In The Wide Awe and Wisdom – Choral Works by Paul Halley

Creator: Paul Halley

Nominator: Barbara Butler

The nominated work is a recording released in 2017 of works composed and produced by Paul Halley with young Haligonian choristers trained by him and accompanied by him on the organ in the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax.  The music is grounded in Western traditions of polyphony and counterpoint, enriched with Halley’s knowledge of jazz and the music of West Africa.  The title track sets the poem by Charles G.D. Roberts, a professor at King’s College in the late 19th century. In this and many of the other works on the recording, themes of planetary movement, the presence of the sacred, and love in all its forms recur and interweave.

The jury found the choral voicing strikingly new and the recording exceptional in its overall execution.

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