Selly Park Singers

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In November 2015 Paul was appointed Musical Director to Selly Park Singers, a group of around forty 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 Paul’s time as Musical Director  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; John Rutter’s The Sprig of Thyme; Jazz arrangements of popular moon-themed songs; English part-songs by composers including Parry, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Folksongs, Opera Choruses, songs from the Great American Songbook and original works and arrangements of well-known songs by Dennis Pim.

Read review of recent SPS concerts here…

Paul directing Selly Park Singers in concert Spring 2024
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The St Ignatius Singers

The St Ignatius Singers was a choir of around twenty inaugurated in October 2016 specifically to sing for the liturgy. Churches included 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 included Choral Eucharist, Choral Mattins, Choral Evensong, Advent Carol Service and All Souls’ Requiem.

Paul Carr conducting in Coventry Cathedral 2019

Highlights included singing Choral Evensong in Coventry Cathedral and at Service of Light at Christ Church Coseley.

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 in Coseley.

Sadly plans for 2020 and beyond, which had already included a concert in Holy Trinity Amblecote, Choral Evensong at Bournville and an Advent Carol Service, had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Other Choral Directing

St Bart’s Penn Spring 2019

From January until Easter Day 2019 Paul was Acting Choral Director at St Bart’s Penn, where he is one of the organists. With Choral Evensong each week a wide range of repertoire was covered including canticles by Stanford, Sumsion, Howells, Harwood and Walmisley, responses by Sumsion, Rose and Smith, and anthems by Bach, Farrant, Wesley, Mathias, Lloyd and Howells.

3-Shires Festival Choir 2018

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

In 2018 Paul guest-directed the Festival Choir at the inaugural 3-Shires Festival.

Black Country Music Education Hubs Choir 2017

Proms Youth Choir 2017 on BBC2

In the first half of 2017 Paul directed the specially-formed Black Country Music Education 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.

St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham 2003-2016

St Pauls Birmingham Choir Rehearsal

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, alternating full Choral Evensong with Choral Eucharist. For years the main service at St Paul’s was on Sunday evening. 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. The live recording can be found on SoundCloud here…

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).

Paul Carr Choral Directing