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Mr Paul Henley

Biography

Paul Henley is from Worcester and trained at Birmingham School of Music (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) where he studied Singing, Piano, Trumpet and Composition. He graduated with Honours in 1983 and also that year was co – winner of the Birmingham and Midland Institute Prize. His singing teachers have included Michael Rippon and Norman Bailey. On leaving Birmingham School of Music he commenced a career as a freelance singer and is widely experienced in Opera, Concert and Recital work. He made his operatic debut with Surrey Opera singing the role of Hobson in 'Peter Grimes' having studied the role with Michael Rippon who sang the role for Britten in the 1969 B.B.C. television recording of the opera. Other companies he has sung with include Mid Wales Opera, Pavilion Opera, London Opera Players, Lyon Opera, Medway Opera and Opera Omnibus and he has a repertoire of around forty roles, including Colline (La Bohème), Falstaff (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Masetto (Don Giovanni), The Marquis (La Traviata), Antonio (The Marriage of Figaro), Bartley (Riders to the Sea), Silvio (I Pagliacci) and Michele (Il Tabarro). During his diverse career he has worked with many eminent performers and producers including Peter Ebert, Norman del Mar, Eric Shilling, Gordon Clinton and Peter Gellhorn. In 1986 he received the Chatham News 'JIMI' Award for the best Musical Actor of that year for his performance as Falstaff in Medway Opera Company's production of 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'. He made his South Bank Debut in 1990 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall performing the role of Malooko (The Cherokee) for Opera Anglia to national acclaim. He has also worked for the vocal group ‘Wide Angle Voice Theatre’ which was formed to bring Opera and Musical Theatre to small communities in venues such as schools, community centres and village halls. In addition to their performances in such venues they also gave workshops in schools. He has sung many of the major Oratorios including Verdi’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Fauré’s Requiem and Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’, this with Shrewsbury Choral Society. He has also sung much contemporary music including the Song Cycle ‘Casterbridge Fair’ written by his composition teacher, Andrew Downes, the role of Sir Gromer Somer Jour/Ballad Singer in the first London performance of Richard Blackford’s opera ‘Gawain and Ragnall' with Putney Children’s Music Group and ‘The Curlew’ by Dawn Thompson. With Wide Angle Voice Theatre in 1997 he created the role of William Byrd in the world premier of the opera, 'False Relations' by David Stoll and subsequently went on tour with this production. He has also toured extensively for the Council for Music in Hospitals where much lighter music and songs from the shows were included in the programmes and also sang regularly on BBC Radio 4. He was also on the professional singing staff of two London churches – Holy Trinity, Brompton and The American Church in London. Paul has appeared at many national festivals, including Stogumber, Church Stretton, Guernsey and Brighton. As a singing teacher his appointments have included Mountview Theatre School, East 15 Acting School and Dauntsey’s School.

Contact Paul

Address: Hungerford
Nr. Craven Arms,Shropshire
Shropshire
SY7 9HG
Phone: (01584) 841321
Fee (60 minutes): £33.00

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