Biography of Trepte Paul:
Paul Trepte studied organ with Donald Hunt and Nicholas Danby and composition with Herbert Howells. He went up to Oxford in 1972 where he became organ scholar at New College. His professional career began in 1976 when he was appointed Assistant Organist at Worcester Cathedral. Thereafter followed posts as Director of Music at St. Mary's Warwick, and at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral (1985) where he quickly built up the reputation of the choir to new heights, implementing the decision of the Cathedral authorities to reinstate am all-male singing tradition. In September 1990 he succeeded Arthur Wills as Organist and Director of Music at Ely Cathedral.
Under his direction the choir maintains a busy schedule of services, concerts, recordings and tours - all to critical acclaim. Much of his work is as a composer, and is both published (by Faber and various other printing houses) and recorded; the Ely CD 'Carols from many Lands' (Ely 1995) consists entirely of his own Christmas arrangements. A sabbatical term in 2006 devoted to composition resulted in a number of new choral works some of which have now been printed by Encore publications. The sabbatical period also allowed him to complete a commissioned work which received its first performance by Lita Manners (mezzo-soprano) and members of The Britten Sinfonia in September 2007. Paul has conducted larger choirs and orchestras in Leamington, Ipswich, Cambridge and Aldeburgh as well asin Ely. He now tends to concentrate on the choral life of Ely and the surrounding district. In 2006 he founded a new Children's Choir for the Cathedral, known as The Ely Imps. In the recent past he has presented choral workshops in the United States and in Canada, and in 2005 he visited both countries again to lead courses for the Royal School of Church Music.
As an organist, he has played in Concert Halls, Cathedrals and Churches throughout the country besides undertaking concert tours in Russia and Greece. his most recent CD (liThe English Cathedral Organ, volume 6") comprising organ works by Liszt, Karg Elert and Reger was released in 2003 on the Regent label. The reviews have been enthusiastic.
Paul continues to conduct, compose, adjudicate and examine (principally for The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music). However his prime passion is for choral conducting of any kind and the daily round round of cathedral worship remains his foremost pleasure and concern.