Paul Hale


Paul Hale at Southwell organ consolePaul Hale is a former cathedral organist, most of whose time is now spent as a profes­sional organ consultant and recitalist.

Paul was Rector Chori and Cathedral Organist at Southwell Minster, Nottingham­shire, from 1989 to 2016, having previously been Assistant Organist of Rochester Cathedral, Assistant Director of Music at Tonbridge School and Organ Scholar of New College, Oxford, where he studied with Sir David Lumsden and Professor Nicholas Danby, gaining an MA in Music. He is Conductor of the Nottingham Bach Choir and a diploma Examiner for the Royal College of Organists. He is also Organ Adviser to the dioceses of Southwell & Nottingham and of Lincoln.

Paul gives organ concerts and lectures all over the world, significant European venues including St Sulpice (Paris), Ottobeuren Abbey, the cathedrals of Magdeburg, Bergen, Brussels, Freiburg and Altenburg, as well as virtually all British cathedrals and concert halls. Paul enjoys teaching the organ; his pupils and previous organ scholars are found in many cathedrals, on the concert platform and in universities.

He is particularly well known for his writings on the organ (Paul is a consultant and author for the New Grove Dictionary of Music) and for his reviews and regular column in the international journal Organists’ Review, of which he was Editor from 1992 to 2005.  He himself has been warmly reviewed, a reviewer in the American journal The Diapason writing of his Karg-Elert Homage to Handel “…demonstrating Hale’s superb technical skills and his great musicianship”.