Paul Ayres's music usually involves a text or takes some starting-point from pre-existing material, ranging from a simple harmonisation to a completely new work in which the model is indiscernible, but especially the interesting grey area in between.
Paul's many compositions include works for solo voice ("art-song" and cabaret songs), choir (sacred and secular), theatre (musicals and incidental music)
and various instruments (solo, duo and small ensemble):
Works for solo voice set texts by Wilfred Owen, Brian Patten, John Donne, Shakespeare and others - work has been broadcast on BBC tv's "This is the Day", performed at Wigmore Hall, Conway Hall, and Rheingold Club in London;
Choir music for amateur and professional groups, concert or church use, performed by many choirs in the UK, including New London Children's Choir, University of Warwick Chamber Choir, Ealing Youth Choir, St Barnabas Dulwich; prize from Amadeus Choir of Toronto leading to publication by Gordon V Thompson Music; works shortlisted for BBC Wales Composing for Children, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Jackdaws Educational Trust and the Richard Gregson-Williams Memorial Prize; broadcast on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3;
Instrumental compositions include commissions from Air Concertante Denmark
(2 saxophones and organ), Ocarina Workshop Northamptonshire (ocarina quartet)
and private sponsors (piano/organ);
Arrangements for various musicians, from Meatloaf's "Bat out of Hell" for BBC tv's "Even Further Abroad with Jonathan Meades" to spirituals and hymns.
"a versatile and sensitive composer, equally at home
in a wide variety of styles" The Church Times 4.x.96
Paul also works freelance as a choral conductor, accompanist, MD, and organist.
more details at http://home.clara.net/paulayres
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