Born in Edinburgh, Paul began playing Baritone at the age of seven and went on to become the principal Euphonium player in the celebrated West Lothian Schools Brass Band, winning Scottish, British and European titles as well as several individual awards. He later attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music to study Euphonium with David Dowall, Electro-Acoustic Composition with Dr Alistair MacDonald and Trombone with Kevin Thompson and Lance Green. During his time at RSAMD Paul was awarded the Countess of Munster Musical Scholarship, the Bar capel Music Award, the Robert McCreath Memorial Prize and The Governors Recital Prize (Brass).
He has performed with Scottish Brass (BBC SSO brass quintet), RSNO Brass Quintet, Brass Ensemble and Big Band and numerous musical productions and freelance orchestras. Paul has also enjoyed performances with RTE Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra as well as all of Scotland’s major Orchestras. On a lighter note, Paul was intermittently a member of P&O Cruises’ in-house orchestras, a role in which Paul worked with artists and performers as diverse as Paul Daniels, Elaine Delmar, Roy Walker, Iris Williams, Gerrard Kenny, Allan Stewart and Claire Sweeney.
As well as teaching at the City of Edinburgh Music School, 2012 saw Paul appointed as a part time Brass Instructor for Argyll and Bute Council serving from Tarbert in the North to Campbeltown in the South of Kintyre. Dedicated to music education Paul also maintains a busy performing career as both a freelance music and a member of Alba Brass.