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London concert for Depaul UK Charity for homeless young people

Paul Ibberson Album Cover PhotoOn Friday July 18th 2014, London composer Paul Ibberson will perform a concert of voice and piano music at St Mary’s Church in Walthamstow Village, E17 in aid of Depaul UK, a charity for young homeless people.

The concert will highlight the distinctive sound that the Sheffield-born musician – a Walthamstow resident since he left school – has made his own. As well as the concert, there will be an album released later in the year.

An encounter with a young homeless person on the streets of Vauxhall, led Paul into a friendship that brought into sharp relief the plight of those forced to live rough on the streets. Their number has been growing exponentially year on year; a trend that shows no of diminishing. Depaul UK is an international charity whose aim is to help the young homeless and disadvantaged. Since Depaul UK started in 1989 they have worked with over 60,000 young people providing them with safe emergency and longer term accommodation, helping them to re-build family relationships and encouraging them to fulfil their potential through employment and training schemes.

The President of Depaul UK is Sir Trevor McDonald OBE. Every year – 80,000 young people experience homelessness in the UK alone. Paul studied formal composition under the Czech composer Antonín Tučapský and Dr Glen Morgan, and was awarded the Chappell and Halford composition prizes while at Trinity College of Music, London. His great-grandfather, an organist, was taught by Louis Vierne, himself a friend and assistant to C­ M Widor (Toccata).

Paul has been teaching music since the age of 18, and has taught over 25,000 hours of music. He now teaches at Kew House in South West London, as well as in his local area of Walthamstow, East London. In 2013, Paul’s vocals and piano featured on DGM Records (Robert Fripp’s label) alongside Andy Yorke (Unbelievable Truth) and Lewis Taylor.

Paul has scored two short animation films for the award-winning director Lizzie Oxby – one of which won at the Bilbao International Film Festival. Lizzie’s success in the US has meant that she is away for extended periods of time, although the UK remains her home. Paul’s work with household-name brands has seen him write a large orchestral work for the launch, in Bahrain, of a luxury bespoke perfume, as well as music for Barclaycard, Unilever, BBC World, MTV Europe and Channel 4, to name a handful. His own music inhabits a peaceful, filmic world. Rich harmonies interlaced with choral nuances underpin lyrical melodies, and gentle tempos elicit a sense of calm. All of this reflects Paul’s early life as a chorister where, as a child, he appeared regularly on TV and radio with Ripon Cathedral Choir.

Paul’s songs contain elements of both classical and pop music, yet they resolve gracefully into a new form: a new paradigm that is both a respite from the over-stimulation of modern life, and a departure from the norm of modern-day music.

CONCERT IN AID OF DEPAUL UK by PAUL IBBERSON; 18TH
JULY 2014. ST MARY’S CHURCH WALTHAMSTOW LONDON E17.

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