Welcome to episode 516 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast!
Today it's my pleasure to introduce to you Paul Ayres who is a prize-winning composer, arranger, choral conductor, musical director, organist and accompanist from the UK. We are talking about his organ music.
Vidas: Thank you so much, Paul for joining in this conversation! I'm very delighted to be able to talk with you through the internet. I came in the contact with your work some months ago when I found out about your fabulous Toccata for Eric. And you sent me other pieces to listen to and then I bought the entire Suite for Eric which was very exciting suite for me. And I'm actually learning and practicing it right now. Actually, before we started talking I practiced the Prelude and Fugue from this suite.
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You can find out more about Paul Ayres and his work by visiting his website at https://www.paulayres.co.uk.
a re-written version of J S Bach's Toccata and Fugue BWV 565
awarded second prize in the AGO Seattle Chapter 'Bach to the Future' composition competition
online live recordings:
Fantasy-Sonata on Over the Rainbow
first prize in the Harrison and Harrison organ builders 150th anniversary composing competition
second prize in Washington DC AGO chapter composing competition
[this one not performed nor recorded yet!]
Aria (from Suite for Eric)
Mostly Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Concerto on I want to hold your hand
first prize in the Brindley & Foster composition competition 2010
Adagio Cromatico on Michelle
Toccatina on Here Comes The Sun
Trio on Ich steh' and Hey Jude
Lament on And I love her
Funiculi Funicula Finale
Fantasia on Mission Impossible
The Departure of the Queen of Sheba
Andrew Lloyd Webber Variations for cello and rock band
(the entire album, transcribed for solo organ)
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Exite Fideles (based on Adeste Fideles)
Variations on Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
joint first prize in the New Zealand Association of Organists' composition competition
Evermore and evermore (based on Corde natus ex Parentis)
Advent Fantasia (using melodies Veni Emmanuel and Wachet Auf)
Herzlich tut mich verlangen
The Lord's my Shepherd (Crimond)
Veni creator Spiritus
Duo (from Suite for Eric)
Intermezzo (from Suite for Eric)
Wie schoen leuchtet der Morgenstern
Toccata on All you need is love
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
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