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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.  

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 until August 2016, where he was responsible for raising the standard of music offered for the weekly liturgy, primarily through working with the choir of adults.

St Paul's is blessed with some of the finest acoustics in the city. It is a Grade I listed building, built in 1779 and set in Birmingham's only remaining Georgian square.

A high standard of choral singing was maintained week by week with an ever-growing range of anthems drawn from across more than four centuries, including new commissions.

An annual Stations of the Cross service during Passiontide and an Advent Carol Service were offered by the choir, and the choir sung at Midnight Mass for Easter, including a setting of the Mass by William Byrd and Schubert’s Mass in G.

Under Paul's direction St Paul's choir has sought to reach out and work collaboratively with composers and other choirs. 

In Autumn 2014 a new unaccompanied setting of the Requiem was commissioned, from Calum Carswell who went on to become Composer in Residence during 2016. The choir premiered this work on Remembrance Sunday. (Live Recording - Soundcloud).

Other new works and first performances have 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).

St Paul's choir has also collaborated with other choirs including:
Enchant (for Duruflé's Requiem)
Albion (for their Winter Songs concert)
and Broadway URC (for Fauré's Requiem)

choir twice visited St Michael and All Angels, Tenbury (Worcestershire)
to sing Choral Evensong.

Music on the first occasion:

Introit: Hail Gladdening Light - Wood
Canticles: Noble in B minor
Anthem: I saw the Lord - Stainer
Responses: Caldecote


 Choral Celebration:
St Paul's Choir and visiting singers celebrate the 235th anniversary of the consecration of the church

Choral works sung recently at the Sunday 6.30pm service include:  
From the rising of the sun – Sir Frederick Gore-Ouseley
Come down, O Love divine – Sir William H. Harris
Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks – Herbert Howells
Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts – Henry Purcell
Ave Verum Corpus – William Byrd
Mass in three parts – William Byrd
Blessed be the God and Father – S.S. Wesley
Ye choirs of new Jerusalem – Charles Villiers Stanford
Jesu, the very thought of thee – Sir Edward C. Bairstow
Holy is the true light – Sir William H. Harris
O Lorde, the maker of al thing – John Joubert
Sacerdotes Domini – William Byrd
Hymn to the Trinity – P. I. Tchaikovsky
And I saw a new Heaven – Edgar Bainton
When Jesus our Lord (from Christus) – Felix Mendelssohn                                        
The choir in September 2013: 
Hail Gladdening Light – Charles Wood                                                                     
 Paul's 10th anniversary at St Paul's 
My soul, there is a country – C. Hubert H. Parry
If ye love me – Thomas Tallis
Let my complaint come before thee O Lord – Adrian Batten
Here, O my Lord – Alan Smith
Though I speak with the tongues of men – Sir Edward C. Bairstow
Abendlied – Josef Rheinberger
I will give thanks unto thee – Henry Purcell
O God, thou art my God – Henry Purcell
Zadok the Priest – G.F. Handel
Te Deum in B flat – Charles Villiers Stanford
Vexilla Regis – Anton Bruckner
Tantum ergo –
Déodat de Sévérac   


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