Paul Halley Biography

Born in Romford, Essex in 1952, raised in Ottawa, Ontario and educated at Cambridge University, Paul Halley is an internationally known composer, conductor, and keyboardist who has earned three Grammy Awards to date for his contributions as featured writer and performer on many Paul Winter Consort recordings. Halley's new keyboard works and choral compositions are recorded and distributed by Pelagos Incorporated, the independent music publishing and recording company for which Halley serves as Creative Director. In addition to the large selection of published music available from Pelagos, Halley has a number of compositions in print with Warner-Chappell, Galaxy, and E. Henry David. Halley's work has been licensed to Sony Entertainment and BMG Music, as well as to John Williams and The Boston Pops Orchestra. Commissioning organizations for Halley's compositions include The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New Jersey Symphony, Juniata College, Taft School, The City Mission Society of Boston, The Ottawa Choral Society, baritone Gerald Finley, The Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Pete Seeger, and The Canadian Brass. Performances of Halley's choral works are often heard in live broadcasts on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and National Public Radio.

Halley's professional resume includes seventeen years as featured performer with The Paul Winter Consort and thirteen years as Director of Music at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City where he transformed the Cathedral's music program into a rich combination of classical and contemporary music. Halley serves as Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington, CT and, for the past eight years, he has been the Artistic Director of Joyful Noise, Inc., the non-profit organization which administers the children's choir Chorus Angelicus, and the adult choir Gaudeamus. In his capacity as conductor of these choirs, Halley is acclaimed for brilliantly conceived concert programs and a natural ability to inspire and motivate singers from age eight to adult.

Paul Halley Bio from Discogs

Paul Halley (born 1952 in Romford, England) is a keyboardist, composer and choral conductor now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was a member of The Paul Winter Consort from 1980 until 1999, contributing to five Grammy Award winning albums both as a performer and composer.

The album Whales Alive (1987), a collaboration with Paul Winter, was also nominated for a Grammy Award. He has collaborated with Consort member Eugene Friesen on the album "New Friend" (1988) and released half a dozen solo albums.

Halley was Director of Music of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City for thirteen years, as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of the acclaimed choirs, Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus, based in Torrington, CT. In July 2007 Paul relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia to become Director of Chapel Music at the University of King's College, Director of Music at St. George's Anglican Church, and University Musician at Atlantic School of Theology.

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