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Recent Concerts
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 (ASCAP)
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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'.

This 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).
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To license this work for arrangement or performance, please review the information on our page about Licensing



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 Director. Unison, SATB choir, congregation, and organ. Premiered December 2013.


"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 for
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 for SATB choir, congregation, and organ. Premiere May 22, 2014.


For The Fallen
2015 - 1 min

I
ntroit 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)
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Announcing A
New Recording of
New Choral Works


A new recording of Paul Halley's recent choral works is in process.
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.



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Our list of titles recorded
for this new release for which
sheet music will also be available:

A Brighter Garden
Beati Omnes Qui Timent Dominum
God's Grandeur
I Cannot Dance

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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'Pelagos' is an ancient Greek word meaning “the deep or open sea”, which conveys our sense 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

"Halley’s mellifluous tone and subtle harmonic shifts sent many in the audience home in a state of musical rapture." (Concert review)


About Paul Halley •

Winner of multiple Grammy Awards for his collaborations with saxophonist Paul Winter in the 1980's and 1990's, Paul Halley is now best known for his long career as a composer and choral conductor. Halley's choral, keyboard, and ensemble works, for both church and concert setting, have earned him a place among the most gifted of today's classical composers.  A passionate and deeply-talented choral conductor, Halley is currently inspiring the young minds of an acclaimed group of Choral Scholars at the University of King's College Halifax. The semi-professional Chapel Choir, which delivers services of Evensong and Holy Eucharist on a weekly basis as well as a concert series entitled “King’s at the Cathedral”, is gaining a reputation during Halley’s tenure, as one of the top choral ensembles in Canada. The choir's concerts are frequently recorded and broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and are available for live streaming on "Concerts-on-Demand".


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University of King's College Chapel •
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Choral Titles
More choral titles available as downloads.

Our choral 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. 

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