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Paul Ayres

Paul Ayres was born in London, studied music at Oxford University, and now works freelance as a composer & arranger, choral conductor & musical director, and organist & accompanist.

His works have been awarded prizes in composition competitions in Canada, Croatia, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. Paul is a prolific arranger, and has also “re-composed” classical works by Handel, Fauré and Purcell (Messyah, 4A Wreck and Purcell’s Funeral Sentence). Commissions for 2016 include: The Singers (Association of Music in International Schools, Luxembourg), O laud the Lord (Savannah River Winds, Georgia), an arrangement of It’s Raining Men (Les Sirènes, Glasgow), The quality of mercy (Badger State Girl Choir, Wisconsin), Prelude on Du laesst den Tag (Carus Music Publishers, Germany), Storm and Tide (St Peter-ad-Vincula, Roydon) and an arrangement of None of the Above (London Humanist Choir).

As an organist, Paul has particularly enjoyed creating classical transcriptions, arrangements and adaptations of popular titles (Whiter Shade of Pale, Mission Impossible, Over the Rainbow, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Variations on a theme of Paganini, Beatles tunes and Happy Hardcore tracks), many of which will feature on a new CD to be released by Priory Records in autumn 2016.

Paul is the regular conductor of City Chorus and the choirs at London College of Music (University of West London), accompanist of Concordia Voices, and associate accompanist of Crouch End Festival Chorus. He has led many music education workshops for children, and played piano for improvised comedy shows and musical theatre. Please visit www.paulayres.co.uk to find out more.
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4080
SATB
**
Introduce — or close — your Christmas concert with this cheerfully swinging arrangement of a traditional English carol. 2m 15s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Paul Ayres. Words: Trad. English.
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4081
SATB
**
Bring the spirit of caroling into your Christmas concert with this famous traditional English carol. 3m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Paul Ayres. Words: Trad. English.
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4082
3 or 4 equal or mixed voices/instruments
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A Christmas rollick, shanty style, with a peal of bells to finish, flexibly scored for equal or mixed voices and/or instruments. 3m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Paul Ayres. Words: Trad. English.
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5036
SSSAA
**
An original and highly effective setting of the African American spiritual. Moving and prayerful, with close harmonies and aleatoric sections. 3m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Paul Ayres. Words: Trad. African American.
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