Paul teaches Musicianship, Song Writing and Orchestral Conducting at Morley College.
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Paul began as a percussionist in military bands before progressing to an orchestral and freelance career. He studied percussion in the USA with Karen Ervin, and the UK with Michael Skinner, James Blades, Michael Frye, and Nicholas Cole. He is largely self-taught as a composer, although he has studied with Leonard Salzedo in the UK. A large number of arrangements of his have also been featured by ensembles and orchestras as well as broadcast on radio and television.
Paul has taught music at all educational levels and in formats from the experiential to the formal, has been an Artist in Residence at many schools, and a foundation Teaching Artist for the Victorian Arts Centre's Winterarts program. From 1991-1999, Paul lectured in Composition, Percussion and Performance-Related Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts School of Music, Melbourne.
Paul spent 1994-5 in the UK and Europe, where he was involved in music typography, harmonic chant, and flamenco. In 1998 he won the Best Composition by an Australian Composer Award in the Sounds Australian Awards, awarded annually by the Australian Music Centre; for his work Matters Arising, for multisaxophone soloist and 3 quintets.
He works in publishing and CD production for Cala Records. Three of his works feature on Cala’s The London Trumpet Sound, released in 2002/3. Other areas of work have included vocal study and performance, conducting, adjudicating, concert direction, and music journalism.
In 2005 his choral ode Uncover the Harp! Was commissioned by Victor Salvi for the 50th anniversary of the Salvi company and premiered at the World Harp Congress in Dublin.
He was awarded his PhD in composition in March 2013 by Goldsmiths College.