Paul Walton

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St Mary Redcliffe

Paul Walton

(Bristol Cathedral)

Thursday 9 February 2017

1.15-1.55 pm

Paul Walton began his musical career as a chorister at Holy Trinity Church, Stratfordupon-Avon

(Shakespeare’s church), and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music,

with Margaret Philips, Matthew Owens and Kevin Bowyer. During this time, he was

Organ Scholar at St. Ann’s Church, Manchester, and then Sydney Nicholson Organ Scholar

at Manchester Cathedral, where his numerous recitals included seven all-Bach


He undertook two years of postgraduate study, gaining his FRCO (winning the Dixon Prize

for Improvisation), the RNCM’s Postgraduate Diploma, Professional Performance

Diploma (the highest award for performance offered by the College), and the Master’s

degree, with distinction in performance.

Since September 2001, Paul has been Assistant Organist of Bristol Cathedral. As well as

accompanying and assisting in the training of the Cathedral Choir, he directs the

Cathedral Consort. He gives one recital per term at Bristol Cathedral, and has also given

recitals at several other venues throughout Bristol such as St. Mary Redcliffe and Christ

Church, Broad Street. Other solo recital venues have included St. Peter’s Church, Eaton

Square, London (sponsored by the Keyboard Charitable Trust), cathedrals including St.

Paul’s, Liverpool, Coventry and Hereford, Westminster Abbey, Tewkesbury Abbey,

Rochdale Town Hall, Parr Hall, Warrington, and the Marktkirche, Hannover.

He has been accompanist for Bristol Cathedral Choir’s tours to France, Germany, Italy,

Poland and the USA. In Autumn 2012, Paul was appointed the Musical Director of Bristol

Phoenix Choir, and also recorded his first commercial CD, Rejoice and be merry!, a disc of

Christmas organ music on Regent Records. This was released in 2013 to wide acclaim,

including a 4-star rating in BBC Music Magazine, who said ‘Try his barnstorming assault

on David Briggs’s jubilant Sortie on ‘In dulci jubilo’ for size – epic!’ Paul’s performance of

Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride is at number 2 in Gramophone’s Top Ten Seasonal Organ

Showpieces. Paul’s second CD, In an Old Abbey, a programme of rare British organ music,

was Editor’s Choice in the December 2014 Organists’ Review. His third CD, For the Iron

Voice, a collection of 21 st century organ music, was released last summer.

Paul is also known as an arranger. He has penned an extensive collection of over 300

hymn arrangements, as well as numerous arrangements for organ and brass, including

Verdi’s Grand March from Aida, Brewer’s Marche Héroïque, Gigout’s Grand Choeur

Dialogué and the accompaniments to Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens and I was glad. These

have become widely used, especially the latter, and have been performed in Australia,

Canada and throughout the USA. Paul’s occasional forays into actual composition have

met with reactions ranging from ‘a real piece of grand creation’ to ‘a collection of musical


More information on Paul can be found at www.paul-walton.com

Paul Walton

(Bristol Cathedral)

Thursday 9 February at 1.15pm

Fantaisie in E flat Camille Saint-Saëns

Prière (op.20) César Franck

Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue Healey Willan

Please turn off mobile phones before the concert begins

Please do not take photos during the performance.

No Recordings can be made of this concert

without the permission of the performers.

Next week: Thursday 16 February

Andrew Kirk (St Mary Redcliffe)

The Arc Café in the Undercroft

Open Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

Tel: 0117 929 8658

Serving home made refreshments all day

Lunch served from 12 – 2.30 pm

(drinks without a food order may not always be available at busy

lunch times)

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