Paul Kimber was born in Northern Ireland and studied double bass with Barry Young, principal bass in the Ulster Orchestra. He left school early when it became apparent that he would gain the same number of A levels whether he sat the exams or not, and spent a very happy period freelancing with local ensembles, including pit bands, chamber music and jazz groups; and his operatic debut in the Don Giovanni stage band with the Ulster Orchestra.
Moving to London, Paul studied at the Guildhall School of Music, with Thomas Martin and Richard Lewis. Before the end of his course he left to take up a tutti position with the orchestra of English National Opera, and went on to hold co-principal positions at ENO, and subsequently with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Paul currently shares a section principal job at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
He has appeared as guest principal with many orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and Camerata Ireland.
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