In addition to a successful career as a musician, Paul Cheater has enjoyed a wide-ranging and distinguished teaching career that has embraced all aspects of education, from primary to university level, in the United Kingdom and overseas. He has held many positions of responsibility, including that of head, in several schools since he was appointed to his first teaching post at Papplewick School in Ascot in 1973.
Paul was inspired by two teachers while at Kingswood School in Bath: the first was Roger Pope, MBE, who became the Warden of Trinity College of Music, and the second was Dr John Byrt, former organ scholar of St John’s College, Oxford, who left teaching to become a highly acclaimed composer. After Kingswood, Paul went on to train as a teacher with the Oxford University Education Department and concurrently to study the organ at University College, Oxford with the university organist, the late Dr John Webster. He also studied the piano with the Oxford-based pianist, Vernon Mann, and vocal studies with Dr Olga Wilson.
Paul was one of the founder members of the team from Monash University in Melbourne that set up the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, and he became a research fellow of Monash in 2008. His involvement with this project led to him giving a number of television and radio broadcasts and also being invited to speak about the project in many different forums. An interview that Paul gave to BBC Oxford may be found here: View article.
He was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the National College of Music and Arts in 2003 for services to music and he has been a member of the College Council since that time, becoming Principal of the college in 2015. He is very much involved in active music-making, being the organist and choirmaster of two churches in the West Country, making him a popular choice as a recitalist in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America.