Paul Turner

Paul Turner – 2021 Festival Accompanist

The Festival is very grateful to the Official Accompanist for all his hard work in providing such a high standard of musicianship and support for our entrants.

This year we have restructured the fees so that no extra fee is required for the use of the official accompanist. The official accompanist will not be available for piano or guitar classes.

Paul Turner specialises in chamber music, having worked with eminent musicians throughout his career. He enjoyed a prize-winning studentship, culminating in the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence and the Peter Pears Accompaniment Prize, adjudicated by Pears himself. He studied with John Streets and Geoffrey Parsons, and is an elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), a discretionary award given to past students in recognition of their contribution to the music profession. His early professional experience included working for organisations such as Live Music Now, the Young Concert Artists Trust and the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme.

A widely experienced recitalist, his work has taken him to Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Berlin, Valencia and Paris, as well as London’s leading venues and UK Festivals. Renowned for his sensitive playing, he excels in a wide range of genres.

You may request the services of the Official Accompanist in an Own Choice class only if you supply the title and composer details on your entry form. Please send a copy of the music you will be using to our Music Librarian: John Carter, 38 Truelocks Way, Wantage OX12 7EF, by May 28th. Ensure your name & class number is on each copy. See also festival rules at the back of this syllabus.

  • To help with logistics around piano cleaning, we regret that we will not be able to allow you to provide your own accompanist this year.
  • To help the accompanist, please write on the metronome mark at which you expect to perform the piece.
  • If you would like a chance to practice with the official accompanist (at a charge) before the festival, this may be possible subject to Covid-19 regulations. The timing slip you will be sent once your entry is accepted has contact details.