Paul Newbold

Paul Newbold stepped in to Jon Regan's shoes in the spring of 2013.

Paul studied music at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music, where he first took conducting lessons with Denise Ham. He has much experience as an orchestral player and has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and St. John's Smith Square. He has worked with some eminent musicians including Yehudi Menuhin, Vernon Handley and Dame Janet Baker.


Following university Paul had a successful business career with Unilever and Capgemini, whilst remaining in demand as a freelance violist, performing regularly with many orchestras and ensembles, particularly in Surrey and London. He returned to full-time music in 2006, teaching at the Ashcombe School in Dorking. In 2012 he completed a Masters degree, with distinction, in composition and conducting at the University of Surrey, studying conducting with Russell Keable. Following this he worked as Director of Music at Burgess Hill Girls School.


As a composer and arranger Paul has worked with renowned Indian film composer, Illaiyaraaja and has arranged productions for the international touring, charitable music group, Toccata.


 Jonathan Regan

Jonathan Regan conducted the Dorking Philharmonia from its formation in 1999 until 2013, when he stepped down to spend more time with his family.

Whilst studying music at Exeter he led the University Symphony Orchestra and then became assistant conductor to the University Sinfonietta, taking the orchestra on tour to France and Belgium. He went on to study postgraduate conducting with Peter Stark at Trinity College of Music, which included a mentor programme with Sir Colin Davis. He has subsequently participated in masterclasses with the inspirational George Hurst at the Canford Summer School of Music and at the Royal Academy of Music and studied privately with Gerry Cornelius.
In 2002, Jon bought a viola and joined forces with violinist Adrian Garratt and cellist Sian Kadifachi to form the comedy string trio “Pluck".  The group created three theatre shows and has won awards at festivals all over the world including in Edinburgh, Adelaide and Dubai.
Since early 2011 he has returned to his pre-tour teaching career, and is currently working at Trinity School and with Croydon Music and Arts as well as doing freelance work in London as a musician and teacher.