NICK HALLEY, Director
Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. As a drummer and world percussionist, Nick has performed and recorded internationally with a range of musicians including James Taylor, Oscar Castro-Neves, Maucha Adnet, David McGuinness & Revenge of the Folk Singers, Concerto Caledonia, Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary, Old Man Luedecke & Tim O’Brien, the Chris Norman Ensemble, various Paul Halley ensembles, Suzie LeBlanc, Theresa Thomason, Diomira with Dinuk Wijeratne & Joseph Petric, and occasionally the Nick Halley Band. The recording Barnum Hill (2008) features Nick and his ensemble performing some of Nick’s original compositions.
Nick is the founder and Artistic Director of the Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the founder and Director of The King’s Chorus, a choir for members of the King’s and Dalhousie University communities in Halifax. Nick is also the Assistant Director of the acclaimed University of King’s College Chapel Choir directed by his father, Paul Halley. He is Cantor and Director for the chapel’s male Compline choir. He is now also Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax. In 2012, Nick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to Canada and Nova Scotia through the arts, particularly for his work with Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir. Nick was the Host of CBC’s Choral Concert for the 2013-14 season. Contact Nick at email@example.com.
Paul Halley was born in Romford, England in 1952 and received his early musical training in Ottawa, where he studied piano, organ and singing. He received his M.A. with prizes in composition and performance from Trinity College Cambridge, and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, winning first prize in the College examinations. Halley served for thirteen years as Organist and Choirmaster at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. As a principal member of The Paul Winter Consort, he earned five Grammy Awards for his contributions as featured writer and performer on many Consort recordings.
Following his departure from the Cathedral in 1990, Paul settled in rural northwestern Connecticut and founded Joyful Noise, Inc., the non-profit organization which administers the children’s choir, Chorus Angelicus, and the adult ensemble, Gaudeamus. These choirs continue to bring their celebrated sound to audiences throughout North America and Europe through an annual concert series of classical masterworks and contemporary repertoire, tours and recordings.
Since 2007, Paul has been Director of Chapel Music at the University of King’s College. At the Atlantic School of Theology, Halley holds the position of University Musician, involving musical accompaniment for services for the graduate theological students as well as coaching in liturgical music and vocal production. Paul hopes to develop a School of Sacred Music in conjunction with these new appointments. Visit his website at pelagosmusic.com