Cambridge educated to postgraduate level, Paul has taught piano, theory and A level music for the best part of four decades, as well as accompanying professionally. He has worked regularly at Truro School since 2006 and also at Truro High School since 2012.
Paul believes that music lessons and practising should be enjoyable and informative, demanding at times, certainly, but also de-stressing. He is happy to prepare pupils for grades, diplomas, scholarships, competitions and other assessments, and indeed work intensely when appropriate, but regards overall musical education as more important than the attainment of targets in a competitive environment. He feels very privileged to have worked with many musical and talented pupils.
Paul organises lunchtime concerts in Truro Cathedral over the Summer. There is always at least one young musicians platform concert, typically featuring very promising school leavers. He has also participated in much ensemble work; performances have included Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto in the Cathedral. His choral compositions have been sung by top quality cathedral choirs and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. He believes that performing and interacting with many of Cornwall’s leading musicians informs his teaching and benefits his pupils accordingly.