Born in Huddersfield in 1964, Paul has been profoundly deaf all his life yet pursued a career as a musician. Initially a pianist and organist, he has a music degree from Wadham College, Oxford, a postgraduate performance diploma from the RNCM and holds ALCM and ARCO diplomas.
In 1988 he founded "Music and the Deaf", a charity to help deaf people enjoy music, which he ran for 27 years.
Since May 2015 he has been working independently, continuing to share his passion for music and for encouraging people to achieve their potential.
In 2007 he was awarded an OBE for Services to Music and also holds Honorary degrees from the University of Huddersfield and the Open University.