Cherwell Choral Society

Music Director

Dr Paul Hedley – Music Director from January 2021

Paul Hedley’s musical education began in earnest as a school chorister, and he has been singing at a high level since the age of seven in Chapel and Cathedral Choirs. Ten years in the Oxford choral scene, first as a Choral Scholar then Lay Clerk at Magdalen College, and involvement with many other choirs including Schola Cantorum and Oxford Voices, was followed by time as a Lay Clerk at Gloucester Cathedral. Throughout this period he was developing his conducting, working primarily with 'Musica Beata', and he ran the Arcadian Singers of Oxford for two seasons. He now holds the post of Director of Music at All Saints Church, Didcot, and conducts the Wantage based chamber choir The Crown Singers.

In August 2021 Paul took up a new post as Assistant Director (Finance and Operations) of the Royal School of Church Music.

Paul is also the Managing Director of Leadership & Performance Development, an Oxford based coaching and leadership development business, and has a keen interest in the leadership aspects of conducting as well as the musical ones. At a fundamental level, open collaboration is the cornerstone of his approach, whether in one-to-one coaching, business facilitation, making chamber music, or on the conducting rostrum.