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

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

 


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

composer

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

composer

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

organist

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

composer

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

composer

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

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

conductor

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


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

composer

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

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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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Sunday 1 September 2019 1.30pm
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

organist

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


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

organist

Paul gives a lunchtime recital


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

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Paul gives a lunchtime recital


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

organist

Paul gives a solo recital


Thursday 10 October 2019 6.30pm
St Saviour's Primary School Lambeth, London

composer educator

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.


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

conductor

Paul conducts City Chorus's Christmas concert


Saturday 25 January 2020 11.00am
London venue tbc

conductor

Paul leads a singing open day with City Chorus


Friday 3 April 2020 7.30pm
Southwark Cathedral

conductor

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

conductor

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


Friday 4 December 2020 7.30pm
St Andrew Holborn, London

conductor

Paul conducts City Chorus in a Christmas programme