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.
A new anthem “For Remembrance” – will be performed on November 14th by the Cathedral Choir, Truro Cathedral Evensong
A new carol “In the ending of the year” – is to be premiered on December 16th by the Swedish Chamber Choir, Gothenburg, Sweden
Recent performances of two major 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.
“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 motet “FOR REMEMBRANCE” will be published by Oxford University Press towards the end of August, in time for Remembrance Day on November 11th
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.