he plays his organ recitals are received with much acclaim.......a
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Victoria Hall, Hanley
Paul Carr is a freelance organist and recitalist, choral director,
accompanist and teacher.
Based in Birmingham, UK.
Studied organ with Dr Roy Massey MBE at Hereford Cathedral and
Professor David Saint at Birmingham Conservatoire.
Graduated with first-class honours.
President of the Birmingham Organists Association for six years
Awarded Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire in June
Musician in Residence: Holy Trinity Parish
Church Wordsley, Stourbridge.
Liturgical Organist, Choral Director: passionate about the role
of music in service to the liturgy, Paul has extensive
playing and directing in a freelance role for church services far and
wide, for over 25 years.
Sunday Afternoon Organ Music: at Holy Trinity Parish
Church in Wordsley, Stourbridge
(on the first Sunday of the month, 3.00pm).
Thursday Live Organ Recitals: at St Chad’s Metropolitan
(on the first Thursday of the month, 1.15pm).
Director: Selly Park Singers, Birmingham
Director: The St Ignatius Singers
Director: Black Country Music Education Hubs Choir
Director of Music: St Paul's in the Jewellery Quarter,
Birmingham (13 years from 2003 to 2016)
Paul’s concert and recital schedule takes
him all over the UK:
Previous performances in Westminster Cathedral, Westminster
Abbey, St Bride’s Fleet Street Alexandra Palace and St Paul's Cathedral
in London, Birmingham Town Hall, Symphony Hall, Bath Abbey, Hereford
Cathedral, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Blenheim Palace, Truro
Cathedral, Victoria Hall Hanley, Keble College Oxford, St Giles'
Cathedral Edinburgh, St David's Hall Cardiff, and Blackburn Cathedral.
Performed often in Germany, including three Angeluskonzerte
at the Lambertikirche in Münster and twice in the Orgelpunkt
series in Magdeburg Cathedral. Twice performed in Notre-Dame Cathedral,
Paris (2008, 2017).
Performed in the United States at Washington National Cathedral
and five times in Birmingham’s sister city of Chicago.
Played in the series of dedication concerts inaugurating the new organ
at Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue, Chicago in April 2016.
Built by Quimby Pipe Organs, the organ is the largest in Chicago and the
Paul is particularly noted for his
eclectic programming, drawing on his extensive repertoire of organ
literature and organ transcriptions. For more than 20 years he has
given monthly organ recitals in the Midlands, now numbering over 300
recitals; these have included performances of many major organ works in
their entirety including the 6 symphonies of Louis Vierne, all 6
Trio Sonatas of J.S. Bach and Mendelssohn’s organ sonatas in the
composer’s 200th anniversary year
His début solo CD recording 'French Flavours', released on
the Regent Records label, was recorded at St Chad’s Metropolitan Cathedral,
Birmingham. It is the first commercial solo recording of the very fine
1993 Walker instrument. The disc has received critical acclaim
including a five-star rating in Choir & Organ magazine; it was
named 'Editor's Choice' in Organists' Review.
Collaborations with: The Birmingham Bach Choir (Director Paul
Spicer), The City of Birmingham Choir (Director Adrian Lucas) including
a CD of Christmas music, The Henry Ley Singers (Director Richard Dawson)
recording a CD of choral music by Clive Russell in Keble College Chapel
Oxford, Gig Caritas (Conductor Keith Horsfall) including Poulenc's Organ
Concerto with Stourbridge Chamber Orchestra.
Paul has toured with choirs to Poland,
Germany, the Czech Republic and the USA.
In April 2015 he was organist for The City of Birmingham Choir's concert
tour to Paris which included accompanying at Notre-Dame Cathedral and
solo performances at La Madeleine and St-Germain-des-Prés. In April 2017
he accompanied the choir's tour to Vienna, including a performance of
Handel's Messiah in the Stephansdom with the Wiener Domorchester.
Extensive work as a choral accompanist
Organist to visiting choirs in cathedrals around the country
18 years in primary education,
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
as part of the RSCM’s educational outreach programme Voice for Life,
and a Meet-the-Organ Day for primary schools.
In 2017 Paul directed the specially-formed Black Country
Music Educations Hubs Choir in preparation for their appearance as
part of the BBC Proms Youth Choir at the First Night of the
Proms, performing John Adams' 'Harmonium' with the BBC Symphony Chorus
and BBC Symphony Orchestra.
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