Paul Carr

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Selly Park Singers
In November 2015 Paul was appointed Musical Director to Selly Park Singers, a group of around thirty who meet in south Birmingham each week and perform twice each year with repertoire as wide-ranging as Byrd and Rachmaninov, masses, folk songs and jazz. Concerts in 2016 included Masses by Mozart, Haydn and Dvorak alongside works by Elgar, Bach and more. Concerts in 2017 will include an afternoon of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and arrangements of songs by the King’s Singers. 




The St Ignatius Singers
Paul is the Director of Music to The St Ignatius Singers, a choir of twenty formed in September 2016 who primarily sing Choral Evensong at churches around the West Midlands, usually once in each calendar month. At present they have been to, or are invited to sing at Christ Church, Coseley; St Mary’s, Handsworth; Holy Trinity, Wordsley; St Francis, Bournville; St Michael, Baddesley Clinton and St Michael and All Angels, Tenbury.



St Paul's in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Paul was Organist and Director of Music at St Paul's in the Jewellery Quarter in the city centre of Birmingham for 13 years from September 2003.

Unusually the choir of adults sang all year round, rather than termly only, alternating full Choral Evensong with Choral Eucharist. Alongside this weekly schedule the choir also sang an Advent Carol Service, Christmas Midnight Mass, Stations of the Cross during Passiontide, a Midnight Mass for Easter, a Requiem for All Souls and at various concerts.  


Under Paul's direction St Paul's choir sought to work collaboratively. In 2014 a new unaccompanied setting of the Requiem was commissioned from Calum Carswell. The choir premiered this work on Remembrance Sunday (Live Recording - Soundcloud).

Other new works and first performances given while Paul was Director of Music included works by Fraser Wilson, John Warren (UK premiere of Prayer of Ignatius of Loyola just a few weeks after its world premiere, by Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, USA) and John Barber (Inside: Psalm 121 and Bells of St Paul's 2006, an anthem for choir, organ and handbells in celebration of the first anniversary of the new ring of 10 bells installed in St Paul's in 2005). 




 The choir on Paul's 10th anniversary as Director of Music









 
 

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