Sunderland Symphony Orchestra


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Musical Director

Paul Judson

Paul is a founder member of the orchestra, leading the bassoon section. He was later co-opted to serve on the committee, and was appointed Assistant Conductor in June 2013.

He joined the Army as a musician directly from school and served a number of years with the Royal Artillery Band where he developed his instrumental playing. In 1979, having completed the Bandmasters Course at the Royal Military School of Music Paul was appointed as Bandmaster of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment where he stayed until his military retirement in 1989.

Having moved up to the North East to join the Sunderland music service as a woodwind teacher he remained with them until 1995. In 2000 Paul spent nine months in Auckland, New Zealand as Director of Instrumental Studies at St Peter's College.

Following the resignation of Ray Farr in December 2013, Paul agreed to accept the position of Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the orchestra.

Having recently retired from teaching woodwind with the Tees Valley Music Service, Paul has now been appointed as The Honorary Local Representative for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, for Durham.

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