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Sunday 5 May 2019
First Church in Swampscott, Massachusetts

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Cantemus Chamber Chorus, conducted by Jane Ring Frank, presents “Wit & Wisdom” – programme includes the Hallelujah Chorus from Messyah

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Thursday 9 May 2019
O'Donovan's Hotel, Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland

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Clonakilty Voices, conducted by Seán Ruddy, sing Paul's Elbow arrangement

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Friday 10 May 2019
O'Donovan's Hotel, Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland

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Clonakilty Voices, conducted by Seán Ruddy, sing Paul's Elbow arrangement

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Saturday 11 May 2019 7.30pm
St Barnabas Ealing, London W5

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One of the pieces receiving its UK premiere is I would rather die than hate you, commissioned last year by the University of California Berkeley Alumni Chorus, with these words by Martin Luther King:

... hate for hate only intensifies the existence of hate and evil in the universe. If I hit you and you hit me and I hit you back and you hit me back and go on, you see, that goes on ad infinitum. It just never ends. Somewhere somebody must have a little sense, and that’s the strong person. The strong person is the person who can cut off the chain of hate, the chain of evil. And that is the tragedy of hate, that it doesn’t cut it off. It only intensifies the existence of hate and evil in the universe. Somebody must have religion enough and morality enough to cut it off and inject within the very structure of the universe that strong and powerful element of love… Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love… So this morning, as I look into your eyes, and into the eyes of all of my brothers in Alabama and all over America and over the world, I say to you, “I love you. I would rather die than hate you”.

Also being heard for the first time in concert is the bilingual love-song Quanto sei bella, setting words from the Song of Songs, simultaneously in Italian and in English. Other sacred pieces include The Finchley Service, The Lord my pasture shall prepare, and God be in my head.

From Paul’s work in the area of musical theatre and opera is an excerpt from The Crab That Played With The Sea, based on Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories.

There are choral versions of the beautiful songs Bless This House, Cry me a River and Goin’ Home, while the 70s and 80s are represented by arrangements of Waterloo (ABBA) and Nothing’s gonna stop us now (Starship). For fans of public transport, we have The Slow Train and Transport of Delight (Flanders & Swann) and Jay Foreman and Jon Gracey’s youtube hit Every Tube Station (whose lyrics are… well, every tube station).

The two choirs will be alternately conducted or accompanied by Jane Hopkins and Paul Ayres. And, while the singers have a breather, Jane and Paul perform a piano duet: Mostly Bach’s Toccata and Fugue. This is Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor. But not quite.


Sunday 12 May 2019 10.00am
St Mary at Finchley, London

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Paul's Finchley Service is used at St Mary's this morning, on the opening weekend of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music

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Saturday 18 May 2019
Het Orgelpark, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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An all-day event: the first ever live performance of the completed Orgelbüchlein Project: music by 118 contemporary composers (including Paul) and 45 pieces by Bach

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Sunday 19 May 2019 7.30pm
Shoreham Parish Church, Kent

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The Shoreham Singers, under the direction of Dale Wills, perform Paul's All creatures of our God and King (for choir, brass and percussion) 

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Saturday 25 May 2019 7.30pm
Yorke Trust, Old Chapel, South Creake, Norfolk

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Three of Paul's arrangements feature in Voxcetera's programme. Jane Hopkins conducts.


Sunday 2 June 2019 3.00pm
York College, York, PA, USA

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Saturday 15 June 2019 7.30pm
St Margaret's Ilkley, West Yorkshire

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Rory Wainwright Johnston conducts Cantores Olicanae - programme includes Paul's arrangement of The White Cliffs of Dover

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Sunday 23 June 2019 3.00pm
All Saints Marlow, Buckinghamshire

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Paul gives a solo recital: programme includes pieces by J S Bach, music by the astronomer William Herschel, and some of Paul’s own classical re-interpretations of Beatles songs...

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Wednesday 26 June 2019 7.30pm
Trinity Methodist Church, Woking, Surrey

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Epworth Choir's summer concert features four of Paul's arrangements, of songs by Flanders & Swann, Handel, Dvorak, and good old Trad! Michael Waldron conducts, with Laurence Williams at the piano.


