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 Resident Composer with St Austin's Choir, Wakefield, UK

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BIO

Paul Marcellus Granger was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and he was taught to play the piano by his father while at primary school. He went to St Cuthbert's Grammar School in Newcastle (a contemporary of Sting), where he was able to include Music in his studies and obtained a grade A at A-level. He subsequently obtained a degree in Physics from Newcastle University and an MSc in Meteorology from Reading University and has worked at several companies and locations as an IT Systems Developer before fully retiring in 2019.

 

He has sung bass in various church choirs over the years and also played in rock bands occasionally. In the late 1970s he wrote and demoed songs with his friend Richard Robinson. They never had any commercial success, although they had a song signed with EMI which was never used.

He was part of a prog rock band called Xonique. along with his friends Richard Robinson and Jimmy Towler. This was a keyboards, guitars and percussion outfit influenced by progressive rock bands like Emerson, Lake & Palmer. They wrote a rock concept album in 1980 entitled "After The Bomb", although again there was no commercial interest. Paul later played in a couple of electronic bands and a rock gospel band in the 1980s.

Following a job-related move to Yorkshire in 2003, he joined St Austin's Church Choir in Wakefield and was inspired to start writing music for the choir in late 2006 with a piece to celebrate the refurbishment of the Church's medieval statue of Saint Anne. He has since written a Mass setting, a number of Christmas carols and various other pieces for soloists and SATB choir. Several of these have been used in Church services at St Austin's and choir concerts.

choral

CHORAL

O Glorious St Anne

This motet was the first choral piece which Paul composed, in late 2006, and it was mentioned in an article about the Saint Anne statue in the Wakefield Express.

Anima Christi
Salve Regina (solo version)

Usually SATB (see Videos section) but this version is sung by Ann Ganley

Ubi Caritas
Amazing Grace
In Flanders Fields

Written to commemorate the 2014 centenary of WW I,

cello played by Helen Barber

duets

DUETS+SOLOS

Pie Jesu

Sung by Ann Ganley & Lorraine Branson

Ave Maria (solo)

Sung by Suzi Saperia

The Lord's my shepherd

Sung by Suzi Saperia

Rejoice In The Lord
There is no rose
The Lord He is my shepherd

Sung by Ann Ganley & Lorraine Branson

Sung by Ann Ganley

Sung by Lorraine Branson

carols

CAROLS

Christ Is Born!
Soft falls the snow
Resonet in laudibus
While Shepherds Watched
Videos

VIDEOS

Gallery

GALLERY

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Paul (on left) writing songs with his friend Richard Robinson, in around 1979

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Paul playing keyboards in an electronic-style band, at an outdoor gig in North-East England in around 1981

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Paul (2nd from left) in the choir at St Joseph's Church, Bishop's Stortford, where he sang bass from 1992-2003

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