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 working primarily in film and choral music.
His music reflects his classical training but is diverse in style deploying a wide range of sonorities, both recorded and synthesised. His music is characterised by strong melodic content and he is preoccupied with the relationship between music, narrative and images. Paul's music has been performed and broadcast in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. He is published by Boosey & Hawkes and representation for film music is by SMA Talent.
Publication of Ring the Bells
Paul’s first Christmas carol, Ring the Bells, given its concert premiere at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Philharmonic Choir in December 2017, has now been published by Boosey & Hawkes. Copies my be ordered at this link which also includes a professional recording: http://www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Fincham-Paul-Ring-The-Bells-SATB-Divisi/2319797
Premiere of Awen
Awen, commissioned by the British Museum, was premiered in the Great Court of the museum by the London Philharmonic Choir on 21 June 2018 and repeated there (with an encore) on 23 June. The piece is specific to the summer solstice, the text based loosely on Welsh mythology and ending with a setting of a Druid chant. The video area of this site includes a short film about this.
Paul has been commissioned by Garsington Opera Learning and Participation, with librettist Jessica Duchen, to compose a youth opera for their youth opera company to be performed at Garsington (Worsley Park) on 2 August 2019. The opera is based on Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince.
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 numerous other awards including Best Film and Best Drama.
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.
Over the last several years Paul completed scores for 16 short films, nine of them made by RADA Films.
A CD comprising a selection of his own compositions was recorded at Belitha Studios and released on his own label, Belitha Studios, in 2014.