Paul Martyn-West studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the Royal Academy of Music (R.A.M.), London. After gaining an Entrance Foundation Scholarship to the R.A.M., he went on to win a number of prestigious prizes including the Major van Someren-Godfrey Prize for English Song, the Elena Gerhardt Lieder prize, the Grisi Mario Prize and the Robert Alva Memorial Prize. Concurrently, he was awarded an L.R.A.M. and Certificate of Advanced Studies.
In 1992 Paul gained a Masters Degree with Distinction in Music Performance at City University, London (his main thesis is entitled ‘The Musico-Literary Development of E. J. Moeran’s Published Solo Songs’) and he was awarded the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers Prize for musical excellence. He has studied singing with Anthony Hocking and more recently with Cornelius L. Reid in New York, London and Frankfurt.
Paul regularly sings as a recitalist in programmes of English song and lieder and has sung in oratorio throughout Britain. His repertoire includes the tenor parts in: Haydn’s Creation , and Haydn’s Masses; Handel’s Messiah ; Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions (Evangelist and Tenor soloist) and Magnificat; Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Hymn of Praise; Mozart’s Requiem; Bruckner’s Te Deum; Janacek’s Otcenas; and Schubert’s Mass in E flat major. He has an extensive recital repertoire and has sung for the English Poetry and Song Society (EPSS), the Ivor Gurney Society and Peter Warlock Society. He has recorded for the EPSS and the London Dockland Singers (L.D.S) with whom he has been principal tenor for the last ten years. Paul has also had a number of his own compositions performed by the Thames Chamber Choir and L.D.S. and has been the dedicatory of a number of works by Andrew Campling, Margaret Wegener and Geoffrey Stern.
Besides being a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing, Paul runs an extensive private teaching practice in Central London and conducts vocal training days for a number of choral societies. He has published an article on singing in ‘Church Music Quarterly’ and has contributed a chapter to Cornelius Reid’s 90th birthday book ‘The Modern Singing Master’, published in 2002.