Paul Henley
Bass-Baritone               Opera & Concert Singer
                                            Singing Teacher 

Paul Henley is from Worcester and trained at Birmingham School of Music (Birmingham Conservatoire) where in addition to Singing, he also studied Piano, Trumpet and Composition. His singing teachers have included Michael Rippon and Norman Bailey. His career has been very diverse and covers both Oratorio and Recital genres and his repertoire also includes songs from Musical Theatre. As an opera singer he has a repertoire of around thirty five roles. Opera companies he has sung with include Mid Wales Opera, London Opera Players, Pavilion Opera, Lyon Opera and Opera Omnibus (Opera South). With the London Philharmonic Chorus, he recorded Carmina Burana for EMI and with Noël Treddinick and The Langham Ensemble he featured on The Glory of the Psalms for Langham Records. He has held choir posts in several churches including Birmingham Cathedral, Holy Trinity Church, Brompton and The American Church in London. In 1986 he received a 'JIMI' Award for 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 at The Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1990, performing the role of Malooko in The Cherokee to national acclaim. He has toured extensively for The Council for Music in Hospitals and has sung at many national festivals including Brighton, Stogumber, Church Stretton and Guernsey. Paul has been regularly involved with the performance of 20th century and 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 Ragnell, Schoenberg’s Moses and Aaron with Lyon Opera, the role of Bartley in Vaughan Williams’ rarely performed opera, Riders to the Sea and The Curlew by Dawn Thompson. With Wide Angle Voice Theatre in 1997 he created the role of William Byrd in the world première of the opera, False Relations by David Stoll and subsequently went on tour with this production. Paul has also sung regularly on BBC Radio 4. He is the Founder and Director of Ludlow Training Choir and has both produced and directed stage works.

".....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