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the music of Paul Halley • composer, conductor, keyboardist
with works for choir, ensemble, organ, and piano
  October - 2020
  For Ruth, our RBG
Rest well

'Beati Omnes Qui TIment Dominum'

Blessed are they who fear the Lord and walk in His ways  Psalm 127

Paul Halley and Pelagosmusic
Youtube channel:
'Paul Halley Playlists'
a selection of Halley repertoire

HOMEWARD BOUND with Paul Halley,
Vol. 3: "Spring Light"
Released May 1, 2020

HOMEWARD BOUND with Paul Halley
"The Easter Edition: Music for Choir."
Released April 11, 2020 for Easter

HOMEWARD BOUND with Paul Halley,
Vol. 2: "Duets & trios for time together."
Released April 16, 2020

HOMEWARD BOUND with Paul Halley,
Vol. 1: "Piano songs for a time of reflection." Released April 6, 2020

'Song For Canada' by Paul Halley
Performed by Capella Regalis
directed by founder Nick Halley
Celebrating July 1, 2020

JUNETEENTH playlist from Paul Halley
Special Celebration Edition
Theresa Thomason and Paul Halley
Released June 19, 2020


"September Light - Wolf Gut, NS" - painting by Meg Race
A frequent sailing destination for Paul Halley in the La Have Islands.

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: SSAA version of "To My Old Brown Earth" - link here.

New Choral Work: 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 recent 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. 

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

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During the Covid-19 period, many of you have asked to use our copyrighted music for live video streams and recorded videos for congregational worship or other non-comercial use. We ask that you provide us with detail about your proposed project so that we can issue a synchronization license that addresses your project's needs.

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choral titles
The choral titles from our acclaimed recording,
"In The Wide Awe And Wisdom", are now available.
Find out more about this award-winning recording and repertoire.

Choral works are offered as licensed downloads (available immediately at download) or as custom-print orders (takes two weeks).

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Paul Halley, Director of Music at The University of King's College Chapel, Halifax, NS

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Paul Halley, Director of Music at The Cathedral of All Saints, Halifax, NS


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