Paul Carroll’s career as a professional musician began in East London when at the age of 9 he joined the local church choir and began an association with church music that would last over 40 years both as a chorister and as an organist & choirmaster.

At about the same time his father began teaching him to play the piano and at the age of 14 he began studying the bassoon at the local state-run music school, The Newham Academy of Music. Paul was educated at East Ham Grammar School for Boys. As well as playing in Newham Youth Orchestra, Paul played in Newham Symphony Orchestra.

In 1973 Paul began studying bassoon with Geoffrey Gambold at the Royal College of Music, London where he passed his ARCM diploma with honours in 1977. On leaving the Royal College he worked as a session musician mostly in television and pursued his career as a soloist and chamber musician.

As a session musician he performed with a diversity of artists such as Frank Sinatra, Benjamin Luxon and the conductor Owen Arwell Hughes. He has played principal bassoon with the Hanover Band and recorded with the Taverner Players under Andrew Parrott. His love of the music of Antonio Vivaldi, and his desire to emulate the woodwind multi-instrumentalists of the eighteenth century drew him into the world of historical instruments and he taught himself the baroque bassoon and later the baroque flute, oboe and recorder.


In 1985 Paul formed the chamber ensemble Badinage. Over 25 years Badinage has performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe. In London at the South Bank Centre, Badinage has performed nearly 100 concerts. The ensemble varies from 3 – 16 musicians and the repertoire focuses mostly on the solo virtuoso woodwind repertoire accompanied by keyboard and strings. Badinage has recorded 10 critically acclaimed CD’s on the Meridian label, of music composed by Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann, Devienne. Quantz, Leclair, Haydn, Boismortier, Corrette and Albinoni.

Paul was described by the UK’s Galpin Society Journal as the “only musician in this country and probably the world, who plays all four main baroque woodwind instruments to a high professional standard”, and by The Scotsman as “the champion of the baroque bassoon”.

Paul’s next recording project is to record all 39 Vivaldi concertos for bassoon and strings; this collection will comprise 8 CD’s and will also include Vivaldi’s concertos for flute.

Paul Carroll

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