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Professional Musician with Trumpet At The Heart








For over 35 years Paul Denegri has earned his reputation as an inspirational and creative teacher, conductor, composer, arranger, performer and adjudicator.


In 2008 in recognition of his services to music education and achievement within the music profession Paul was awarded an Honorary Associate from the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Paul began his musical career as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, studying trumpet with Colin Cleague (English National Opera). A move to Trinity College London saw him study the trumpet with Iaan Wilson (BBC Symphony Orchestra), John Wilbraham (BBC Symphony Orchestra) and composition with Dr Brian Blackwood. At Trinity College he was awarded the I’ll Sono di Ottone Prize for Performance twice in successive years and the Student Union Chamber Prize. Following on from music college he performed with many orchestras, including the London Festival Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

In 1986 he was appointed Head of Brass Jazz and Commercial Music at Wells Cathedral Specialist Music School continuing to lead both Brass and Rock & Pop, two highly successful and inspirational departments within the specialist music school until 2019.

From 2018-2020 Paul held the post of Head of Music Performance at Wells Cathedral School.

During Paul's time at Wells he also held the post of principal conductor of the schools philharmonic orchestra and also rehearsed the Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra.

In 2007 he was invited to be the Artistic Director of The South West Music School.

As well as being the patron, Paul is also Musical Director of Wells City Band. A specialist trumpet teacher at Trinity Academy Specialist Music School in addition to being a songwriting consultant and teacher at Sherborne School for Girls. He is also principal conductor of Somerset County Youth Concert band and is frequently guest conductor and workshop coach for orchestras, wind bands, brass bands and chamber ensembles across the UK. Paul currently hosts the Young Musicians Matter podcast which recently rated highly in podcast charts as far afield as Japan.

 Paul also enjoys volunteering at Glastonbury Care Home where he provides musical entertainment for the residents.

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Paul continues to perform across a wide range of genres of music, something he has done all his career. He was a member of The London Festival Orchestra for six years with whom he played in the UK's major venues, tours, recordings and as a soloist in performances of the baroque triple and double concertos by the likes of Vivaldi and Teleman. He also freelanced in London playing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Southern Sinfonietta as well as an extensive array of freelance performances as an orchestral trumpet player.

Paul was for many years a member of The John Wilbraham Brass Soloists, a brass chamber ensemble hand picked by John Wilbraham himself,. 


Paul is a highly experienced trumpet player in the music theatre genre having played for over thirty years in theatres all over the England across an extensive repertoire of musicals and he has considerable knowledge of the trumpet parts for musical theatre productions.

Paul is also a member of the highly regarded function band DT8 whose members are leading professional players across the South West of the UK. DT8 performs a wide range of soul, R&B and funk classics.


Paul performs on Bb, C, Eb/D Trumpet as well as piccolo trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn and guitar. 

If you are interested in booking Paul please enquire using the contact form.

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It is difficult not to be impressed by your output of literature and the four samples you sent are of the highest quality. Really well written with your trademark knowledge , care for creative expression and the highest standards. They are excellently presented from the eye  catching covers to the notes and pictures inside. Never seen anything like this for unaccompanied trumpet! 

                                                        Dave Bertie, Trumpet Teacher


Want to learn more about Paul Denegri, his teaching availability, engaging him for masterclasses, playing, conducting, mentoring, adjudicating, hiring musicals, SWTA, songwriting and bespoke arrangements for your ensemble? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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