Paul grew up in Nottingham (UK) and following a degree in Applied Biology opted for a professional music career, initially within rock and pop bands. Produced by Soft Cell’s Dave Ball, his band, SENSE released several singles and an album in the 1980s.
In 1989 he made a successful move to writing music for television and film. Following scores for The Worst Witch, Noddy, Fimbles and Clay, Paul received an Ivor Novello award for his theme to the animated series, Bob the Builder. Paul has also co-produced two innovative theatre productions: ‘Frankenstein - The Creation’ and the spectacular outdoor staging of ‘Q - Live from a Quarry’, based on the science- fiction classic, ‘Quatermass and the Pit’.
In 2003 Paul commissioned the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Juliet Stevenson to perform his ambitious, The Snow Queen project. Recorded first as a CD it received its world premiere at the Barbican Hall in London. In 2004 his production company, SQ Productions secured a BBC commission for a film version of The Snow Queen starring Juliet Stevenson and Patrick Stewart. Paul was co-executive producer. Since 2006, SQ Productions has been developing a raft of projects including the sci-fi feature film based on the Brian Aldiss novel, Non-Stop.
Paul also co-produced and arranged YES guitarist, Steve Howe’s 2012 solo album, TIME and contributed piano to the Webster Wraight Ensemble’s seminal jazz/deep house album, No Lucky Days. 2012-13 saw Paul scoring four series of the popular animation series, Toby’s Travelling Circus.
In July 2014 Paul showcased a new work, Celestial at the Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall. An orchestral version will premiere in June 2016. Performances feature time-lapse projections by Cornish film-maker, Graham Gaunt and soundscapes by sound recordist, Chris Watson.
Paul is currently collaborating and recording with lyricist, Paul James and developing a feature film based on the life of celebrated war correspondent, Clare Hollingworth.