According to Simon Talbot of Halo:

It is with great excitement and pleasure that we can announce the arrival of vastly experienced keyboardist Paul Wiffen.

Paul had his first classical piano lesson aged 4 and studied all the way up to Grade VIII but at the age of 12 he heard Bridge Over Troubled Water, Rocket Man and Life on Mars all in the same week in his cousin’s record collection and his life changed forever.

At Oxford University he played keyboards, 12string guitar and flute in a folk-rock band which supported Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention regularly. From here Paul’s extensive experience saw him play keys on Paul McCartney’s Spies Like Us, and it was McCartney who recommended him as a synthesist to Stevie Wonder. From extensive touring Paul returned to the UK to join Jean-Michel Jarre’s team for the Docklands concerts and the Paris La Defense concert the following year which is still in the Guiness Book of Records as the biggest audience of all time for a concert. From here he was to be found Returning to work with Vangelis on 1492 Conquest Of Paradise, he then branched out as a film composer himself but it was a synthesist for Mark Isham (Waterworld, The Hitcher) and Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Days Of THunder) that he made the biggest impact on Hollywood.

Drawn back to the UK he became Korg’s synth and computer demonstrator and through this met his hero, Peter Gabriel, who used him as a sound designer on Ovo and Up, Peter’s last Electronic records before he went orchestral.

In 2004, Paul found he was missing live music so became a piano player for the Cathy Stocker band for a couple of years and then joined Fire In The South, a prog-rock band who combine Floyd tribute material with their own songs in a similar vein.

Present day, Paul now lectures on Film & TV at Greenwich University based in the historic Royal Naval College on the Meridian. Paul was introduced to Halo by band friend Marc Catchpole, Marc telling him about the bands wish to expand their sound further into Prog territory. The rest we hope is history!

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