Paul Spicer Becomes a Trustee
I was delighted to be asked to be involved with The Carice Singers as a new Trustee as I feel that what they are doing under George’s direction is so very close to my own heart musically, repertoire-wise and in the kind of group he wants his singers to be. I look forward to being involved.
Paul is one of the UK’s most highly respected choral conductors. His Finzi Singers brought him international acclaim especially through their many recordings for Chandos records. He has conducted the Bach Choir in Birmingham since 1992. He taught at the Royal College of Music in London between 1995 and 2008 and now heads the choral conducting department at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he also directs the chamber choir, which has gained a considerable reputation through its regular recordings on the Somm label. He is a regular guest conductor of the BBC Singers. He also teaches at Oxford and Durham Universities. Since 2004 he has been Festival Conductor of the Petersfield Festival.
Paul was a chorister at New College, Oxford. He studied with Herbert Howells and Richard Popplewell (organ) at the Royal College of Music, winning the College’s top organ award in his final year.
He is also much in demand as a composer, and the first complete recording of his large-scale Easter Oratorio, originally commissioned as part of the Lichfield Festival Millennium celebrations, was recognised by Gramophone Magazine as "the best of its kind to have appeared... since Howells's Hymnus Paradisi" and was chosen as an Editor’s Choice in the same magazine. Other major works include The Deciduous Cross, a work for choir and winds based on five poems by RS Thomas, Advent Oratorio, and the choral symphony Unfinished Remembering, commissioned for the centenary of the start of World War I, and premiered in Symphony Hall, Birmingham in September 2014.