Paul’s first composition was a trio sonata for violin, bassoon and organ and was premiered to an evensong congregation at St Cedd’s Canning Town, East London in 1970. Moving on he wrote concertos in a baroque style for Newham Symphony Orchestra. Sir Adrian Boult conducted one of these concertos, performed by the Newham Youth Orchestra.

On gaining a place at the Royal College of Music he studied composition with Phillip Cannon who managed to steer Paul into writing in a more modern idiom. Whilst at the Royal College Paul won second prize in a competition judged by the composer Malcolm Williamson and the pianist Bernard Roberts.

Apart from a large body of teaching and choral music, all written for immediate consumption, it was 30 years before Paul found his voice as a composer. A cycle of 9 songs was given its premiere at the Fressingfield Music Festival, Suffolk, in 2008.

In January 2009 the London Symphony Orchestra recorded Paul’s Cantata for the Commonwealth, with two smaller works, Harmonic Spaces and the anthem, Rights. The recording was made at the historic Abbey Road Studio 1 with tenor Steven Leas, the choir London Voices, bassoonist Andrea de Flammineis and conductor David Rowland.

The music was especially composed by Paul to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth in 2009. The 26th April 2009 marks the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of London, when the modern Commonwealth was established.

On 9 March 2009, the world premiere of Harmonic Spaces was performed at The Commonwealth Secretariat for HM Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, in celebration of Commonwealth Day. In the spirit of the theme of the Commonwealth@60, serving a new generation, 30 children from Chigwell School performed Harmonic Spaces under conductor David Rowland, Director of Music at Christ’s College, Cambridge University.

Paul also composed a Royal Commonwealth Fanfare specially for the occasion, which was performed by trumpets and drums as HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip were greeted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General and his wife Mrs Babli Sharma as the royal party arrived at Marlborough House.


Also in March 2009 Paul was delighted to have been commissioned by Mr & Mrs David Goode to compose a Bassoon Concerto in memory of the late Stanley Sadie CBE. Paul has already completed the work and it will be world premiered by soloist Andrea de Flammineis at the Cossington Festival in Sommerset, UK.

Works List

3 Orchestral Pieces


Cantata for The Commonwealth - chorus, tenor, orchestra

60th anniversary Commonwealth Fanfare for three trumpets and drums

60th anniversary Commonwealth Song, Harmonic Spaces – treble voices and orchestra

Anthem – tenor and orchestra/piano

Anthem and variations – tenor, two clarinets and two bassoons

9 Song Cycle – tenor and piano

The Well Tempered Bassoon for three and four bassoons

Trio for flute, oboe and bassoon

Trio for violin, viola and cello

Sonata for clarinet and piano

Sonata for flute and piano

Sonata for bassoon and piano

Sonata for oboe and piano

Sonata for violin and piano

Sonata for viola and piano

Sonata for cello and piano

The Castle of Mey - A Scottish fantasy for string orchestra

Texas Overture for Orchestra

Symphonic pieces - Sun, Moon and Stars

Nine Fantasias for solo piano

Concerto for Orchestra

Sonata for two cellos and piano

Five Octets for clarinet, sax, bassoon, contra bassoon, trumpet, violin, bass & piano

Five concertos for bassoon and orchestra

Five settings of Blake for choir and organ

Canticles for choir and organ

Piano Quartet

String Quartet

Works in progress

Opera – Kazan

Opera – Midsummer’s Night

Requiem Mass

Violin Concerto


Opera - Troy

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