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the music of Paul Halley • composer, conductor, keyboardist
with works for choir, ensemble, organ, and piano
Paul Halley has resigned from his position as Director of Music at The University of King's College Halifax. Read his letter explaining the departure. PDF here

'Annunciation' - a new work
for SATB choir unaccompanied

The Chapel Choir of The University of King's College, directed by Paul Halley, video of Evensong on the Eve of The Annunciation 2021, recorded at The Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax. 41:53 anthem "Annunciation", music by Paul Halley, text by Marie Howe.

Missa Gaia / Earth Mass
companion pieces

Since the seven movements of the Missa Gaia publication comprise only 35 minutes of music, we recommended the following companion pieces by Paul Halley for your Earth Mass performance:

Ubi Caritas - PEL2003

The Rain Is Over And Gone - PEL2009

Sound Over All Waters -

Freedom Trilogy - PEL2004

Alleluias - PEL2042

Come Away To The Skies - PEL2037

Hold God's Unchangin' Hand - PEL2028

Jubilate Deo - PEL2029

Laudate Dominum - PEL2048

Les Petits Troubadours - PEL2082

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for St. Patrick's Day
'Outer Hebrides' - solo organ
'St. Patrick's Breastplate', hymn with descant

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January 2022 - Celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Music Repertoire - Epiphany through Easter
Works by Paul Halley

Descants    Liturgical/Church    Anthems/SATB    Anthems/SSA

Music for Epiphany
'Christ Whose Glory Fills The Skies', anthem, SATB and organ
"Infinite Light', anthem, SATB and organ
'Christe Qui Lux Es Et Dies', anthem, SATB unaccompanied
'Tis Winter Now', anthem, SATB unaccompanied

Hymn descant - 'Christ Whose Glory Fills The Skies', Tune Ratisbon
Hymn descant - 'The People Who In Darkness Walked', Tune

Music for Ash Wednesday
'Psalm 51: Have Mercy On Me, O God', anthem/psalm setting, SATB unaccompanied

Music for Lent
'Now Quit Your Care' (new tune), anthem, SATB and organ

Hymn descant - 'Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown', Tune Vernon
Hymn descant - 'Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me', Tune
Tender Thought

Hymn descant - 'Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days', Tune St. Flavian
Hymn descant - 'My Song Is Love Unknown', Tune Love Unknown
Hymn descant - 'Now My Tongue The Mystery Telling', Tune Grafton
Hymn descant - 'Take Up Your Cross', Tune Bourbon
Hymn descant - 'When I Survey The Wondrous Cross', Tune Rockingham

Music for The Annunciation - March 25
'Annunciation', anthem, SATB unaccompanied

Music for Palm Sunday
'Hosanna To The Son of David', anthem, SATB unaccompanied

Hymn descant - 'Ride On! Ride On In Majesty', Tune Winchester New

Music for Easter
'Song of Moses', anthem, SATB and organ
'Surgens Jesus', anthem, SATB, piano, bass, drum, and organ
'Come Away To The Skies', anthem, SATB, piano, bass, drum, and organ
'The Rain Is Over And Gone', anthem, SATB, piano, bass, drum, and organ
'Christos Anesti', anthem, SATB, piano, brass, timpani, and organ
'I Cannot Dance, O Love', anthem, SATB and organ
'My Beloved Spake', anthem, SATB and organ with opt. trumpet
'Wondrous Love', anthem, SATB, piano, brass, timpani, and organ

'What Stood Will Stand', anthem, SATB unaccompanied
'Christ Our Passover', anthem, SATB and organ with opt. timpani

Hymn descant - 'Christ The Lord Is Risen Again', Tune Christ ist erstanden
Hymn descant - 'Come Away To The Skies', Tune
Hymn descant - 'Crown Him With Many Crowns', Tune Diademata
Hymn descant - 'He Is Risen, He Is Risen!', Tune Unser Herrscher
Hymn descant - 'Jesus Christ Is Risen Today', Tune Easter Hymn
Hymn descant - 'That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright', Tune Puer Nobis
Hymn descant - 'The Strife Is O'er', Tune Victory
Hymn descant - 'Thine Is The Glory', Tune Judas Maccabeus
Hymn descant - 'Ye Choirs of Jerusalem', Tune St. Fulbert

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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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What's Up? What's New?

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'
Beautiful 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, our newest 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.