Director of Music

Conductor Paul Hale

Paul Hale has been musical director of the Nottingham Bach Choir since September 1990. He is also Southwell  Cathedral Organist Emeritus.  For more than twenty-seven years Paul directed a distinguished professional choir at Southwell in daily services, concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours. He was honoured by being elected President of  the Cathedral Organists’ Association for the period 1999-2001.

Paul was a Music Scholar at Solihull School, then Organ Scholar at New College, Oxford, form which University he graduated with an MA and a PGCE.  He taught at Tonbridge School then moved to Rochester Cathedral where he directed the Rochester Choral Society.  Paul holds the FRCO and ARCM organ performing diplomas and in 2006 he was elected an FRSA. In 2008 in Canterbury cathedral he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians for having ‘served the cause of church music with distinction’, following that in Durham cathedral with a similar award from the Royal School of Church Music.

Having left Southwell Cathedral in the summer of 2016 Paul is full engaged on many fronts: as Diocesan Organ Adviser to Southwell & Nottingham and to Lincoln (South), a Diploma Examiner for the Royal College of Organists, an accredited member of the Association of Independent Organ Advisers, and as Secretary of the Diocesan Organ Advisers’ annual Conference.  He is in international demand as an organ consultant and designed the tonal schemes for the organs in the cathedrals of Rochester, Birmingham and Southwell, has supervised restoration work at Leicester, Ripon, Carlisle and Oxford Cathedrals and is currently involved with organ projects at the cathedrals of Newcastle, Bradford, Manchester, Salisbury, Truro, Norwich – and Auckland (New Zealand) – the largest new organ built in the UK since 1954..

Paul has appeared as a soloist at the Three Choirs Festival and lectured at the St Albans International Organ Festival, and was a consultant and author/reviser of twenty-three articles for the second edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, responsible for 20th century organists. He has twice been President of the Nottingham & District Society of Organists. Paul gives organ concerts, choral workshops and lectures all over the world, in recent seasons being delighted to include such world-renowned organs as St Sulpice (Paris), Ottobeuren Abbey, Magdeburg Dom, Bergen Cathedral, Birmingham Town Hall, the Temple Church, Reading Town Hall and Liverpool Anglican cathedral in his concert schedule. Paul enjoys teaching the organ; his pupils and previous Southwell 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 and for his reviews (including for BBC Radio 3’s Record Review) and regular column in the international journal Organists’ Review, of which he was Editor from 1990 to 2005.

Paul’s recordings (both with his former cathedral choir and also solo organ) have received critical acclaim in the national press including Gramophone.  His solo concerts and appearances as Conductor of Nottingham Bach Choir have also received warm praise – “my most invigorating choral experience of the year” was the Church Times’ comment on the NBC Stanford Requiem. Rehearsing NBC on a Tuesday evening remains one of the highlights of his week.

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Paul’s website can be found at www.PaulHale.org

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Assistant Director of Music and Accompanist 

Peter Siepmann was appointed as assistant director of music  and accompanist to Nottingham Bach Choir in June 2017. He has conducted the choir’s annual Christmas concert held at St Peter’s Church for several years so he is already known to the choir and its audiences.

Peter’s musical education began as a chorister at Bruern Abbey and continued at St Edward’s School, Oxford. During his time at the University of Nottingham (from which he holds both undergraduate and doctorate degrees), he directed the university chorus, orchestra and chamber choir. Following graduation  he was a teacher of music in the renowned music department of Uppingham School for several years.

Peter became Director of Music at St Peter’s Church in 2007  and trains and directs the church choir Sunday by Sunday as well as for their concerts abroad. He developed the church’s popular Saturday morning series of ‘Coffee Break’ concerts and  oversaw the fund raising, design and installation of the new church organ.

Peter Siepmann lives in Ruddington with his wife Adele and their young son Alexander.

 

NOTTINGHAM BACH CHOIR
CONCERT SEASON 2017-18

GF HANDEL
SAUL
Saturday 25th November 2017
St Mary's Church. Lacemarket.

JS BACH
St JOHN PASSION
Saturday 24th March 2018
St Mary's Church, Lacemarket.

ROSSINI
PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE
Saturday 16th June 2018
St Mary's Church, Lacemarket,