A composer with dementia replays his favourite theme

A composer with dementia replays his favourite theme


norman lebrecht

June 30, 2019

From the TV composer Nick Harvey:


Paul Harvey, 79, from Sheffield, is a former member of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony, also playing regularly in the BBC Symphony. He has composed a great deal of music for film and TV. He is ex-vicepresident of the UK clarinet and saxophone society.



  • Chris says:

    Norman, could you check Paul’s dates please – according to the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of GB he was born in 1935 which would make his age 84, not 79 as your article says. I was looking up to see when he was in the SNO, and came across his biog. on the CSSGB’s pages. Thanks

    • V. Lind says:

      Funny — the almost identical article and identical clip were on the Classic FM site with the same mistake about the age. By ALL accounts he was born in 1935.

      Some dictionaries simply don’t contain the word “check.” And some philosophies.

  • Heini says:

    I don’t think they’re the same person. Here’s Paul the clarinetist 4 years ago https://youtu.be/RE0tmiFMqnI

  • Stereo says:

    I was in the BSO for 37 years from 1972 and he was never a member of the orchestra during those years.

  • Nessie1 says:

    I don’t think that this is Paul the clarinettist/saxophonist as shown above and in the video posted by Heini as I have a number of books by him and, according to the biographical details, the 1935 birth date is correct and also they mention a daughter called Paulina but no son.