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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Paul Barrett  Paul Barrett is a retired businessman from Sheffield, now settled in Sandbanks, who has dreamed about playing in his idol’s orchestra all his life. He was trained by Charles Botterill, Mantovani’s longstanding percussionist, in the special one-man technique, and owns most of Botterill’s original instruments.

Paul has spent over 30 years as a regular percussionist playing at the Sheffield theatre, the Sheffield City Hall and many other theatres in the Yorkshire region, before forming the Independent Mantovani Orchestra UK (now, Magic of Mantovani Orchestra) in 2008 for a tribute concert at the Lighthouse in Poole.

Told that his concert would not be successful, Paul persevered and amid critical acclaim from fans and the media alike, the Independent Mantovani Orchestra UK is now performing their tenth annual concert.

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