Paul Sawbridge
Paul has been on the BHS Committee since 2000 and has served as both Treasurer and Secretary. He started playing the horn at 15 and studied in Manchester with Bob Aspden and Sydney Coulston, and three years later became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He then read Engineering at Liverpool University and whilst there studied with Ifor James. He free-lanced in the north of England playing with the Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham and many of the BBC Orchestras. He decided in his twenties that music was a hard way to earn a living and returned to University to do PhD in low temperature physics. He then worked in nuclear energy for 26 years whilst pursuing a parallel professional career playing horn and Wagner Tuba. The musical work was broadened to include arranging, opera with WNO and other companies, work in the musical theatre and theatre including the RSC and Bristol Old Vic including numerous broadcasts and recordings.

In recent years he has also performed on original instruments, the baroque horn, the classical hand horn and the Vienna Horn. He is particularly keen on chamber music and is a founder member of Harmonie Musik and Corucopia. He currently holds a teaching post at the University of Bristol.

Away from music his interests are mountaineering, rugby, gardening and cats. The mountaineering included an attempt to get in the Guinness Book of Records by playing hose pipe duets at 22500 ft in the Himalayas with BHS member Alistair Smith.

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