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 compositions usually involve words – solo songs, choral pieces, music for theatre productions – and he is particularly interested in working with pre-existing music, from arrangements of folksongs, hymns, jazz standards and nursery rhymes to ‘re-compositions’ of classical works, as in Purcell’s Funeral Sentence, 4A Wreck and Messyah.

Recent commissions include When you see millions of the mouthless dead for the BBC Singers, Artemisia for solo voice & strings, Brethren for men’s voices and a setting of Pablo Neruda’s poetry in Spanish and English for Seattle choir The Esoterics.

Paul is assistant director of music at St George’s Church Hanover Square, leads education workshops for children, plays piano for improvised comedy shows and has given many solo organ recitals in the UK, Scandinavia, Europe, North America and Australia.

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