line defined, every nuance explored, every word clear, adding that 'many a choir could learn from these singers'. 

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2012-11-09
Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir Delius/Ireland recording OUT

The recording for SOMM records of part songs by Delius (his 150th anniversary) and Ireland (the 50th anniversary of his death) has just been released.

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2012-07-16
Paul completes Britten and MacMillan choral guides for Boosey & Hawkes

Two huge tasks have just been completed - the guide to the complete choral music of Benjamin Britten, whose centenary falls in 2013, and the up-to-date guide to all James MacMillan's wonderful choral music.

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