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About • Nick Halley

Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. As a drummer and world percussionist, Nick has performed and recorded internationally with a wide range of musicians including James Taylor, Oscar Castro-Neves, Maucha Adnet, David McGuinness & Revenge of the Folk Singers, Concerto Caledonia, Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary, Old Man Luedecke & Tim O’Brien, the Chris Norman Ensemble, various Paul Halley ensembles, Suzie LeBlanc, Theresa Thomason, Diomira with Dinuk Wijeratne & Joseph Petric, Matt Brewer, and occasionally the Nick Halley Band.  The recording Barnum Hill (2008) features Nick and his ensemble performing some of Nick’s original compositions.

Nick is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He is also the Founder and Director of The King’s Chorus, a choir for members of the King’s and Dalhousie University communities in Halifax.  Nick is Assistant Director of the acclaimed University of King’s College Chapel Choir directed by his father, Paul Halley and is Cantor and Director for the chapel’s male Compline choir.  Recently, Nick became Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at The Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, to assist his father in the new appointment of Director of Music. In 2012, Nick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to Canada and Nova Scotia through the arts, particularly for his work with Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir.  Nick was the Host of CBC’s Choral Concert for the 2013-14 season.

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Born in New York City, and raised in the grounds of the city's Cathedral of St. John the Divine (where his father, Paul Halley, was Director of Music), Nick Halley's earliest memories are of the rich variety of music there, from sacred choral to contemporary jazz and African dance. These early influences proved to be lasting. Nick majored in jazz and classical percussion at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and spent a year studying and performing in Brazil prior to returning to New York City to The New School University's jazz and contemporary music program. There he studied with Amir Ziv, Billy Hart, and Jamey Haddad, and entered into long-lasting musical friendships with some of the great young musicians in New York's ever-evolving jazz scene.

Nick has tours and records with groups ranging in style from traditional Scottish and Irish to gospel, jazz, Brazilian and popular music, including The Chris Norman Ensemble, various Paul Halley ensembles, and his own recently-formed Nick Halley Band. Nick has performed with artists such as James Taylor, Oscar Castro-Neves, Maucha Adnet, Suzie LeBlanc, Theresa Thomason, Rhonda Larson, Café, and Jamey Haddad. He also directs workshops in percussion, music theory, and Brazilian, North African, and South Indian rhythm.
    

Nick worked for three years (2005-2008) as Assistant Conductor of Connecticut’s acclaimed children’s choir Chorus Angelicus. While there he founded and directed The Gentlemen of Chorus Angelicus, a choir designed to engage the boys of the senior choir, along with those from its training program in the experience of singing services and concerts together with their older peers in the alto, tenor, and bass sections.  

In July 2008, Nick released his debut recording, 'Barnum Hill', featuring the Nick Halley Band
- Matt Brewer, Richard Baughman, Adam Niewood, Greg Ruggiero and others -  in performances of Nick's own compositions as well as those of other members of the Band. This album features some of New York's best young jazz talent on saxophones, guitars, and bass – the traditional jazz framework then being expanded to include the wild sounds of percussion from around the world and the great pipe organ (played by Paul Halley).  

In the summer of 2008, Nick moved to Halifax in order to take up an apprenticeship with his father as organist and choral conductor at King's College, along with St. George's Anglican Church, and the Atlantic School of Theology, developing great proficiency in the areas of liturgical music, pipe organ and choral direction. He directs the King's Chapel service of Compline, the ancient, candle-lit, mostly sung evening service for which he also acts as Cantor. This collection of services, combined with the brilliance of Chaplain Gary Thorne and Director of Music Paul Halley, provide an unparalleled opportunity for a young musician wishing to immerse himself in the vast and great tradition of church music and liturgy.

For more information, link to www.nickhalley.com


About • Keramion Singers
Our Pelagosmusic studio singers
featured on our newest recording In The Wide Awe And Wisdom

KERAMION SINGERS
Paul Halley, director
Nick Halley, assistant director

The current roster of Keramion Singers comprises professional musicians and choral scholars who regularly sing with Paul Halley at All Saints Cathedral and the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Halley is Director of Music. Many of these singers have been working with Paul Halley since he moved from New England to Nova Scotia in 2007. Some of the singers, Halley's own children in particular who are now accomplished musicians in many genres, have been making music with Halley since they were in Chorus Angelicus during their childhood and adolescence.




Sarah  Keramion_Singers
Nick  AKC  Karas  PaulHalley

Katie and Steve  Nico

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About • University of King's College Chapel Choir
The King's College Chapel Choir, modeled on the Chapel Choirs of Cambridge and Oxford, comprises twenty-four choristers from King's College and Dalhousie University who are selected through auditions each year. The choir's primary function is to sing at the weekly evensongs and eucharists, as well as other major services throughout the academic year. The choir also sings three major concerts each year in a music series entitled 'King's at the Cathedral', begun by Paul Halley in the spring of 2008. In this series, the choir sings a major requiem in November, a Christmas concert series in December, and a Bach masterwork in March or April.

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The choir had its beginnings in the early 1970s when Dr. Robert Crouse put together a group of singers to lead the worship at the Thursday Eucharists at King's. Since that time the choir has expanded its role, having sung under the direction of several notable conductors including Helen Roby, David Buley, and most recently Dr. Walter Kemp.

In July 2007, Paul Halley was appointed Director of Music of the Chapel and since then has built the group into a fine ensemble which now includes touring and recording amongst its activities. Halley says of the choir: "It is my hope that over time, prospective students will view the Chapel Choir as one of the reasons to attend university in Halifax. There's really nothing quite like the training a fine collegiate chapel choir can offer. You get through so much first-rate music, just in one week - all the anthems, motets, mass settings, canticles, psalms and hymns - that your musical literacy increases at a phenomenal rate."

In 2008, Nick Halley moved to Halifax in order to take up an apprenticeship with his father as organist and choral conductor at King's College, and more recently, at The Cathedral Church of All Saints, to proceed further into the world of liturgical music, studying pipe organ and choral direction. As well as assisting his father in Wednesday's Evensong and Thursday's Eucharist, he has taken over the musical direction of the chapel's service of Compline (Tuesdays, 9:30pm), the ancient, candle-lit, mostly sung evening service for which he acts as Cantor. This collection of services, combined with the brilliance of Chaplain Gary Thorne and Director of Music Paul Halley, provide an unparalleled opportunity for a young musician wishing to immerse himself in the vast and great tradition of church music and liturgy.

In 2013, Paul Halley directed the Chapel Choir in the recording and release of the album Let Us Keep The Feast. This spectacular recording follows the church year from Advent through to All Saints and All Souls, showcasing a range of liturgical musical masterpieces from the Renaissance polyphony of Palestrina, Byrd, and Tallis, to the modern classics of Faure, Howells, and Halley.

Paul Halley is very happy to meet and hear prospective choral and organ scholar candidates at any time. If you would like further information, or to arrange a visit to King's, please contact: Paul Halley, Director of Chapel Music

For more information, link to www.kingschapel.ca





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