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An image for summer
and a concert from Capella Regalis:

Concert poster with painting of boat on ocean

The image chosen for the CR concert poster is a painting by Meg Race.

Paul Halley with Capella Regalis
Paul Halley will join Capella Men and Boys and Girls Choirs, directed by Nick Halley (Paul's son) and Vanessa Halley (Paul's daughter) in Capella Regalis' season finale concert, 'Sea Songs and Sacred Anthems' on Sunday, May 26th at 4:00 pm at The Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax. Link to https://capellaregalis.com/events/season-finale-concert-0 for more information.

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We have become aware that provincial and state choral federations are loaning out our copyrighted music scores to their members or the public at large without authorization from us. These lending practices, sometimes even charging a fee per copy, are an infringement of copyright. No choral music libraries, except for those school districts and universities to whom we have given explicit permission, are allowed to lend our scores, charge rental fees for our scores, solicit our scores for future lending, or otherwise distribute our scores without our permission. The legal purchase of sheet music is central to enabling composers and publishers to make aliving and continue to bring new music to market. Do not program our music if you cannot afford to buy it, either a custom order of physcial scores, or Licensed Choral Download. If you like Paul Halley's music, help us keep it coming and available by refraining from unethical and illegal practicies.

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  Paul Halley
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A presentation of Pelagosmusic.
Organ voluntaries from Cathedral Evensongs this fall.

Played by Paul Halley, Director of Music, The Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax

Issue No. 7:
Voluntary: Piece Heroique by C. Franck. Recorded live November 22, 2020.

Issue No. 6:
Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in C Major ('Weimar) by J.S. Bach.
Recorded live November 15, 2020

Issue No. 5:
Voluntary: 'Nimrod' (Enigma Variations) by E. Elgar.
Recorded live November 8, 2020

Issue No. 4:
Voluntary: Cortege et Litanie by M. Dupre.
Recorded live November 1, 2020

Issue No. 3:
Voluntary: "Master Tallis' Testament" by H. Howells.
Recorded live October 25, 2020

Issue No. 2:
Voluntary: "Te Deum: Hymne d'action de grace" by J. Langlais.
Recorded live October 18, 2020

Issue No. 1:
Voluntary: "Fugue in C Minor" by J.S. Bach. Recorded live October 4, 2020

Full Evensong services can be found on the Cathedral Choir's youtube channel:
Cathedral Choir Halifax


with Paul Halley
A selection of Halley repertoire for time at home.

Vol. 3: "Spring Light"
Posted May 1, 2020

"The Easter Edition: Music for Choir."
Posted April 11, 2020 for Easter

Vol. 2: "Duets & trios for time together."
Posted April 16, 2020

Vol. 1: "Piano songs for a time of reflection." Posted April 6, 2020


Special single issue videos:

'Appalachian Morning' by Paul Halley
Performed by The Consort
Posted May 22, 2020

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New Ensemble Publications:
Cello and Keyboard Works from Eugene Friesen and Paul Halley - Cathedral Forest, First Ride, and Remembeing You. Link to our new Duets and Ensemble Page - link here.

New Choral Works:
"THE CHERRY TREE CAROL" arr. Paul Halley
for solo voice, banjo or guitar, SATB choir, organ, and percussion. (PEL2074)

This traditional English & American (Appalachian) folk song is delightful in the simplicity of its tune and text. For the 2019 performance of "A King's Christmas", Paul Halley created an arrangement for guest singer/narrator "Old Man" (Chris) Ludecke to offer his signature laid-back vocal style, his inimitable banjo playing set against a lovely soundscape of SATB choir and organ. Percussion of shaker and bodhran highlight the folk origins of this beloved song for Christmas.

SSAA version of "To My Old Brown Earth".

Paul Halley's arrangement, "She Moved Through The Fair", for SATB choir, piano and optional cello. Two beautiful Celtic folk songs woven together in quitessential Halley style. 'She Moved Through The Fair'

New Piano Works: We present a new crop of piano offerings, The Name Series, short piano works based on names, and arranged in a myriad of styles, created by Paul Halley as gifts for his children, Christmas 2001. Click here to explore or go to our keyboard page.

New Piano Work: Paul Halley's classic "Appalachian Morning" now available for solo piano with optional organ, or ensemble comprising piano, sax, keyboard, and bass. Click on the video link below to see our short video of this work on our youtube channel.

PelagosPlayLogo"Appalachian Morning" by Paul Halley  

Paul is busily engraving keyboard music and ensemble music that will suit one, two or three players, however big your current performance 'bubble'.

What's new on our keyboard page?

for solo piano
The Name Series - Vanessa, Samantha, Nicholas, Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Jonathan
Angel On A Stone Wall - from Angel on a Stone Wall CD
Appalachian Morning - from Earth: Voices of a Planet CD
Heaven Within - from Sun Singer CD
Hymn To The Sun - from Sun Singer CD

Maris Stella - from Triptych CD
Rolling On - from Angel on a Stone Wall CD
The Prince and The Pauper - from Angel on a Stone Wall CD

for organ solo
God In Three Persons - a recent commission

for keyboard trio
Requiem For Dmitri - from Triptych
Sands Of Time - from Triptych

for keyboard and solo instrument or ensemble
Adoro Te Devote - flute and organ
Appalachian Morning - piano, saxophone, keyboard, bass

Heaven Within - piano, saxophone, optional organ
Hymn To The Sun - piano, saxophone, optional organ

about paul halley
Paul Halley is a Grammy Award-winning composer, choral conductor, and organist. He is Director of Music of The University of King’s College Chapel and of The Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Read more...

about pelagosmusic

Paul Halley’s compositions and recordings are distributed internationally by Pelagos Incorporated, the recording, music publishing, and arts management company which he established with his wife, Meg Race in 1998.  Halley’s compositions have been commissioned or licensed by such organizations as Sony Entertainment, John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra, CBC, The Toronto Symphony, and Canadian Brass.  In addition to a regular output of liturgical music, Halley composes three to four new, commissioned works per year.

'In The Wide Awe And Wisdom'
a recording of Choral Works by Paul Halley
Find out more about this award-winning recording and repertoire.

Finalist for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, Halifax, Nova Scotia and nominee for Best Classical Recording ECMA 2019, this Pelagosmusic release comprises choral works composed by Paul Halley during the last decade.  The music is grounded in Western traditions of polyphony and counterpoint, enriched with Halley’s knowledge of jazz and the music of West Africa. A beautiful double-CD set of Paul Halley choral works.
Sheet music is available for all compositions on this recording.

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