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King's At The
Cathedral Series "The St. John Passion" by J.S. Bach King's
Chapel Choir and Ensemble Regale directed by Paul Halley
Sunday, April 9, 2017 The Cathedral Church of All Saints Halifax
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'Appalachian Morning''Appalachian Morning' composed by Paul Halley (c) Back Alley Music
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
license this work for arrangement or performance, please review
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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
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.
Announcing A New Pelagos Recording of New
recording of Paul Halley's recent choral works is in process at
Meg and Paul have just finished listening to all the takes!
Editing, mixing, and mastering to come with the brilliant John
Adams of Stonehouse Sound. Paul's chosen singers were gorgeous.
Release date for this sumptuous feast of music later this summer
if our schedule allows.
Our list of titles recorded for this new release for
which sheet music will also be available:
Beati Omnes Qui Timent Dominum God's Grandeur I Cannot
In The Wide Awe and Wisdom of the Night
Magnificat (Tone II)
Move Eastward, Happy Earth
My Beloved Spake Nobile Claret Opus
Oculi Omnium Psalm 150: Laudate Dominum The Pulley
We Wait For Thy Loving Kindness
We Will Rejoice For Evermore
Recently, the King's Chapel Choir presented two concerts of
Halley's recent compositions for choir and organ (and selected
instruments) which works are now being compiled into a brand new
recording with Halley's own choir, Keramion Singers. Lifted from an extensive range of works
commissioned by North American choral organizations and special
occasion pieces in honor of family and friends, the texts of
these compositions range
from biblical excerpts to poetry by Tennyson, Herbert,
Hopkins, Dickinson, and Mechtild of Magdeburg (12th century).
In programming the concerts and the subsequent recording, a range of works was selected
that Halley felt would be most wide-ranging and interesting to both
audience and performers alike, and whose key compositional
element was the text selected by the commissioning organization
or gift recipient. Halley explains, "Every one of the pieces is
entirely a function of the specific text; it was the text that
formed the direction the music took. The sacred expression in
words of things that are often inexpressible caused me to
explore all kinds of new musical avenues. In many ways, it would
seem that these poems are sufficient unto themselves, but for
various reasons, they called forth music that I hope underscores
and enhances the words."
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'Wondrous Love' and 'Jesu, The Very
Thought Of Thee' are two of our newer
'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”.
More choral titles available as downloads.
titles are now being offered as convenient digital downloads,
right from our website and shopping cart, or as on-demand custom
print orders (on our beautiful new covers). If you're looking
for something and you don't see it available yet as a download
or print item, just give us a call or email us and we'll put it
at the top of our to-do list.
The Nautilus - a
Staircase at the Vatican Museum
Photo by Peter Frew