Teaching and Community
Live Music Now!
Paul has for several years been a performer and workshop facilitator for
Live Music Now! Founded by the late Yehudi Menuhin, this is the largest
music outreach organisation in Britain, and provides music for community
venues such as schools, hospitals, prisons, and special needs and elderly
care settings, delivered by young musicians. Divided into several regional
branches, the South West branch, with whom Paul has special ties, is the
largest branch and last year put on over 1000 concerts in around 600 venues.
More recently Paul and Benji ran songwriting workshops in
prisons in the South West and for MIND in Taunton. October saw the issue of
three CDs of music from Youth Offenders Institutions, on which Paul and
Benji collaborated with other LMN! musicians.
The Andover Museum Loft Singers
As musical director of this small and informal choir, so named because it
rehearses weekly in the loft of the Andover Iron Age Museum, Paul has been
able to explore and arrange local and Southern English traditional songs and
get the music back from whence it came. The Singers are a lovely and
enthusiastic bunch, drawn from all ages and walks of life, and they perform
regularly for concerts, seasonal celebrations and community events such as
fairs, church services, wedding receptions, and most recently the unveiling
of the Andover Christmas lights (on 18th November!).
National Youth Folklore Troupe of England (NYFTE)
Paul is Performance Consultant and Guest Tutor for NYFTE. Run by Dave Leverton and a band of dedicated leaders, NYFTE specialises in English dance, song and instrumental music, and provides training and performance opportunities for school-age children (who come from all over the country). Paul is a regular tutor at the Easter course at Tockington near Bristol, and has even been known to get up and have a go at dancing - once.
St Edward's School, Oxford
Although Paul started at Teddy's deputising for a friend in 1999, he soon
found himself sucked into the busy and dynamic music department (four
full-time music staff, a music secretary, about forty peripatetic teachers,
and, soon, a new purpose-built concert hall), and has been there ever since.
Although his principal job is as a singing teacher, he has done stints
teaching oboe, training the chapel choir, playing or singing in school
concerts such as a production of 'Carmen', a recent recital of Lieder, and
the forthcoming 'Les Miserables'. He has the occasional and dubious honour
of judging the House Singing Competition and aptly-named House 'Shout'.
Paul does a modicum of private tuition at home - voice, oboe, violin, piano,
theory, and extra help with GCSEs and A Levels.