Meet Paul Hale
Our Independent Organ Adviser
Paul Hale was Cathedral Organist & Rector Chori at Southwell Minster for 27 years, where he recruited, trained and developed its professional choir of men and boys; on retiring from the cathedral in 2016 he was granted the title of ‘Cathedral Organist Emeritus’ by the Dean & Chapter.
Educated as a Music Scholar at Solihull School, Paul studied with Sir David Lumsden as Organ Scholar at New College (1971-74), Oxford. He holds the FRCO and ARCM playing diplomas and has been awarded the FGCM and FRSCM honoris causa ‘for distinguished services to church music’. In 2017 the Archbishop of Canterbury presented Paul with the Thomas Cranmer Award for his ‘immense and devoted service over 27 years'.
Paul is in international demand as an organ consultant, with a wide selection of projects always in hand. These have been as diverse as the civic churches at Wolverhampton and King’s Lynn, Leicester’s De Montfort Hall and Lancaster’s Ashton Hall, Glasgow, Manchester and Sussex Universities, Merton College Oxford, Bridlington Priory and Selby Abbey, Marlborough and Radley Colleges. He also designed the organs in the cathedrals of Rochester, Birmingham, Manchester and Southwell and has supervised restoration work at Leicester, Oxford, Salisbury, Ripon, Bradford and Truro Cathedrals.
Paul runs choral events, lectures and gives organ concerts all over the world; venues in recent years include St Sulpice & La Madeleine (Paris), Ottobeuren Abbey, the cathedrals of Magdeburg, Bergen, Brussels, Freiburg and Altenburg, as well as many British cathedrals, concert halls and universities.
He is well known for his writings on the organ (including in the New Grove Dictionary of Music) and for his reviews and regular column in the journal Organists’ Review, of which he was Editor from 1992 to 2005. He himself has been warmly reviewed, a critic writing of his Karg-Elert Homage to Handel recording “…demonstrating Hale’s superb technical skills and his great musicianship.”