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School news | Posted 09.02.2018

The Inspirational Dr Paul Whittaker OBE at QM

Dr Paul Whittaker, musician and founder of ‘Music and the Deaf’, joined us this week. After a thought-provoking speech in Chapel he led a number of sessions throughout the day. The QM Music and Choral scholars enjoyed a body percussion session and LVI girls were put through their paces with a sign singing workshop.


Born in Huddersfield, Paul has been profoundly deaf all his life yet pursued a career as a musician. Initially a pianist and organist, he has a Music degree from Wadham College, Oxford, a postgraduate performance diploma from the RNCM and holds ALCM and ARCO diplomas.

In 1988 he founded ‘Music and the Deaf’, a charity to help deaf people enjoy music, which he ran for 27 years. He’s an inspirational man who has helped thousands of deaf people enjoy music. His pioneering work brought him an OBE and an honorary doctorate, and he’s been around the world and back. Since May 2015 he has been working independently, continuing to share his passion for music and for encouraging people to achieve their potential.