Paul Fretwell is a composer of instrumental and electronic music. He began his compositional career at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, where he was awarded a full scholarship, and composed a range of pieces for small ensembles to full orchestra. He also took a strong interest in the performance of contemporary music and played many concerts of twentieth-century piano repertoire, including Stockhausen, Cage, and Takemitsu. He later attended the University of Birmingham, where he first encountered electroacoustic music, and composed a series of purely electronic works which were performed on the BEAST system (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) in concerts across the UK. He completed his Masters and Doctorate in composition at City University, London, with Denis Smalley, and has since received performances of his work in festivals and concerts worldwide. He has a wide range of teaching experience, and has worked at the Royal Academy of Music, City University, the University of Hertfordshire and Bath Spa University.
He is the Head of Music and Audio Arts at the University of Kent, and has been involved with the development of new undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes since the foundation of this subject area at Kent in 2005.
He is also an external examiner for two institutions: University of East London (BA Music Culture) and the University of Hertfordshire (MSc Music and Sound Technology, MPhil/PhD in Music Composition).