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Post-Easter period remains high activity

Paul's pre-Easter concert period, one of his busiest to date, has been followed by yet more relentless activity...  

Paul's pre-Easter concert period was a major event and, never letting the grass grow under his feet, the period post-Easter has been almost equally relentless. Going straight to France on Easter Sunday night he ran the annual English Choral Experience week near St. Emilion with a wonderfully dedicated group of singers. He returned to begin work at the Birmingham Conservatoire and preparation for the Chamber Choir's recording of music by Richard Rodney Bennett which will take place later in June.

The ECE course in France was followed closely by another hugely successful ECE Camerata weekend at St. Cross Hospital in Winchester. Really excellent singers in a beautiful place.

The Birmingham Bach Choir is on absolutely top form and the preparation for their French concerts on 17 and 24 June are pure pleasure in this his 25th anniversary season with the group. The Whitehall Choir's preparation for Paul's last concert with them on 6 July at St. Peter's Eaton Square in London is going very well and the final concert will be an emotional evening. 

Paul's work on Lichfield Cathedral Chapter is fully involving and he is chairing a sub-committee relating to the Cathedral's music. 

Regular teaching at Oxford this term has been stimulating and his teaching days are long and full.

Reserch for his biography of Sir Arthur Bliss is about to start in earnest this summer and he hopes to make significant progress in the coming months.

The Sir George Dyson Trust, of which Paul is Chairman, is working hard to increase knowledge and awareness of Dyson's music building on Paul's biography published in 2014. It is a big job but we have an excellent team of Trustees and we look forward to the London Bach Choir's recording of Dyson's early Choral Symphony being released in November from Naxos. This was the major work which Paul dioscovered at the Bodleian Library during his researches. The recording will include Paul's booklet notes.

The English Choral Experience course at Abbey Dore is coming up in July and is bigge3r than ever. This is its 11th year and the second of the big conducting course which is now a major part of its activities. We have eleven young people joining us for this.


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