Major Restoration and/or Remodelling
Projects in progress / being planned
Paul Hale studied as an Organ Scholar at New College, Oxford and his career has centred around the organ and choral music. He undertakes organ consultancies around Britain and beyond, advising clients on all matters technical and musical, from the genesis of a project to its conclusion. Paul is Cathedral Organist Emeritus of Southwell Minster, has served as a diploma examiner for the Royal College of Organists and was conductor of the Nottingham Bach Choir for 29 years. In 2017 the Archbishop of Canterbury presented Paul the Lambeth “Thomas Cranmer Award” in recognition of his national work and achievements as a church musician and organ adviser.
Paul is an internationally acknowledged writer, with much published on organ restoration, construction and design. He writes a column in “Organists’ Review” and has regular articles in “Choir & Organ”. He regularly lectures, including to the Conference of Diocesan Organ Advisers, the Three Choirs Festival, the St Albans International Organ Festival the Incorporated Association of Organists and to numerous organists' associations.
New (or substantially new) organ projects he has supervised include the cathedrals of Manchester, Birmingham, Southwell, Rochester, Newcastle (Catholic), Merton College Oxford, churches in Cambridge (University church), Bridlington (Priory), Selby (Abbey), Repton, Maidenhead, Bedford, Nottingham (several), and schools such as Glenalmond, Radley and Repton. New organs have recently been installed in St Peter’s Wolverhampton, St Mary’s Maidenhead and St Andrew Bedford. Restorations and rebuildings are numerous and include Salisbury, Birmingham, Leicester and Ripon cathedrals, De Montfort Hall Leicester, Glasgow, Manchester and Sussex Universities, King’s Lynn Minster, Our Lady & the English Martyrs Cambridge, Solihull School and many more.
No project is too large or too small (insurance assessments are a speciality), and advice is also offered on digital organs. Paul works throughout the UK, from his base in the East Midlands.