The Light Walking

These are live recordings of three movements of The Light Walking by Paul Ayres. They were performed at St Pancras Parish Church on Friday 15 May 2015 by William Petter (tenor) and Peter Foggitt (piano).

First premiered in London by William Petter and William Vann in January 2015, the song cycle sets texts by Thomas Traherne, Carol Ann Duffy, and Cecil Day-Lewis.

Paul Ayres 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, 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. Paul works with many choirs as conductor and/or accompanist, leads education workshops for children, plays piano for improvised comedy shows and musical theatre, and gives organ recitals.

‘Sing to the Lord a new song’… since 2002 the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music has been commissioning new songs for the church to sing, breathing new life into the ancient traditions of church music.

Reverend Anne Stevens, Vicar of St Pancras