Paul Halley

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Paul Halley
GenresChoral, new-age, gospel
InstrumentsPiano, organ, vocals, harpsichord, keyboards

Paul Halley (born 1952 in Romford, England) is a keyboardist, vocalist and composer. He is perhaps best known as being a member of and composer for the Paul Winter Consort.


Paul Halley was born in England in 1952. His father was a musician and, when he emigrated with his family to Canada, he sang in the choir of St. Matthew's Church, Ottawa. At age 16, he became an Associate of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and won an organ scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge. Halley returned to Canada, serving as music director at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine[citation needed] in Victoria, British Columbia. Later, he was recruited to be organist and choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, one of the largest cathedrals in the world, located in New York City. Between 1977 to 1989, Halley became a member of the Paul Winter Consort, collaborated with Paul Winter to create the Missa Gaia/earth mass and earned five Grammy Awards for his contributions as a composer and performer with the group. He left the Consort in 1999 after recording Journey with the Sun to pursue a solo career, recording several albums and founding several high level arts organizations along the way. Paul Halley's compositions have been performed and recorded by the New Jersey Symphony and John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra.[1]

After leaving the Cathedral in 1989, Halley founded Joyful Noise, Inc., a non-profit organization, designed to teach children proper vocal technique, music theory, and musicianship. The two groups involved with the organization are Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus, and are both still presently active.

He currently holds the position of Music Director at the University of King's College and All Saints Cathedral in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has a son, Nick Halley, who directs Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir. He also has two other children: Saymantha Halley and Vanessa Halley. Meg Race, his wife, manages his music licensing business, Pelagos Music.


  • Nightwatch (1982)
  • Pianosong (1986)
  • New Friend (1986) w/Eugene Friesen
  • Whales Alive (1987) w/Paul Winter & Leonard Nimoy
  • Angel on a Stone Wall (1991)
  • Voices of Light (1994)
  • Christmas Angelicus (1995)
  • Sound Over All Waters (1998) w/Theresa Thomason
  • Triptych (2000)
  • The Halley Quartet (2013)
  • Let Us Keep The Feast (2014)
  • In the Wide Awe and Wisdom (2017)


  1. ^ "About Paul Halley". Retrieved 8 January 2011.

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