Paul Ayres available - Wisconsin/Michigan April/May 2015
Date: May 2, 2014
Location: Wisconsin, USA
British composer/arranger/conductor/organist Paul Ayres has been invited to to play concerts and lead workshops in Marquette MI and Green Bay/Appleton WI next year, 20-28 April (inclusive) - I'm helping find a few extra stops for his tour.
If anyone within easy travelling distance of Chicago / Detroit / Milwaukee would be interested in booking him for a choral workshop and/or composition session and/or organ recital, please contact me for more information.
At the moment, available time frames are 10-19 April are 29 April-10 May 2015.
Below are a few highlights from his CV, and more information can be found at
first-class honours degree in music from Oxford University
assistant director of music at St George's Church Hanover Square London (2001-08)
choral director at London College of Music since 2005
prize-winning composer and arranger (including awards from The Esoterics, American Guild of Organists, finalist in BBC Young Composer of the Year)
music commissioned by Alexandria Choral Society, California Lutheran University, Concordia Youth Chorale New Jersey, Cathedral Church of the Nativity Bethlehem, St James Academy Lenexa, Pittsburgh Eastern Area Youth Chorale, Synchronia Ensemble, Texas Lutheran University, Wartburg College, Wheaton College
solo organ recitals on previous tours have included St Thomas's Fifth Avenue New York, Washington National Cathedral, Adolphus Busch Hall Harvard University, and choral workshops with many schools, universities and churches
[review of Handel-Inspired CD]
Ayres is outstanding as composer, arranger, editor and skilful player… this CD is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable and original recordings I’ve heard.
(The Gramophone, May 2008)
Ayres's playing is exemplary ***** [five stars: "highly recommended"]
(Choir & Organ, July/August 2008)
In truth, there isn't a dud track here and Paul Ayres’ playing is consistently well judged. This is a recital which has lifted my spirits each time I have listened to it!
(MusicWeb International, August 2008)
solo repertoire of classical works, plus arrangements and transcriptions of popular material:
Toccata on All you need is love (Beatles)
Fantasia on Mission Impossible (Schifrin)
Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum)
Stay with me (DJ Sy and DJ Demo)
Variations for cello and rock band (Lloyd Webber)