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despite its contemporary techniques and methods, 'Four Scenes Unseen' is as expressive as the Fauré and as exciting as the Ravel that followed
Simon Fenton, The Yorker

A composer and performer from a young age, Paul's formal composition training began when he studied for his degree at the London College of Music, where he received tuition from Kit Turnbull, Paul Robinson, Francis Pott and Laurence Roman. Whilst in London he had works performed at the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, as part of the BBC/TVU 'Endangered Species Event' and by performers including Philip Mead, Suzanne Stanzeleit and Chris I'Anson.

Since then, Paul has completed an MA and PhD in Composition at the University of York under the supervision of Dr John Stringer. Paul's string quartet 'Nocturne' was selected for a workshop performance in a national call for scores by the internationally acclaimed Kreutzer Quartet, he has had performances by the Chimera Ensemble and the Ebor Singers and he was chosen as one of the finalists of the NCEM/BBC Young Composers' Award in 2009. Most recently, his composition 'Four Scenes Unseen' was premiered by the University of York Chamber Orchestra and received the following review, "despite its contemporary techniques and methods, 'Four Scenes Unseen' is as expressive as the Fauré and as exciting as the Ravel that followed" Simon Fenton, The Yorker.

Paul has been comissioned to write music and arrangements for a variety of different ensembles and perfomers, working in both the Contemporary Classical and Jazz world. He has also written music for education and training.

For more information please contact Paul via email pauledis@googlemail.com

List of Works - Contemporary Classical

Audio Samples

Elegy - Solo Cello, Duration 6 mins (performance by James Whittle)
Landscapes - Solo Trumpet, Duration 6 mins (performance by Richard Blake)
Bells - 2 Pianos, Duration 15 mins (5 parts)
Redemption - Duration 3 mins (performance by the Ebor Singers)
Four Scenes Unseen - Duration 13 mins (performed by the York University Chamber Orchestra)

Other Works

Nocturne - String Quartet, Duration 8 mins
A Series of Variations - Brass Trio, Duration 6 mins
Evolution - Small Ensemble, Duration 12 mins
The Whitsun Weddings - Piano and Tenor Voice, Duration 18 mins
Suite - Flute and Piano, Duration 6 mins
Mass - Choir and Organ
Riddles - Solo Clarinet
Echoes - Solo Flute
At The Still Point Of The Turning World - String Orchestra and Soloist
Lamb to the Slaughter - Solo Guitar

Sheet Music Excerpts


Arranger and Music for Big Band

Paul has written arrangements for orchestra, big band, string quartet, brass band, theatrical productions and for pop groups. For more information please get in touch.
Paul has a growing list of works for Big Band of varying difficulty. Here are some clips from when Paul worked with the Customs House Big Band in 2014.


Please Peace Piece

Customs House Big Band



Diminishing Returns

Customs House Big Band



Loop the Loop

Customs House Big Band




Email: pauledis@googlemail.com | Telephone: 07966628210