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ABOUT
PURPLE VOCALS
info@purplevocals.com

Purple Vocals was founded in 2014 by Grammy Award-winning singer, Paul Phoenix. 'After 17 years and nearly 2000 concerts performing, mentoring and coaching as tenor in one of the world’s most sought-after vocal ensembles, The King's Singers, I identified the need for a range of services to help musicians of all abilities around the world,' explains Paul. Purple Vocals provides a range of services, from vocal and ensemble coaching - online or in person with Paul - to corporate engagement workshops, giving musicians and non-musicians of all abilities the opportunity to learn about the ‘art’ of performance, audience/public connection and communication. Purple Vocals also advises on career development and the challenges facing singers and choirs. You may choose our mentoring, lecturing or coaching services, arrange a Master Class for your choir or ensemble, book Paul to sing as a guest soloist, presenter as well as educator, and draw upon his extensive international experience and profile. Paul Phoenix has extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of vocal styles and numerous languages. As an experienced vocal coach he has a particular interest in young and developing voices, in presentation, interview and audition technique. His skills as a mentor and in community engagement are exceptional. Paul is fluent in French. For more information, please contact us:

TESTIMONIALS
“It was just a fantastic experience to work with you in Boswil, and my whole choir is still enthusiastic about the three days spent together. Therefore it is a great joy to hear, that you are willing to work again with Marco’s and my choir next year……I really look forward to working again with you and to learn from your enormous singing and stage experience.” Claudio Danuser, Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund, Direction Kultur und Soziales, Zurich, Switzerland. “Oh, my, what a wonderful way to start my day! You do have an exceptional skill in working with choirs and with people. All of the students were pretty enraptured with you, your energy, and professionalism. We are a small community in the Piney Woods of East Texas and what you and your fellow musicians brought to our area last evening was truly a memorable experience. I think this was evident by the throng that bombarded you after the concert! ….Without doubt you are bowing out on top and your hard work and reputation will follow you into and through your new career path. I hope we will again have time…more time…to share music together.“ Tim King, DMA, Director of Choral Activities, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA Paul is a brilliant musician and communicator who endeavors to enabling institutions and organizations to build upon each other's individual strengths. His focus on taking responsibility to support one another and for professionals give back to the community will impact the future in a very positive way. I have found Paul to be extremely approachable and personable to work with in any situation. An absolute joy through our collaborative work. Jami Lupold, Music Specialist, Texas, USA
SERVICES
 • Individual vocal coaching in all styles and for all voice types. • Ensemble workshops and master classes ranging from 2.5 hours to 5 days – residential and non-residential. • Mentoring and career development advice and counselling for musicians of all abilities, including coaching for audition and competition preparation. • Ensemble building. • Corporate engagement days, covering a variety of subjects: Group singing and confidence-building seminars, public speaking and engagement coaching. • A series of lectures and tutorials entitled: ‘The Life of a King’s Singer, Engaging Audiences around the World.’ • Seminars on audition and interview technique, public engagement and entrepreneurial skills needed for the versatile 21st Century musician. • Paul Phoenix – Perform and Engage. A chance to feature Paul as guest soloist. • Consultation and advice for music department/faculty, including ‘Artist in Residence’ opportunities.
BIOGRAPHY - PAUL PHOENIX
Paul Phoenix, tenor and founder of PurpleVocals. Paul's long career in the music business began in the 1970's, when he became a Chorister in St. Paul's Cathedral Choir in the City of London. He sang in the Queen's Silver Jubilee service in 1977 and recorded the Ivor Novello award-winning theme 'Nunc Dimittis' by Geoffrey Burgon, in the BBC adaptation of John Le Carre's 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' in 1979, for which he was later awarded a gold disc. His musical education continued at the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester, England, between 1986 and 1991 where he studied voice and academic studies, spending his spare time singing in various styles and guises - as a member of Manchester Cathedral Choir, fronting a Big Band as well as recording with a Dutch group called 'Janus' (with whom, in the last few months he has completed a new album!). 'In a way, it prepared me for the musical versatility of the King's Singers', says Paul, who stresses that his freelance career was well underway by the time he graduated. There followed a six year period during which he continued to diversify, singing as a soloist in oratorio, taking part in pop and classical sessions, coaching the choristers of Westminster Under School and performing with the Monteverdi Choir. In 1997, Paul successfully auditioned for the King's Singers, and joined in September of that year. Averaging more than 120 concerts annually, He has sung in many of the world's greatest concert halls, from Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall in New York, and travelled as far as Chile and New Zealand, Russia, China and South Africa, with too many places to mention in between! As well as a packed concert schedule, King's Singers recordings continue to be released to critical acclaim, and Paul was co-producer on the 2009 Grammy-winning album, 'Simple Gifts', as well as performing on the 2011 Grammy-winning recording, Light and Gold', featuring works by the American composer, Eric Whitacre. In 2013, the King's Singers were also voted into the 'Gramophone Hall of Fame'. 2014 marked his 'retirement' from the King's Singers and the launch of: 'Purple Vocals: Perform and Engage', Paul's coaching and engagement consultancy. 'It's important to me to pass on the many skills I have learned in 17 years as a King's Singer', explains Paul. 'My singing career will continue as a guest soloist, but I also want to concentrate on educating, mentoring, lecturing, speaking and coaching. I feel uniquely placed to offer new perspectives and advice on the career development of young musicians, as well as coaching choirs, ensembles and their conductors and speaking about the art of 'audience engagement'.' His work as 'PurpleVocals' takes him around the world, with visits to Colombia (playing the role of 'Aristeo' in a brand new production of 'Orfeo', with the renowned ensemble 'L'Arpeggiata) China, (coaching and speaking in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Shenyang) across Europe, the USA (coaching and performing the role of 'Evangelist' in Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' under the the direction of Craig Jessop, with the American Festival Chorus, and as guest coach with the Philadelphia Boys Choir.) Late 2016 and 2017 see him coaching and performing in Germany (as guest soloist with the WDR Orchestra in the Köln Philharmonie), Finland, Italy, Iceland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, China and the USA. Paul lives in Cambridge, England with his wife, Helena and two sons, William and Edward. When not singing he tries to avert another mid-life crisis by riding ridiculous distances on his mountain bike in aid of a friend's charity!
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