Accompanist - 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
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 Paul's
website to find out more.