Paul Bambrough is recognised as a highly versatile musician who balances a busy performance schedule with teaching and conducting.
As a tenor, Paul has appeared at most of the country’s leading concert venues and cathedrals. He studied voice with Noelle Barker, Maureen Morelle and Ian Baar and received coaching from Paul Hamburger. His extensive repertoire of oratorio works have included performances of Handel’s The Messiah & Samson, Haydn’s The Creation, Nelson Mass, Bach’s Magnificat, St John & St Matthew Passions (Evangelist), Mozart Requiem, Puccini Messe di Gloria, Britten’s St Nicholas, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle, and Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise and Elijah. He has given numerous recitals including performances of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, Finzi Dies Natalis, Vaughan-Williams’ Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola and Strings and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. His operatic appearances include Tamino (Magic Flute), Lenski (Eugene Onegin), Don Jose (Carmen), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore), Prince Hal (At the Boar’s Head) and Ferrando (Cosi).
Paul studied the organ at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol under its charismatic organist Dr John Marsh and continued his studies at Guildford Cathedral as an undergraduate at the University of Surrey. He has given numerous recitals and has broadcast on both BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 (Morning Worship), as well as a number of television appearances for both the BBC and ITV. Despite little in the way of formal training, he has also been active as a pianist and has worked with some of the world’s most distinguished singers including 'The Three Tenors', Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Sir Williard White and the late Philip Langridge. More recently he has gained a reputation as a fine harpsichordist and has given numerous performances of Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations and an acclaimed innovative project English Suites, Old and New in which he premiered four new works for Harpsichord alongside the Suites of Henry Purcell.
Paul conducted his first opera at the age of 13 having formed an opera company for the purpose and this led to a life-long passion for directing vocal music. He has conducted all of the large scale choral works (some, multiple times!) and enjoys the thrill of working with choirs large and small. He has also conducted (and directed) many operas including Carmen, Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville, Hansel and Gretel, Dido and Aeneas, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow as well as all of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas (some, multiple times!!).
Described by a former Secretary of State for Education as “one of the most inspiring teachers of his generation”, he has gained a national reputation for his work in Post-16 Music education. As Director of Music at the Sixth Form College Farnborough, his passionate dedication to excellence led to the creation of the largest 'A Level' Music Department in the country, comprising some 500 students actively engaged on courses and/or enrichment activities. His work was recently the focus of a BBC Radio 3 “Music Matters” documentary which celebrated the scope and ambition of Farnborough’s Music Department as a “story of astonishing achievement”. This year, Michael Gove formally recognised Paul’s achievements as a “prestigious contribution to music education in the UK”.
Performance work for 2015 includes:
- Schubert Winterreise (Singer)
- Handel Organ Concertos (Organ)
- Mozart Piano Concertos for Chamber Ensemble (Piano/Director)
- Complete Schumann Song Cycles (accompanist)
- Opera Alberelli (Artistic Director)
Areas of Expertise
- Post 16 Music Education in the UK
- Teaching and Learning in Post 16 Music Education
- Italian Operatic and Song repertoire of the 19th and early 20th Century
- Voice teaching with particular emphasis on technique and the solving of technical issues.
- Repertoire coaching for singers
- Piano Accompaniment (for singers)