Saturday 29 June 2019 7.30pm
St Mary's, Twickenham, Middlesex

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Paul accompanies Concordia Voices, conducted by Jack Apperley - music by Brahms and Vaughan Williams

 


Saturday 29 June 2019 7.30pm
South Lancing Parish Church, West Sussex

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Worthing Choral Society, conducted by Aedan Kerney, gives the UK premiere of Paul's The Harmony of Heaven and Earth

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Thursday 4 July 2019 7.30pm
St Chad's Holt (near Wrexham)

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Paul plays a selection of organ pieces, sharing the bill with the Tenovus Choir Wrexham, conducted by Issy Rodrigues

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Friday 5 July 2019 7.30pm
All Saints Gresford

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Paul plays a selection of organ pieces, sharing the bill with the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir, conducted by Colin Touchin

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Saturday 6 July 2019
Llangollen Eisteddfod

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Upton Community Choir, directed by Clare Newbould, sings Paul's arrangement of a Welsh lullaby, in Welsh, in Wales...

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Saturday 6 July 2019 7.00pm
St Mary's Mold

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Paul conducts City Chorus, on tour - a joint concert with Cantorion Rhos, conducted by Matthias Wurz

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Friday 12 July 2019 7.30pm
St Andrew's Holborn, London

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Paul conducts City Chorus's summer concert - programme includes Fauré's Requiem


Saturday 13 July 2019 12.30pm
St Mary's Shenfield, Essex

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Bluebirds choir, conducted by Lauren Raison, sing Paul's Elbow arrangement

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Saturday 20 July 2019 8.00pm
Yip Kit Chuen Concert Hall, Diocesan Boys' School. Hong Kong

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Hong Kong's Diocesan Choral Society, conducted by Ronnie Cheng, performs Call it Grace

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Saturday 27 July 2019 2.00pm
St John's, Iffley Road, Oxford

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Oxford City Singers, under Jenny Legg's direction, feature Paul's arrangement of One Day Like This in their two performances, at 2pm and at 7pm 

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Monday 9 September 2019 1.00pm
St Michael's Cornhill, City of London

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Paul gives a lunchtime recital:

Prelude and Fugue in E flat major (BWV552) - J S Bach

Two Pieces (from Twelve Full Organ Pieces) - William Herschel

Two Preludes (nos 2 and 3 from Six Short Preludes and Postludes, Opus 101) - Charles Villiers Stanford

Upon la ri me - Anonymous (English, fifteenth century)

The Radio 4 UK Theme - traditional folk melodies, arranged by Fritz Spiegl, transcribed by Paul Ayres

Five Two-Part Inventions on Nursery Rhymes - traditional, adapted by Paul Ayres

Stairway to Heaven - Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, arranged by Paul Ayres


Friday 13 September 2019 1.00pm
St Barnabas Ealing, London W5

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Paul gives a lunchtime recital:

Prelude and Fugue in E flat major (BWV552) - J S Bach

Two Pieces (from Twelve Full Organ Pieces) - William Herschel

Two Preludes (nos 2 and 3 from Six Short Preludes and Postludes, Opus 101) - Charles Villiers Stanford

Upon la ri me - Anonymous (English, fifteenth century)

The Radio 4 UK Theme - traditional folk melodies, arranged by Fritz Spiegl, transcribed by Paul Ayres

Five Two-Part Inventions on Nursery Rhymes - traditional, adapted by Paul Ayres

Stairway to Heaven - Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, arranged by Paul Ayres


Sunday 15 September 2019 7.30pm
Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Pennsylvania

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world premiere of the solo vocal version of Paul's "O pray for the peace of Jerusalem", performed by Robin Bier (alto) and Matthew Glandorf (organ)

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Wednesday 18 September 2019 12.30pm
Christ Church, Leatherhead, Surrey

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Paul gives a solo recital: music by Herschel, Buxtehude, Ansdell-Evans, and a few of Paul's Beatles numbers


Saturday 5 October 2019 midday
St James's Muswell Hill, London

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Paul accompanies the chamber choir Voxcetera, conducted by Jane Hopkins. The programme features several of Paul's arrangements (see below) as well as music by Byrd, Mozart, Hahn, and Balfour Gardiner.


Thursday 10 October 2019 5.30pm
St Saviour's Primary School Lambeth, London

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In John Ruskin’s bicentenary year, year 5 of St Saviour’s School in Lambeth give the premiere of a new musical, written by Paul Ayres, commissioned by the Herne Hill Music Festival. Ruskin grew up a few miles away from the school, and played as a child on the banks of the now-covered over River Effra. As a young man he wrote a children’s story, The King of the Golden River, for Euphemia Chalmers Gray, known as “Effie”. This new work takes inspiration from the Grimm-like tale, with its moral echoes of The Good Samaritan, and celebrates how the local river – and water in general – can be something to be shared, rather than owned.

