Paul Busby is the primary composer of the music performed by One World Orchestra.
Paul grew up in the beautiful county of Cornwall in the far South West of England. After attending The Eric Gilder School of Music in London, he got his first professional job touring Germany.
Subsequently played in pubs (jazz gigs), restaurants, dance-halls, concert-halls, night-clubs and elsewhere.
Paul “Did the ships" when he was young. This involved a round-the-world cruise, Mediterranean cruises, Atlantic-crossings, cruises up the west coast of North America from San Diego to Alaska, and a long stint cruising in the Caribbean.
In the Bahamas, he worked in a band in a casino in Freeport, where he also wrote the music for a film.
Returning to the UK, he worked in Bristol and Cardiff before settling in Ringmer in East Sussex.
Wishing to do something about the dreadful poverty he had witnessed in some countries in the West Indies Paul took time out to do a degree in geography at the University of Sussex in the early 1980s.
“The only thing I could find to do was to teach, yet within a few weeks I learned the hard way that one thing I could not do is to teach children.”
He took on some voluntary work and became very active in various pressure groups. He was chairman of Ringmer Peace Campaign, on the committee of Lewes World Disarmament Campaign and helped to set up Lewes CND. Because he had already helped organise a number of exchange visits between people in Sussex and Hungary, he was asked to be the chairman of Lewes Links with Eastern Europe - a post he held for 5 years. In the wake of collaboration with our Hungarian friends, an Accord was signed between the county of East Sussex and the county of Veszprém.
In 1985, Paul won an award for a jazz and poetry concert and the following year was commissioned to write a suite for a 7-piece band which was performed in Brighton and Dieppe. Regarding other cross-cultural events he organised two jazz and (spontaneous) painting performances with the artist, Tom Walker.
More recently he visited Eastern Europe many times “a fantastically beautiful part of the world with wonderful folk music.” He also visited Saudi Arabia. “I am a firm believer in multiculturalism and believe that immigrants to Britain have contributed a lot to the country and made it a much more interesting place to live. However, there is a strong xenophobic streak in many British people which dismays me.”
Over the course of years, Paul wrote a lot of arrangements for different-sized bands and in many different idioms, but in recent years I have concentrated on original compositions which gives me more freedom.
For many years, he was a member of Bill's Bones - a 6-trombone plus rhythm section band run by Bill Guy - a great band.
In 2005 Paul led The Sussex Jazz Orchestra and left it in November 2007 after nearly two years at the helm.
After some time passed he formed The Paul Busby Big Band - the precursor to The One World Orchestra.