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Paul HalePaul Hale has recently ended a twenty-seven year spell as Cathedral Organist & Rector Chori at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire. He was previously Assistant Organist of Rochester Cathedral, Assistant Director of Music at Tonbridge School, Organ Scholar of New College, Oxford (studying under Sir David Lumsden & Prof. Nicholas Danby) and had been a music scholar at Solihull School, by whose chapel music his life-long passion for playing / designing organs and training choirs was inspired.

He is Conductor of the Nottingham Bach Choir, a Diploma Examiner and former Trustee of the Royal College of Organists, Secretary of the Diocesan Organ Advisers’ Conference, a Trustee of the Percy Whitlock Trust and formerly of the Nottingham Albert Hall Binns Trust, and until recently Chairman of the RSCM Southwell & Nottinghamshire Area. He holds the FRCO and ARCM playing diplomas and in recent years was awarded the FGCM and FRSCM ‘for distinguished services to church music’, along with the Lambeth Thomas Cranmer Award, presented in June 2017 by the Archbishop of Canterbury for his ‘distinguished service as Cathedral Organist and Rector Chori at Southwell’.

Organ Adviser to the dioceses of Southwell and Lincoln, Paul is in international demand as an independent organ consultant, interesting projects including new organs for Merton College Oxford, Manchester Cathedral, Newcastle R.C. Cathedral, Auckland Cathedral (New Zealand) and many parish churches, with projects at the cathedrals of Derby, Norwich, Newcastle, Bradford, Salisbury and Truro, at King’s Canterbury, Radley, Benenden and Bradfield schools, at numerous major churches including Selby, Bridlington, Doncaster, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn and Melton Mowbray, plus Glasgow, Sussex, Cambridge and Manchester Universities.

Paul gives organ concerts and lectures by invitation all over the world, in recent seasons being privileged to perform on such world-renowned organs as St Sulpice (Paris), Ottobeuren Abbey, Altenberg Dom, Magdeburg Dom, Bergen Dom, Brussels Cathedral, Birmingham Town Hall, the Temple Church, Reading Town Hall, Liverpool Anglican cathedral and several in the United States. Paul enjoys teaching the organ; his pupils and previous organ scholars are found in many cathedrals, on the concert platform and in universities. He is particularly well known for his writings on the organ (he is a consultant and author for the New Grove Dictionary of Music) and for his reviews and regular column in the international journal Organists’ Review, of which he was Editor from 1992 to 2005.


We are pleased to announce that the Campaign is a Beneficiary of two most generous legacies from the estates of the late Miss NESTA RAISE and Mr STANLEY OLD.

The Campaign will endeavour to use these legacies where it sees and recognises a need for financial help regarding a Traditional All male Choir.