Paul Carr

(International Concert Organist)

 

Programme  (Back to 2019/2020 Season)


Johann Strauss II (1825–1899)

Die Fledermaus: Overture [Arr. Paul Carr]


Dieterich Buxtehude (c.1637–1707)

Präludium in D


J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Clavier Übung III: Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam BWV 684


J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543


Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

Sonata in D: Allegro


Paul Spicer (b.1952)

Kiwi Fireworks

Overture-Theme; Scherzo; Meditation; Dance; Introduction & Finale


Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Vocalise [Arr. Paul Carr]


Louis Vierne (1870-1937) - Symphony no 6: Final

Biography


Paul Carr is in demand as an organist and recitalist, accompanist, choral director and teacher. He studied organ with Dr Roy Massey MBE at Hereford Cathedral and Professor David Saint at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with first-class honours. Paul was Director of Music at St Paul's, Birmingham until 2016, President of the Birmingham Organists Association until 2014, and in June 2015 was awarded Honorary Membership of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Paul’s concert and recital schedule takes him all over the UK, where he has performed on many of the finest instruments. He has performed in Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic and France where has given two organ recitals at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

There have been several visits to the USA, where Paul has performed solo recitals in New York, Illinois and at Washington National Cathedral. In 2016 he played one of the dedication concerts on the new 5-manual Quimby organ in Fourth Church, Chicago. For more than twenty years Paul has given monthly organ recitals in the Midlands. His current series Sunday Afternoon Organ Music takes place at Holy Trinity Wordsley on the first Sunday of every month at 3pm. He can also regularly be heard at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham where he plays around half of the recitals in the monthly Thursday Live series. His début solo CD recording French Flavours was recorded at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham and has received critical acclaim, including a five-star rating in Choir & Organ magazine and Editor’s Choice in Organists' Review. Paul has worked extensively as choral accompanist and was organist for The City of Birmingham Choir's 2015 concert tour to Paris and in 2017 accompanied their tour to Vienna. He has recorded a CD of Christmas music with The City of Birmingham Choir and Heart of England Brass, and a CD of choral music by Clive Russell and Benjamin Britten with The Henry Ley Singers in Keble College Chapel, Oxford. Paul worked in primary education for 18 years until 2014, class-teaching throughout this time, he is regularly engaged by Dudley Performing Arts for both accompanying and choral-training projects. Paul is Musician in Residence at Holy Trinity Parish Church Wordsley, Stourbridge; Director of Music to The St Ignatius Singers; Organist to St Bartholomew’s Parish Church Penn, Wolverhampton and Musical Director of Selly Park Singers.
 
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