Paul was born in Manchester. He was awarded the Hiles Gold Medal for orchestral playing. At 19 he was appointed Sub Principal of the Ulster Orchestra and later joined the Scottish National Orchestra as Principal. After playing with the London Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed Principal Double Bass with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the position he retired from a couple of years ago. During his professional career Paul enjoyed playing chamber music including playing with St Martin in the Fields. Paul and his wife have now retired to Scotland and are enjoying their new life just outside of Oban.