Paul Honey is one of the most highly skilled and versatile composers in the TV, film and soundtrack business today.
Having started learning the piano at the age of five, at eight years old he became a chorister at Westminster Abbey where he sang daily for the next five years.
After studying Music History, Composition and Orchestration at Southampton University, Paul spent several years working as a performer, arranger, record producer and musical director. For a number of years he toured with the Asian vocalist Najma Akhtar, performing and broadcasting all over Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. Consequently he is able to apply his extensive expertise to a wide variety of projects: he is equally at home writing the lyrical, elegiac orchestral score for the BAFTA award-winning BBC series OLD JACK’S BOAT as he is creating the sparkling, jazz inflected soundtrack for the BBC comedy BLANDINGS.
Recent commissions have included the sombre and reflective score for the BAFTA-nominated TV film CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST (BBC 4). He has also recently composed the ethnically-tinged score for the the historian Bettany Hughes’ philosophy series GENIUS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD (BBC 4) and the epic soundtrack for the 6-part Natural History Unit series EARTH’S WILDEST WATERS: THE BIG FISH for BBC 2.
2016/17 projects have included the 3-part ITV documentary series, THE MIRACLE and Discovery Networks International’s 1st major Natural History commission DOGS: THE UNTOLD STORY.
2017 sees him also working on the second series of OLD JACK’S BOAT ROCKPOOL TALES for CBeebies, the one-off documentary ANDREW MARR: MY BRAIN AND ME for Icon Films/BBC2 and documentary maker Vicki Lesley’s indie feature THE ATOM: A LOVE AFFAIR.
Paul has worked with a number of well known orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, RTE Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, RPO, Philharmonie Reutlingen and The Locrian Ensemble (Wolf Hall).
Works for the concert platform include Five Elements: a setting of poems by the poet Gregory Warren Wilson for solo Violin and Choir, Lux Aeterna for Tenor and String Orchestra and Toss The Feathers: a collection of arrangements for Soloists and Orchestra of traditional Irish tunes, premiered at The Church of St Martin in The Fields in central London.