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Paul Burnell


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    Frayed End
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    Leaving The Party On Pluto
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    Goodnight Chucky-Egg Banana Girl
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    There's a Tree Filled with Wings
Paul Burnell (born 1960, Ystrad, South Wales) is a composer and musician based in London, UK. Many of his compositions can be found on his albums: ‘Leaving the Party on Pluto’, ‘Good to Go’, ‘Sticking with Childish Things’, ‘Face Each Aged Ache’, ‘Cabbage Heads’, and ‘Acute Suites’.
In 2016 an album of pieces with pianist James Bacon was released and the composition ‘Four Minutes – Four Daydreams’ was included on the London Sinfonietta album ‘Open Score’. Early 2018 saw the release of the second volume of ‘Accompanied Readings’ – a series of accompaniments to texts composed between 1886 and 1899.
Having studied music at Dartington College of Arts, Exeter University and Royal Holloway College, he took a ten-year break from music, returning to concentrate on composition in the 1990s. He has received commissions from festivals, Summer Schools, ensembles and professional musicians in the UK and abroad, including: the finale of the Bath International Music Festival; Inchcholm New Music Ensemble; CoMA, a series of percussion pieces for Chris Brannick; trios for the Stanesby Players and for the The Duruflé Trio; a trumpet quartet for Bella Tromba; and many other pieces for a variety of instruments, including choir, string orchestra, piano (and toy piano), and recorder ensembles. Burnell enjoys writing pieces and experimenting with unusual combinations and instruments and often makes use of electronics and backing tracks.
Many of his pieces feature spoken word elements.


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