Paul Lovatt-Cooper

Born in Alderney in the Channel Islands, Paul started playing Percussion with his school band and Wigan Youth Band after a move to the area. He went on to study for a BA (Hons) in Band Musicianship at The University of Salford where he studied conducting and composing under the renowned David King and Peter Graham. During his time at Salford, Paul was also awarded the coveted Roy Newsome Conducting Prize.

After finishing University, Paul’s playing career took off, playing as part of the Williams Fairey Band and Black Dyke Band for 8 and 12 years respectively. During Paul’s time with the bands they had victories in all major brass band competitions, including the British Open, National Championships and European Championships. Paul still has strong connections with The Black Dyke Band, with whom he is the Composer in Association, a role he has held for over 10 years.

Over the years, Paul has built up a reputation as one of the most sought-after composers in the brass band movement, and also works as the Director of Music for the television company, Factory Transmedia where he composed the musical soundtrack for productions including Postman Pat and Disney's 'Club Penguin' series. As well as this, Paul has his own publishing company, PLC Music based in Perth, Scotland with which he publishes and distributes his music for Brass and Wind bands, as well as smaller brass ensembles.

Paul joined the band as musical director in May 2017.