2-time Grammy Award winner as member of King’s Singers
Over 2,000 concerts in 17 years, Gramophone Hall of Fame
Sang for the Queen as early as 1977 Silver Jubilee Service in St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, London
His coaching specializes in encouraging audience engagement and confidence-building with soloists, conductors, choirs and ensembles
Paul's long career in the music business began in the 1970's, when he became a Chorister in St. Paul's Cathedral Choir in the City of London. He sang in the Queen's Silver Jubilee service in 1977 and recorded the Ivor Novello award-winning theme 'Nunc Dimittis' by Geoffrey Burgon, in the BBC adaptation of John Le Carre's 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' in 1979, for which he was later awarded a gold disc.
His musical education continued at the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester, England, between 1986 and 1991 where he studied voice and academic studies, spending his spare time learning the ‘art’ of singing in numerous different styles - as a member of Manchester Cathedral Choir, fronting a Big Band as well as recording with a Dutch group called 'Janus' (with whom he still writes and records nearly 30 years later!).
'In a way, it prepared me for the musical versatility of the King's Singers', says Paul, who mentions that his freelance career was well underway by the time he graduated. There followed a six-year period during which he continued to diversify, singing as a soloist in oratorio, taking part in pop and classical sessions, coaching the choristers of Westminster Under School and performing with the Monteverdi Choir.
In 1997, Paul successfully auditioned for the King's Singers, and joined in September of that year. Averaging more than 120 concerts annually, He has sung in many of the world's greatest concert halls, from Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall in New York, and travelled as far as Chile and New Zealand, Russia, China and South Africa. As well as a packed concert schedule, King's Singers recordings continue to be released to critical acclaim and Paul was co-producer on the 2009 Grammy-winning album, 'Simple Gifts', as well as performing on the 2011 Grammy-winning recording, Light and Gold', featuring works by the American composer, Eric Whitacre. In 2013, the King's Singers were also voted into the 'Gramophone Hall of Fame'.
In August 2014 Paul left the King’s Singers in order to develop his own brand: 'Purple Vocals: Perform and Engage', his coaching and engagement consultancy.
'It's important to me to pass on the many skills I have learned in 17 years as a King's Singer', explains Paul. 'My singing career continues as a guest soloist, but I also want to concentrate on educating, mentoring, lecturing, speaking and coaching. I feel uniquely placed to offer new perspectives and advice on the career development of musicians, as well as coaching choirs, ensembles and their conductors and speaking about the art of 'audience engagement'.'
His work as founder of 'PurpleVocals' continues to take him around the world, with regular visits to China, (coaching, performing and speaking in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Shenyang), Hong Kong (as a frequent ‘Artist-in-Residence’) across Europe, the USA (coaching and performing as Artist-in-Residence for Arizona Cantilena Chorale and as a guest coach with the Philadelphia Boys Choir.)
Late 2018 and 2019 sees him in Germany (as guest soloist with the Reutlingen Philharmonie), Finland (as coach and performer with the Sibelius School and Kuopio Youth Choir), further visits to Hong Kong, The Philippines the USA and Switzerland (where he runs a PurpleVocals Summer Choral Academy)