Paul Spicer began his musical training as a chorister at New College, Oxford. He studied with Herbert Howells and Richard Popplewell at the Royal College of Music in London.
Paul is best known as a choral conductor, and has made many CDs with the Finzi Singers for Chandos records.
He has conducted Bach Choirs in Chester, Leicester and Birmingham, the Whitehall Choir and is Conductor of the Petersfield Musical Festival. He is a regular guest conductor with the BBC Singers. Having taught at the Royal College of Music in London he now teaches choral conducting at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he also directs both chamber choirs, and at Oxford and Durham Universities.
A recording of Paul Spicer’s large-scale Easter Oratorio, commissioned for Lichfield Festival Millennium celebrations, was released in 2005.
His most recent commission is a choral symphony, Unfinished Remembering, commemorating the centenary of the first World War in 2014. With libretto by Euan Tait, the work was premiered in Symphony Hall, Birmingham in September 2014
Paul Spicer’s highly acclaimed biography of his composition teacher, Herbert Howells, was published 1998. He has also published a biography of the composer Sir George Dyson and is now working on a biography of Sir Arthur Bliss. He edited English Pastoral Partsongs, published by OUP.
He has written an overview of James MacMillan’s choral music and a practical guide to the choral music of Benjamin Britten, both commissioned by Boosey & Hawkes.
He runs a series of annual choral courses English Choral Experience. www.englishchoralexperience.co.uk