Paul Hoskins studied French, German and Music at Cambridge University, and conducting at the Royal College of Music. He is now Director of Music at the Purcell School.
Until September 2018, he was Music Director of Rambert, a dance company that under his influence played an important role in the music world. In 2009 he devised the innovative and hugely successful Rambert Music Fellowship, to encourage young composers to write for dance. Recent Rambert projects have included Life is a Dream, set to symphonic works by Lutoslawski, at the 2018 Bergen International Festival; and a choreographed production of Haydn’s Creation at Sadler’s Wells with the BBC Singers that can still be viewed online. Paul has been responsible for dozens of commissions and world premieres, to regular acclaim in the national press.
As a guest conductor, Paul has worked with many major ballet companies and symphony orchestras in Europe and America. He has conducted Don Giovanni with Roderick Williams, The Magic Flute, the world premiere of Stephen McNeff’s Clockwork at the Royal Opera House, and works by Soler and Paisiello for Bampton Classical Opera and Buxton Festival. He has also assisted at Glyndebourne and English National Opera.
As a teacher Paul has helped a number of young conductors, players and composers. He works as a mentor for young musicians with the charity Future Talent, as an adjudicator at youth music festivals, and he regularly speaks and writes about music and dance. He has worked with several youth orchestras and choirs, and last year he conducted a concert at the Barbican in 2017 that brought young composers, dancers and choreographers together to work with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra.