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the music of Paul Halley • composer, conductor, keyboardist
with works for choir, ensemble, organ, and piano

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Est. January 22, 1998
To our community of friends, family, musicians:

We send best wishes to all of you and hopes for your continued health and safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish to assure you that we are still fully operational with our online services intact - for the purchase of licensed downloads, general licensing, and commission inquiries by email. (It's probably best not to order custom printed choral scores at this time.) We are working at home during the coronavirus outbreak, and adhering to all the safety measures that have been advised by government and medical experts to protect ourselves and our communities. As we know, we're all in this together.

As of March 16th, The Chapel at the University of King's College, Halifax, and the Cathedral of All Saints, Halifax, where Paul Halley is Director of Music, were closed, and all concerts that were scheduled for March and April have been cancelled.

So, now that Paul is immersed in time at home, Meg is encouraging him to continue with the engraving of additional compositions, especially keyboard music (that you can play while you're confined to home) and more specifically, piano works from the "Angel On A Stone Wall" and "Pianosong" recordings. Look for these soon on the keyboard/ensemble page of our site.

Synchronization licensing:

We have received numerous inquiries in recent days from customers wishing to use our copyrighted publications in live video streams or recorded videos for congregational worship or other non-profit, non-commercial uses. We are waiving the fees associated with synchronization licensing for such online uses. However, we still require customers to provide us with detail about their proposed project so that we can issue a synchronization license that addresses the project needs.

Video streams and recorded video content for posting online require a synchronization license, and as such cannot be posted without our permission and the issuance of a license.

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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. 
Paul Halley      Born in Romford, England in 1952, Paul 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.

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"In The Wide Awe And Wisdom", are now available.
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Mechanical Licensing
All mechanical licensing for works by Paul Halley and Back Alley Music are to be secured through our affiliation with The Harry Fox Agency. Please DO NOT ISSUE NOI's for Compuslory Mechanical Licening to Back Alley Music directly. We will send you to The Harry Fox Agency anyway to get your mechanical license through their SongFile licensing channels. It is very easy and can be done online with a credit card. If you wish to know the HFA Songcode for any of our Paul Halley and Back Alley Music titles, we are happy to provide that information to you to make your mechanical licensing of our works easy and simple.
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Pelagomusic now licenses Permission to Arrange directly with our customers for our Paul Halley and Back Alley Music titles. We can issue your license and invoice you directly. Easy and simple.
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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

recent commissions •
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

On The Foundation of the Apostles
2015 - 3 mins

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 fire.

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

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)
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 on 'Nicea'

November 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 Heav'nly Towers
December 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
May 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.

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.

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of note

In The Wide Awe And Wisdom
Choral Works by Paul Halley

Finalist for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. 
Halifax, Nova Scotia and nominee for Best Classical Reecording ECMA 2019. The recording comprises 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 19th century. 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.

A beautiful double-CD set of Paul Halley choral works.
Sheet music is available for all compositions on this recording.

Click on album image above to go to our webpage devoted to this new recording and read all the details. Or, click this link to go right to CD Baby.com to purchase the CD or the album download. 

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