Paul Bennett hails from the picturesque Peak District National Park in the UK and started playing (initially on cornet) with his local brass band at the age of 11. Paul quickly moved onto Tenor Horn, joining the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain at the age of 15, where he attended five courses under such luminary figures as Elgar Howarth, James Watson, Jim Scott and Dr Roy Newsome, culminating in a memorable Royal Albert Hall performance at the 1989 Sir Henry Wood Proms, conducted by Sir Charles Groves.
Paul studied music at Salford College and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he graduated with BMus (Hons), under the expert tutelage of Howard Snell, Sandy Smith and Gordon Higginbottom. Paul has appeared as Solo Horn with every major brass band in the UK, as well as appearing twice with Michigan’s famous Brass Band of Battle Creek.
During his playing career with bands including Faireys, Fodens, Flowers and Desford Colliery bands, Paul’s contest successes have included the British Open, National Championships of Great Britain, All England Masters, European Championships, and Swiss Open Championships, to name a few.
Paul is a Besson Artist and his skills as a player, soloist and tutor means his is regularly sought after by leading bands worldwide, notably in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA.
Paul is regarded as one of the leading Tenor Horn players in the UK, is a previous ‘Horn Champion of Great Britain’ and also of New Zealand. In November 2017, Paul was awarded the coveted ‘Besson International Award’ at the Foden’s Solo Contest for second time, making him the only player to have won this award on more than one occasion.