Paul Astell, FRMS Editor

Paul was born in London but moved to Shropshire in 1977 and very soon joined Oswestry RMS. He has been a committee member ever since. For 40 years he worked for the company we now know as BT, taking early retirement in 2007. Initially trained in Telecommunications, Paul eventually moved into Information and Communications Technology and computing.

Paul's musical passions were aroused at an early age when he had access to the family's record collections. His musical tastes are fairly wide-ranging - at the serious end, Mahler, Beethoven, Elgar, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Rachmaninov are but a few favourites among many. He also enjoys English music in general, Malcolm Arnold and the 'Light Music' composers in particular. Paul has a special interest in film music, past and present, and the Musical Theatre. He also retains a certain nostalgic enthusiasm for the popular music of his youth, The Beatles and others have seemingly left an indelible impression! Music from the Big Band 'swing' era has been a recent discovery, examples of which regularly appear on his iPod (for listening in the gym). Rap, and present-day wailing female pop 'singers', are avoided like the plague.

Paul had piano lessons as a child but regrettably lost interest in his early teens. He took them up again in his forties although this has proved to be 'extremely hard work'. Out of this he has developed an interest in digital music reproduction techniques, using synthesisers and computer software programmes.

Paul indulges in occasional bird-watching, is a fairly competent DIY-er and enjoys travel, which often involves dragging his caravan to the far flung corners of Europe. He is also involved as a technician for the local Talking Newspaper for the Blind.

Paul has been married for 36 years and has two daughters and one grandaughter. He was pleased to be invited to serve the FRMS as Bulletin editor in 2011.

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