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Saturday 12 October 2019
The Globe, Hay on Wye, Herefordshire

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Vocal group The Bright Shiners, directed by Viv Burr, sing Paul's arrangement of Always look on the bright side

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Saturday 12 October 2019 7.00pm
University Church, Walla Walla, WA

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The Departure of the Queen of Sheba played in recital by Kraig Scott

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Thursday 17 October 2019 12.30pm
Beverley Minster, East Yorkshire

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Paul's arrangement of the Welsh lullaby Suo Gân is sung by Hull Collegiate School choir, conducted by James Webb

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Sunday 20 October 2019 1.30pm
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

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Paul gives an informal recital/demonstration on the pipe organ in the Long Hall of Blenheim Palace

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Thursday 24 October 2019 4.30pm
Barcelona Cathedral, Spain

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Paul's arrangement of the Welsh lullaby Suo Gân is sung by Hull Collegiate School choir on tour, conducted by James Webb

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Saturday 26 October 2019
Ouderkerk aan den IJssel, The Netherlands

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A recital by Jan Peter Teeuw, including Paul's Handel-Inspired piece The Departure of the Queen of Sheba

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Wednesday 6 November 2019
LeFrak Concert Hall, Flushing, New York

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Paul's arrangement of O waly waly to be performed by Queens College Treble Choir, directed by Eric Rubinstein

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Saturday 9 November 2019
All Saints Anglican Church, Vernon, BC Canada

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Paul's a cappella arrangement of I vow to thee to be performed by Aura Chamber Choir, conducted by Tami Harker

 

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Sunday 10 November 2019 3.00pm
Centretown United Church, Ottawa, Canada

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Marg Stubington conducts the Canadian Centennial Choir - programme includes Paul's arrangement of White Cliffs

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Sunday 10 November 2019 4.00pm
Christ Church Tacoma, WA

The Departure of the Queen of Sheba played in recital by Kraig Scott

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Sunday 10 November 2019
All Saints Anglican Church, Vernon, BC Canada

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Paul's a cappella arrangement of I vow to thee to be performed (again) by Aura Chamber Choir, conducted by Tami Harker

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Friday 6 December 2019 7.30pm
St Andrew's Holborn, London

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Paul conducts City Chorus's Christmas concert - including music by Gibbons, Buxtehude, Berlioz, and carols for audience

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Saturday 7 December 2019 7.00pm
St John the Baptist, Clarborough, Nottinghamshire

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Village Harmony's Christmas concert includes Paul's arrangement of Rudolph

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Saturday 7 December 2019
St Michael's Partridge Green, West Sussex

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A Christmas Round to be performed by Jolesfield Community Choir, conducted by Judith Finlay

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Sunday 8 December 2019 2.00pm
Sturton-Le-Steeple Village Hall, Nottinghamshire

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Village Harmony's Christmas concert includes Paul's arrangement of Rudolph

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Sunday 8 December 2019
First Presbyterian Church Knoxville, TN

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Advent Lessons and Carols service, including the Messyah version of He shall feed His flock - Mark Pace conducts the choir of First Presbyterian Knoxville

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Tuesday 10 December 2019 7.30pm
Beverley Minster, East Yorkshire

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Paul's arrangement of the Welsh lullaby Suo Gân is sung by Hull Collegiate School choir, conducted by James Webb

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Saturday 21 December 2019 7.30pm
St Peter's Hale, Cheshire

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Altrincham Choral Society's Christmas concert - programme includes Paul's arrangement of Rudolph

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Saturday 25 January 2020 11.00am
St Mary Moorfields, Eldon Street, London

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Paul leads a singing open day with City Chorus


Sunday 26 January 2020 4.30pm
Hughes UMC Wheaton, Maryland

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premiere of Paul's piece I stand upon the seashore - the winning work in the Six Degree Singers' composition competition - Rachel Carlson conducting

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Saturday 1 February 2020 7.30pm
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, Maryland

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second performance of Paul's piece I stand upon the seashore - the winning work in the Six Degree Singers' composition competition - Rachel Carlson conducting

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Sunday 23 February 2020 4.00pm
St Martin's Austin, Texas

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Paul's double-choir setting of Martin Luther King's words, I would rather die than hate you, performed by professional choir Conspirare, directed by Craig Hella Johnson

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Friday 3 April 2020 7.30pm
Southwark Cathedral

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Paul conducts City Chorus, in the choir's 100th anniversary concert: Mozart Coronation Mass, Handel Zadok the Priest, and other works


Friday 3 July 2020 7.30pm
St Andrew Holborn, London

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Paul conducts City Chorus - music by Sullivan, with and without Gilbert!


Monday 17 August 2020 4.00pm
All Saints Clifton, Bristol

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Paul gives a tea-time recital

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Friday 4 December 2020 7.30pm
St Andrew Holborn, London

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Paul conducts City Chorus in a Christmas programme