Welcome to my website! I am a composer and pianist who has been lucky enough to work in a wide range of musical genres, but it is the uniquely fascinating sound of the human voice that always draws me back. It can touch the listener in a way that nothing else quite does, and to a composer it offers endless possibilities.
Audio examples of my work are available here.
Information on my book “Unheard Melodies” can be found here.
Upcoming performances of compositions by Paul Drayton :
Members of the BBC Singers will be performing “Modern Madrigal” on BBC Music Day, 28th September, 2018 . This is a quirky modern take on the Tudor madrigal with new words to suit our own times.
The song-cycle “ONE NIGHT….” (premiered in Wells last October) will be performed again by the same artists : Edward Goater (tenor) and Christopher Sheldrake (piano)
Friday 5th October, 2018 – concert sponsored by Three Arts, Truro – in the Mylor Theatre, Truro College.
“The Passion of Christ as told by Mark the Evangelist” has been recorded by the BBC for broadcast in 2109. It is performed by the BBC Singers with soloists, and organist Richard Pearce. The conductor is Martin André. More details to follow.
Recent performances of compositions by Paul Drayton :
A new song-cycle “ONE NIGHT….” for tenor and piano received its premiere in Wells Cathedral with Edward Goater (tenor) and Christopher Sheldrake (piano) on October 16th 2017.
“SIR AGLOVAILE AND THE GHOST-GIRL”– a Gothic melodrama for SATB chorus and harp. It was performed by the English Baroque Choir, conducted by Jeremy Jackman, in “A Halloween Special” on October 31st at St. Pancras Church, London
A new anthem “For Remembrance” – was performed on November 14th, 2017 by the Cathedral Choir, Truro Cathedral Evensong
A new carol “In the ending of the year” – was premiered on December 16th, 2017 by the Swedish Chamber Choir, Gothenburg, Sweden
The first performance of a new arrangement of Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending for violin and choir. This was written for The Swedish Chamber Choir and was premiered by them under their conductor Simon Phipps in Gothenburg on May 1st, 2018
The “Antique Suite” for 10 brass was played in Florence on Saturday 5th May, 2018 (12 noon) by the brass ensemble of the orchestra of Maggio Fiorentino in the Piazza della Signoria.
A new motet “FOR REMEMBRANCE” was published by Oxford University Press.
Once again one of Paul Drayton’s educational pieces for young players has been selected for the ABRSM grade one piano list – 2017 / 18
Meanwhile various projects are under way. Plans are taking shape for a new opera, to follow in the footsteps of The Hanging Oak.