Paul Charrier grew up in London, starting his singing career early by joining his local church choir at the age of six. After music and singing studies at London University and the Royal College of Music, he embarked on a varied career which has included recording Mozart for a "techno" disc, being cast as a computer nerd and a dog in Spem, an opera by Joe St Johanser, and performing backing vocals for a ride at Alton Towers. He recently sang on the soundtrack of the final Harry Potter film.
In between these oddities he has found time for more mainstream activities. Solo appearances include Monteverdi 1610 Vespers at the Edinburgh Festival and Bach B Minor Mass at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Recently he has sung Bach Magnificat and Handel Dixit Dominus in Norwich Cathedral, Handel Messiah, Purcell Come Ye Sons of Art, Bach St John Passion, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Mozart Mass in C minor.
He has recorded the bass solos in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Marin Alsop, and Priest in St Mark's in Britten's Death in Venice with the City of London Sinfonia and the BBC Singers under the late Richard Hickox. Operatic roles include Guglielmo Cosí Fan Tutte, Frank Die Fledermaus, Morales Carmen and Tesorier Un Giorno di Regno.
Paul has sung with several well-known ensembles including the Monteverdi Choir, the Glasgow-based Cappella Nova, with whom he made the world première recording of James Macmillan's eight-voice Tenebrae Responsories, and Synergy Vocals, performing Kurt Weill's Die Sieben Totsűnden (Seven Deadly Sins) in London, Madrid, Belfast and Dublin, and the world premieres of Karin Rehnquist's Embrace Me at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and La Commedia by Louis Andriessen for Netherlands Opera, with further performances in Los Angeles and New York. Future plans include Cappella Nova's 30th anniversary concerts, and Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts with the Monteverdi Choir in Paris.
Until 2009 Paul was a Lay Clerk at Guildford Cathedral has also been on the staff of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and Westminster Abbey, where he sang at the funeral of the Princess of Wales in 1997. Paul Charrier studies with Paul Farrington.