The Light Walking
About the recording
These are live recordings of the three movements of The Light Walking by Paul Ayres, a song cycle for solo voice (tenor or soprano) and piano. It was premiered in London by William Petter and William Vann in January 2015. The cycle sets texts by Thomas Traherne, Carol Ann Duffy, and Cecil Day-Lewis. The cycle was performed at St Pancras Parish Church on Friday 15 May 2015 by William Petter (tenor) and Peter Foggitt (piano).
About the composer
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.