Mr Paul Hamilton BA Hons., PGCE

Paul started his musical career at age 7 in Wellington Memorial Band learners class, taken by his father. Despite having to give up for a year due to losing his baby teeth(!), by age 11 he was Principal Cornet. Between the ages of 13 and 18, Paul played Principal Trumpet in City of Belfast Youth Orchestra.

After gaining a BA Hons. in Music and PCGE, Paul taught trumpet at City of Belfast School of Music and for NEELB, as well as playing full time as a musician in theatres, brass and wind bands while holding the position of Musical Director for Downshire Brass.

In 2008 Paul moved to the Isle of Man as a peripatetic music teacher, becoming Head of Brass and Percussion and, latterly, Deputy Head of Music, tutoring the Senior Wind Band for performances both locally and on tour to countries including Belgium and the USA. During this time, Paul continued to regularly play in theatre productions for well-known West End shows like Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.

Following his return to Northern Ireland in 2019, Paul took up the position of Musical Director for Harmonic Sounds Concert Band. He continues to play in ensemble groups as time allows.