Paul Carr Choral Directing


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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.
Recent concerts  have included Masses by Mozart, Haydn and Dvorak alongside works by Elgar and Bach; an afternoon of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and arrangements of songs by the King’s Singers; Choral Classics by Bach, Haydn and Brahms and John Rutter’s The Sprig of Thyme.

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The St Ignatius Singers

Paul is the Director of Music to The St Ignatius Singers, a choir of twenty inaugurated in October 2016 who sing for services at various churches around the West Midlands. Churches they have been to sing in recently include Christ Church, Coseley; St Mary’s, Handsworth; Holy Trinity, Wordsley; St Francis, Bournville; St Alban’s, Highgate, St Michael, Baddesley Clinton and St Michael and All Angels, Tenbury. Services have included Choral Eucharist, Choral Mattins, Choral Evensong, and Advent Carol Service and a Requiem.

What an amazing service at Christ Church this evening… A big thank you to the 300+ Coseley Folk who came along… We were treated to exceptional music by the hugely talented Paul Carr, Paul Hodgetts, and the St Ignatius Singers…

Rev’d Emma Stanford following the Tree of Light and Advent Carol Service at Coseley, December 2018

The St Ignatius Singers’ engagements in 2019 include:

        • Choral Matins for PBS
          at St Mary’s Handsworth on Saturday 2nd February at 11:30am
        • Choral Evensong
          at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 4:00pm
        • Choral Evensong
          at St Michael’s, Baddesley Clinton on Sunday 12th May at 3:00pm
        • Choral Evensong
          at St Mary’s Handsworth on Sunday 25th August at 4:00pm
          for the 200th Anniversary of the death of James Watt

Other Choral Directing

3-Shires Festival Choir

Paul Carrr directing 3 Shires Choir at St Hilda's Warley

In July 2018 Paul directed the festival choir at the inaugural 3-Shires Festival. The large choir sang Choral Evensong which included Parry’s I was Glad and Noble’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B minor.

St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Paul was 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.

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).

St Pauls Birmingham Choir Rehearsal
Paul Carr rehearsing St Paul’s Choir in 2012