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Originally from South Wales and now residing in Gloucester Paul is in demand as a Conductor and Adjudicator throughout Europe. A former French horn and Tenor horn player Paul fulfilled his early musical promise being invited to join the world famous Black Dyke Mills Band aged 18. As a player Paul enjoyed considerable concert and contest success with Black Dyke Band and made several CD, radio and television appearances with celebrities such as Elton John, Jools Holland, The Beautiful South and Sting. Paul was fortunate to be part of the team that made the Brass Band “Grand Slam” holding the European, British Open and National Titles in the same year. Whilst studying music in Huddersfield University Paul also played with YBS, Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe and Fodens bands where possible. As a Conductor Paul’s main influence and passion for conducting came from James Watson during his tenure at Black Dyke. After graduating from University Paul returned to Wales and spent six years as Musical Director of the Newbridge band where he led them through a period of unparalleled success in their history; notably Champion Band of Wales on 4 occasions and Champion Band of Great Britain 2nd section rising from 3rd section to Championship during that time. As Musical Director of the Flowers band together they re-wrote their own record books achieving their highest ever results at the National Championships of Great Britain, British Open and Brass in Concert Championships. Paul became the first conductor to achieve seven West of England regional titles (five consecutive), a hat trick of Yeovil Entertainment titles and five wins (including a hat trick) at the popular, and lucrative, Butlin’s Mineworkers contest. In addition, he made 2014 an historic year for Flowers winning all of the above mentioned titles and the Grand Shield, followed by a third place in the British Open that year. As an adjudicator Paul enjoys an ever increasing schedule of appointments. He has adjudicated at the British Open, British Open Spring Festival, National Championships of Great Britain, the innovative SIDDIS contest in Norway, the Swiss Open, the Swiss National Championships, The French National Championships, Lithuanian Championships, Butlin’s Mineworkers as well as other high profile local, national and international competitions throughout Europe. Paul is a busy conductor, adjudicator, member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA), executive member of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors and an active member of the music panel for Kapitol Promotions.
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