Paul started composing at school and read music at Cambridge University where he was Music Director of Cambridge Footlights. After a successful first career he is now pursuing a second career as a composer. His music is published by Boosey & Hawkes.
The Happy Princess (youth opera commissioned by Garsington Opera)
The Happy Princess, a 60 minute youth opera to a libretto by Jessica Duchen (after Oscar Wilde), was commissioned by Garsington Opera and premiered at Wormsley Park on 2nd August 2019 under Jonathon Swinard with Lara Marie Muller in the title role. A short account of the performance by Susan Elkin who is reviewing it for Opera magazine is here: http://www.larkreviews.co.uk/?p=5375
Ring the Bells (Christmas carol)
Paul’s first Christmas carol, Ring the Bells, premiered at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Philharmonic Choir in December 2017, is published by Boosey & Hawkes and has been adopted by the UK homeless charity, Crisis, to which all composer royalties have been pledged: http://www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Fincham-Paul-Ring-The-Bells-SATB-Divisi/2319797
Best original score award
Paul's first feature film score, for A Reason to Leave, won Best Original Score at the London International Filmmakers Festival in London in February 2017. Written and directed by Norman Gregory and filmed in Dorset and Tuscany, the film has won other awards including Best Film and Best Drama.
Over the last several years Paul has completed scores for numerous short films, working with RADA Films and other clients.
Belitha Studios is Paul's home studio in Islington, based around a Steinway model B and a fully equipped integrated composing/ recording console. Its primary purpose is to provide a work/ recording space for his own music but it also serves as a platform for private recitals mostly given by up and coming young artists.
A CD comprising a selection of his own compositions was recorded at Belitha Studios and released on his own label, Belitha Studios, in 2014.