Birmingham-based organist, choral director, teacher and accompanist. Recitalist at UK venues and abroad performing 30-40 concerts annually.
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Paul Carr is a freelance musician based in Birmingham and is in demand as an organist and recitalist, accompanist, choral director, adjudicator and teacher. He studied organ with Dr Roy Massey MBE at Hereford Cathedral and Professor David Saint at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with first-class honours. Paul was President of the Birmingham Organists Association for six years until 2014 and this year has been awarded with Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire. In addition to performances on many of the finest instruments in the UK, which have included York Minster, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral London, solo engagements have taken him to Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and France where he has given two organ recitals at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. There have been several visits to the USA, where Paul has performed solo recitals both in and around Chicago and at Washington National Cathedral. He is particularly noted for his eclectic programming, drawing on his extensive repertoire of organ literature and organ transcriptions. For more than twenty years he has performed monthly in the Midlands; his current series Sunday Afternoon Organ Music takes place at Holy Trinity Wordsley, Stourbridge, on the first Sunday of every month. In addition he can be heard as one of the regular performers in the Thursday Live series which he founded in 2008. After eight years at St Paul's Church, Birmingham, the recitals are now held at St Chad's Metropolitan Cathedral, Birmingham on the first Thursday of each month Paul worked in education for 18 years, class-teaching throughout this time and leading as Music Coordinator in a large junior school, whose choir and string orchestra enjoyed popularity performing in local venues outside school. Recent projects with schools include a Young Voices Festival in Wordsley and a Meet the Organ Day with primary schools in Solihull. Paul has worked extensively as choral accompanist and he regularly accompanies visiting choirs in cathedrals around the country, notably Priory Voices and, for many years, The Linsdale Singers. He works frequently with The Birmingham Bach Choir and in April 2015 played for The City of Birmingham Choir’s concert tour to Paris which included accompanying at Notre-Dame Cathedral and organ solos at St Germain-Des-Pres and La Madeleine. He has recorded a CD of Christmas music with The City of Birmingham Choir and Heart of England Brass, and a CD of choral music by Clive Russell with The Henry Ley Singers in Keble College Chapel, Oxford. Other collaborations include an exploration of repertoire for organ and piano with pianist Michael Jones and a range of songs from Purcell to Gershwin with soprano Fiona Hammacott. Paul’s début solo CD recording French Flavours was released in 2012 on the Regent Records label. Recorded at St Chad’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Birmingham, it is also the first commercial solo recording of the fine 1993 Walker instrument. It has received critical acclaim including a five-star rating in Choir & Organ magazine and Editor’s Choice in Organists Review.
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