Paul Bartholomew M.Mus has worked with a huge variety of musicians in many different styles and describes his musical interests as “too wide for his own safety” (from Ellington, Beethoven and John Cage to Charlie Mingus, Gil Evans and Pepper Adams).
As a studio and concert arranger/ MD he has worked with the RPO, Terry Riley, Pulp, numerous choirs and big bands and for a decade toured with Jools Holland as Baritone Sax player and arranger, performing with artists including Sting, BB King, Barry White, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Kylie Minogue, Lemmy (of Motorhead fame) and Chaka Khan. Recent large-scale arranging projects include working with the Puppini Sisters on their Moscow and Germany visits with full symphony orchestra versions of their material.
He has composed for film, TV and contemporary dance, as a sax player has performed on and worked as an arranger for all the Major TV channels and for 10 years ran Mbawula, a multi-cultural ensemble celebrating the fusion of South African song and European Big Band Jazz, with a strong community engagment focus.
Paul has taught at every level from beginner’s workshops to post-graduate composition at universities and conservatoires including the Department of Music at Goldsmiths (Analysis, History, Techniques and Arranging In Jazz); Royal College Of Music (C20th Music); Birkbeck College (Harmony and Counterpoint); City Lit. (Township music, Big Band); and Trinity Laban Conservatoire (C20th Studies, Making Art Happen, Engaging Audiences, Arranging and Musical Direction, Composition,Colab).
At Goldsmiths Paul currently teaches Saxophone, Arranging in Jazz,Techniques in Jazz and Performance, supervises Creative Research Project students and runs the department’s large Jazz Ensemble, Contemporary Jazz Ensemble.