Paul Henley
Bass- baritone               Opera & Concert Singer
                                            Singing Teacher 

Paul Henley comes from Worcester and trained at Birmingham School of Music (Birmingham Conservatoire) where he studied Singing, Piano, Trumpet and Composition. He graduated with Honours in 1983 and also that year was co-winner of the Birmingham and Midland Institute Prize. His singing teachers have included Michael Rippon and Norman Bailey. On leaving college he commenced a career as a freelance singer and is widely experienced in Opera, Concert and Recital work. He made his operatic debut with Surrey Opera singing the role of Hobson in Peter Grimes, having studied the role with Michael Rippon who sang the role for Britten in the 1969 B.B.C. television recording of the opera. Other companies he has sung with include Mid Wales Opera, Pavilion Opera, London Opera Players, Lyon Opera, Medway Opera Company and Opera Omnibus (now Opera South) and he has a repertoire of around 40 roles. During his diverse career he has worked with many eminent performers and producers including Peter Ebert, Norman del Mar, Eric Shilling, Gordon Clinton and Peter Gellhorn. In 1986 he received the Chatham News 'JIMI' award for the best musical actor of that year for his performance as Falstaff in Medway Opera Company's production of The Merry Wives of Windsor . He made his South Bank debut in 1990 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall performing the role of Malooko in The Cherokee for Opera Anglia to national acclaim. He also worked for the vocal group 'Wide Angle Voice Theatre' which was formed to take Opera and Musical Theatre to small communities in venues such as schools and village halls and they also gave workshops in schools. Paul has sung many of the major oratorios and has been regularly involved with the performance of contemporary music including the song cycle Casterbridge Fair by his composition teacher Andrew Downes, the role of Sir Gromer Somer Jour/Ballad Singer in the first London performance of Richard Blackford's opera Gawain and Ragnall  with Putney Children's Music Group and The Curlew by Dawn Thompson. With Wide Angle Voice Theatre in 1997 he created the role of William Byrd in the world premiere of the opera False Relations by David Stoll and subsequently went on tour with this production. He also toured extensively for The Council for Music in Hospitals where much lighter music and songs from the shows were included in the programmes. Paul also sang regularly on B.B.C. Radio 4 and was on the singing staff of two London churches - Holy Trinity, Brompton and The American Church in London. Paul has appeared at many national festivals including Brighton, Stogumber, Church Stretton and Guernsey and he is currently available as a soloist for Concert work.

".....a genuine theatrical flair.....Paul Henley declaimed with sonorous dignity and fine presence the lines of Malooko, the Cherokee chief of the title."​​

                                                                                 Arthur Jacobs, Financial Times

"Mr. Henley is a diligent and serious artist with a beautiful and flexible bass-baritone voice and excellent stage presence."

                                                                                     ​Peter Ebert, Opera Producer

"Paul Henley is a musician of high calibre, keen perceptivity, imagination and expansive musical interests."

                                                             Reymour Rice, (1923-2016), Piano Teacher

".....a fine baritone voice....."

                         Richard Silk, former Director of Studies, Birmingham Conservatoire

".....Paul Henley.....was equally impressive in the early recitatives and in his role as Adam."

                                                                                         Isle of Wight County Press

".....the resonant bass, Paul Henley."

                                                                                Eastbourne Gazette and Herald

"One of the most promising operatic singers in the country."

                                                                                         Worcester Evening News

".....he has an acute sensitivity as to style and composer....."

             Stephen Daw, former Head of Academic Studies, Birmingham Conservatoire

"The soloists, Gillian Tripp, Nina Alupi-Morton, Sebastiano Cipolla and Paul Henley were outstanding....."

                                                                                                 Dauntsey's School 

".....a very fine Bass Soloist" 

                                      Chris Thompson, former Head of Music, Dauntsey's School