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Paul Boyes

Professional staff - Bassoon


Paul Boyes


Born in Dunstable, Paul Boyes studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Whilst in his final year, he was appointed Principal Bassoon of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for 10 years. Since then, he has established a highly varied freelance career working as Guest Principal with almost every major orchestra in the UK including the Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English Chamber Orchestra and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as well as the John Wilson Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. As a soloist, he has performed concertos with numerous orchestras including the BBC Scottish and BBC Symphony Orchestras as well as giving recent performances of Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis for Elvis impersonator and orchestra.

A keen chamber musician, Paul has played with many respected ensembles such as London Winds, the Galliard Ensemble and the Sacconi Quartet, with recent concerts in Greece with ECO Wind Ensemble and in Japan with RPO Winds. In 2012, he formed a new ensemble to showcase the amazing repertoire written for large wind ensemble and in May of that year, it gave a highly successful debut concert in the Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, where it was joined by pianist John Lill for a performance of Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Wind alongside Serenade No. 10, Gran Partita, scored for 13 instruments.

In 2015, Paul was delighted to be invited to join the bassoon teaching staff at Trinity Laban. Formerly a teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he regularly visits other conservatoires around the country including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Northern College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire. He has also been invited to give masterclasses at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in Australia and the Festival d’Aosta in northern Italy.  Paul also enjoys coaching chamber music and directing larger ensembles.

Qualifications and Educational Background

Guildhall School of Music and Drama