composer & arranger
choral conductor & musical director
organist & accompanist
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. He has received more than 80 commissions from musical ensembles and individuals around the world. 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).
New pieces coming up in 2016 include: The Singers (commissioned by the Association of Music in International Schools, Europe), new work (title tbc) (commissioned by Savannah River Winds), Old Man Kangaroo (mini-opera for all ages, to be produced by Bluegrass Opera Kentucky), an arrangement for a cappella women’s voices of It’s Raining Men (commissioned by Les Sirenes Glasgow), new piece (title tbc) (commissioned by Badger State Girl Choir Wisconsin), Prelude on Du laesst den Tag (commissioned by Carus Music Publishers Germany) and Eternal Father (commissioned for St Peter-ad-Vincula Roydon).
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).
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.