Paul McCartney

Biography

Paul McCartney

With six decades of music behind him his talents range from changing the face of music in the Beatles to now composing classical music.

  • McCartney was raised in Liverpool and studied at The Liverpool Institute. He wrote his first song at the age of 14.
  • He changed the world of music in the Sixties with The Beatles and in the following decades with Wings and as a solo artist.
  • He was commissioned by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society in 1990 to write Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio. This was to be his first major classical work.
  • On the 30th anniversary of the song Yesterday he premiered his second classical piece – A Leaf – for piano at St James’s Palace.
  • McCartney collaborated on choral music with John Tavener, John Rutter and other classical composers on A Garland for Linda in commemoration of the life of his wife Linda McCartney.
  • Ecce Cor Meum - a 57-minute work, won him the 2007 Classical Brit for Album of the Year.
  • In 2011 McCartney premiered his first ballet score called Ocean's Kingdom. A ballet in four movements, it tells the story of the relationship between a "sea princess" and a "land prince". The production is a collaboration with the New York City Ballet's Master-in-Chief, Peter Martins.

Did you know?
McCartney was appointed Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1995.

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