Charles Paterson

Charles Paterson was born in Ipswich in 1954, and was singing, playing and writing music from an early age. From Ipswich School he went on to a Choral Exhibition at Christ's College, Cambridge, then taught at Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames, and at Leicester Grammar School. He was for twenty-five years conductor of the Leicester Grammar School Choir, Music Director of Humberstone Choral Society for ten years and of the Wyvern Singers for twelve. He has also had conducting engagements with the Trianon Singers in Ipswich, the Tudor Singers of London, and Leicester Bach Choir, and until 2016 had a long-standing connection with the Cecilian Singers both as singer, as repetiteur, and as occasional conductor in concerts. Since moving to the Isle of Wight in 2018 he has been appointed Music Director of two chamber choirs, Cantus Vesperi and the Orpheus Singers. Compositions and arrangements have mostly been for these and other choirs, but also include solo vocal, solo organ and chamber music. His Concertino for Descant Recorder and String Orchestra has received several performances not only in Leicestershire, but also in Suffolk and in Oxford, and has been recorded by John Turner and the Manchester Sinfonia. His most recent commissions have been a song cycle for tenor and harp (from tenor Simon Lumby), a Christmas cantata for chorus, children s choir and piano duet (from Stamford Choral), and a Christmas carol for eight-part choir (from the Richard III Society). His website is at


CCA Composer of the Month – APRIL 2015

Charles Paterson is the most recent composer to join the CCA. He has a broad experience working with choirs as a singer, choral director and composer and as a noted educationalist too. In the Composer...