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Instrumental ensemble work created by Paul Halley for
the recording 'Earth: Voices of A Planet'. Licensed for
arrangement to The Boston Pops Orchestra, directed by
John Williams, recorded on 'The Green Album'.
thrilling work was brought to the attention of competitive
international marching bands through an arrangement created for
The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, recorded in a 1992 video for
Drum Corps International (DCI). Watch video
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New Works •
Mass of St. Michael the Archangel
Kyrie, Gloria, Acclamations, Sanctus & Benedictus, Agnus Dei
2013 - 12 mins (total)
Commissioned by His
Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of
Toronto, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of
St. Michael's Choir School, Toronto, Dr. Jerzy Cichocki, Artistic
Unison, SATB choir, congregation, and
Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven 2014 - 3 mins
Dedicated to Dr. Jerzy Cichocki, Artistic Director of St. Michael’s
Choir School, Toronto, in recognition of having completed twenty-five
years of teaching with the Toronto Catholic District School Board.
arr. Paul Halley
SATB choir and organ.
Premiere May 22, 2014.
Let Not Your
Heart Be Troubled 2014 - 5 mins
Commissioned by The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York
City, in honor of Mollie Nichols for twenty-five years of service as
Director of Music & Organist.
SATB choir and organ.
Premiere June 1, 2014.
Ere Zij God!
Arrangement of Traditional Dutch Carol 2014 - 3-1/2 mins
Commissioned by Jake and Jocelyn Knoppers in honor of the 35th
Annual CBC Radio Christmas Sing-In, held at the Church of St. Andrew and
St. Paul, Montreal. arr. Paul Halley for
SATB choir, congregation, organ, brass, percussion.
Premiere December 7, 2014
For SATB choir, organ, and flute. Text from Ephesians 3: 20-21 Commissioned by St.
John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg, NS, Barbara Butler, Director
of Music, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the
restoration and reopening of the church after a devastating
Ode To Newfoundland
2015 - 3 mins
Commissioned by St. Michael's Choir
School, Toronto, Dr. Jerzy Cichocki, Artistic Director, for the
choir's Spring Tour of Newfoundland, May 2015. arr. Paul Halley
forSATB choir, congregation, and organ.
Premiere May 22, 2014.
Introit for SATB unaccompanied
Setting of the beloved text, 'For The Fallen' by Laurence Binyon (1869 - 1943),
for All Saints Cathedral, Halifax, Remembrance Sunday 2015.
(Sheet Music PEL5032) Liturgical
Series 5000 listed A-Z by title.
In the Wide Awe and Wisdom of the Night
2016 - 5 min
For SATB choir and organ.
Setting of the text "In the Wide Awe and
Wisdom of the Night" by Charles G.D. ROberts (1860-1943).
Commissioned by Cardinal Carter Academy For The Arts, Toronto,
ON to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the school. Eric Hauser,
Director of Music.
God In Three Persons A Fantasia
2017 - 5 min
A Fantasia on 'Nicea' for solo organ.
Commissioned for Bette Mattox by Southside Baptist Church,
Jacksonville, FL in honor of her 50 years as organist for the
church. The Bright Daystar Is Comen of His
2017 - 5 min
For SSA choir, piano, and organ.
Setting of the Advent Prose and a
traditonal Scottish melody with text by William Dunbar, for
Christmas. Commissioned for The New York City Children's Chorus,
5th anniversary of the choir. Mary Huff, Director.
She Moved Through The Fair
2018 - 5 min
For SATB, piano, and cello.
Setting of the traditional Irish and Nova
Scotian folksongs, 'She Moved Through The Fair' and 'The False
Knight Upon The Road'. Commissioned by Durham Philharmonic
Choir, Whitby, ON, for the 25th anniversary of the choir. Robert
M. Phillips, Director.
We're so proud to report...
Five finalists have been announced for the 2018
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award and we
are delighted that "In The Wide Awe And Wisdom - Choral Works by
Paul Halley" is among the final works selected.
From the NS Masterworks website
- " Five works have been selected as the Finalists for the 2018
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award.Halifax,
With regard to 'In The Wide Awe And Wisdom
- Choral Works by Paul Halley' the jury noted, "The nominated
work is a recording released in 2017 of works composed and
produced by Paul Halley with young Haligonian choristers trained
by him and accompanied by him on the organ in the Cathedral
Church of All Saints, Halifax. The music is grounded in
Western traditions of polyphony and counterpoint, enriched with
Halley’s knowledge of jazz and the music of West Africa.
The title track sets the poem by Charles G.D. Roberts, a
professor at King’s College in the late 19thcentury.
In this and many of the other works on the recording, themes of
planetary movement, the presence of the sacred, and love in all
its forms recur and interweave." .
'Pelagos' is an
ancient Greek word meaning
“the deep or open sea”, which conveys our
of adventure through the arts. We are very pleased
to feature the
work of composer, keyboardist and choral conductor, Paul Halley.
"A perfect storm of
energy and creativity
in the person of Paul Halley."
- Chronicle Herald
mellifluous tone and subtle harmonic
shifts sent many in the audience
home in a state
of musical rapture." (Concert review)
a Grammy Award-winning composer, choral conductor, and organist.
He is Director of Music of The University of King’s College
Chapel Choir andof The
Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Born in Romford, England in 1952,
Halley was raised in Ottawa, Canada where he received his early
musical training as a chorister and assistant organist with The
Men and Boys Choir of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church.At age sixteen, he was made an Associate of the Royal
Conservatory of Toronto.Awarded the organ scholarship at Trinity College,
Cambridge, Halley received his M.A. with prizes in composition
and performance, and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of
Organists, winning first prize in the College examinations.Following four years post-graduate work as a church
musician and teacher in Montreal, QC, Jamaica, W.I., and
Victoria, BC, Halley was appointed Organist and Choirmaster at
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City where he
served for twelve years from 1977-1989.
During his tenure at
St. John The Divine,
Halley collaborated with The Paul Winter Consort, contributing
as principal writer and keyboardist on multiple Grammy
Award-winning albums released in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Following his departure from the Cathedral in 1989, Halley
settled in rural Connecticut and founded the children’s choir,
Chorus Angelicus, and the adult ensemble, Gaudeamus.In 1999, Halley became Director of Music at Trinity
Episcopal Church, Torrington, CT where he inaugurated a Choral
and Organ Scholars program in conjunction with Yale University’s
Institute of Sacred Music.In 2007, Halley relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia to
become Director of Music at both the University of King’s
College and St. George’s Anglican Church (to 2011), as well as
University Musician at Atlantic School of Theology (to 2015).In 2015 Halley
became Director of
Music at The Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, a position which he holds in conjunction with
his work at King’s, providing many opportunities for
collaboration between the two institutions.
Halley’s choral and instrumental compositions 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
addition to a regular output of liturgical music, Halley
composes three to four new, commissioned works per year.
Paul Halley and his wife, Meg Race, an artist, live on the South
Shore of Nova Scotia where they enjoy exploring the waters of
Mahone Bay in a traditional Cape Cod catboat which rejoices in
the name, “Magnificat”.
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