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.
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.
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.