Woking Young Musician of the Year Adjudicator, 2024

Paul Barritt

Paul Barritt has been leader of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the English Chamber Orchestra and until recently, the Hallé, having performed with this orchestra for the past 20 years.

His numerous recordings for violin and piano include the complete violin sonatas of Howells, Ireland, Stanford and Schoeck as well as the salon pieces of Albert Sammons (‘The English Kreisler’) and violin works of Rheinberger. With pianist James Lisney he has presented cycles of the Beethoven violin sonatas some 21 times, most recently in Holland and Belgium and has recorded Beethoven’s complete works for violin and piano on the Woodhouse label.

As a concerto soloist he performed Bach’s Double Concerto with Igor Oistrakh at the Barbican and with Maxim Vengerov with the ECO at the Proms.

With the Hallé Orchestra he gave performances of Beethoven Triple Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending. A recording of the Brahms violin sonatas followed as well as a recording of Antony Hopkins’ Partita for solo violin.

In addition he teaches and gives masterclasses as well as adjudicating at music festivals.

In recent years Paul has been much in demand giving talks and writing articles on the subject of birds and music, most notably for the Linnean Society of London.

In recent months Paul has given recitals and appeared as guest leader of the Orchestra of St John’s. Now in its twentieth season, he runs and delivers a very well attended series of chamber concerts, Tring Chamber Music, in West Hertfordshire.