Paul Edwards (composer)

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Paul Christison Edwards (born 19 March 1955(1955-03-19)) is an English organist and composer of music for the Anglican Church.

Biography[change | edit source]

Paul Edwards spent his childhood in the village of Turvey in Bedfordshire. He liked church music, especially the sound of the big organ in the church at Turvey. He became a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral for four and a half years and then spent the same amount of time as lay clerk at Peterborough Cathedral. He has been organist and choir master at several churches in Bedfordshire, including All Saints, Turvey and St. Paul's Church, Bedford. He works as a teacher, piano accompanist and choral singer [1].

Edwards has made a series of recordings of interesting old organs of North Bedfordshire. He has transcribed and edited ten volumes of 18th century English Organ Music. The list of all his compositions has 450 opus numbers. They include about 150 hymn tunes and a large number of anthems. Many of these works have been published in collections including Hymns for Today’s Church, Psalms for Today and Carols for Today. His carol No Small Wonder, written in 1983 was published in Carols for Today in 1986 and was recorded on LP by Canterbury Cathedral Choir. It was sung at the famous Nine Lessons and Carols service broadcast on the BBC Television by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge in 2000 [2]. His music has been recorded on several CDs.

Edwards finds inspiration for his compositions in the English countryside, especially that of Norfolk [3] He also enjoys driving and photographing busses and coaches.

References[change | edit source]

  1. God be in my head – Choral works by Paul Edwards REGCD339
  2. No Small Wonder, Music for Christmas and Remembrance by Paul Edwards; The Concord Singers, 2001, LAMM 139D
  3. Charlotte Fone in interview with Paul Edwards in Two Countries: One Heart. A collection of essays about Slovak and British music; BHS, Bedford Charity, 2005

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