Dr Paul Hedley – Director

Paul Hedley’s musical education began in earnest as a school chorister, and he has been singing at a high level since the age of seven in Chapel and Cathedral Choirs. Ten years in the Oxford choral scene, first as a Choral Scholar then Lay Clerk at Magdalen College, and involvement with many other choirs including Schola Cantorum and Oxford Voices, was followed by time as a Lay Clerk at Gloucester Cathedral. Throughout this period he was developing his conducting, working with Musica Beata, the choir of Merton College, and as a stand-in for Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir, Monmouth and Stroud Choral Societies, and several others, and now also runs the Crown Singers. In recent years, he has studied with Peter Hanke and Jan Scheerer, and has a keen interest in the leadership aspects of conducting as well as the musical ones. He is a partner in Exart Performances, an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School, at the University of Oxford, has a PhD in theoretical Linguistics, and spent five years running the Three Choirs Festival.