Paul Foster studied music at the University of London (Master of Music) and vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has a PhD in Musical Composition from the University of Manchester, where he studied with Philip Grange.
After working for seventeen years in London, he returned to his native South-West, where he is sought after as a conductor of opera, orchestra and theatre repertoire. As well as being well known as a composer, conductor and pianist, he is an award-winning actor and published poet.
Performances of Paul's compositions have included the South Bank and abroad. Many of his works have been inspired by Cornwall or Dartmoor. Amongst these are Inverted Cathedrals - a tone poem for large symphonic wind orchestra based on the ruined cliff-edge tin mines of Cornwall, Vixana for solo recorders - written for virtuoso Piers Adams, Lyonesse dances - a dance work for string septet and harp, The Tamarside Suite premiered by the Band of the Royal Marines, and Serpentine: red for solo harp. Other pieces include a number of large works for wind orchestra, a Chamber Concerto for Percussion, two string quartets and various works for solo voices or choir.
In 2010, the Scherzo for Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet and Piano won the first 'Reedplay' international composition competition and was duly premièred on the South Bank in London.