Member since October 2019
Paul Henley is an English composer living in England. A former opera singer, his prime purpose when writing music is to communicate and engage the audience and he believes music should be highly expressive. He trained at Birmingham School of Music where he was co-winner of the BMI Composition Prize and in 2017, his 'Prelude' for orchestra was shortlisted for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's Composers' Day with Mark-Anthony Turnage who 'highly commended' the work. He writes for a wide variety of mediums and his diverse artistic interests include Theatre and Dance.
Paul's music has been described as 'immediately accessible', 'original and absorbing', 'very compelling, often beautiful', 'highly individual' and 'uplifting and a joy to sing'. It is basically tonal and sometimes contains elements of jazz and show music. He wishes it to appeal more to the heart than the head. Both his vocal and instrumental works are often narrative based and tend to alternate between being very lyrical and very rhythmic.
Listen to works by Paul Henley
Now The Night Is Rising
This is an 'a cappella' item from my stage work, 'Bethlehem Junction'. The show is based on the Nativity and this number is sung by the shepherds just before the arrival of the angel.
Sonata No.1 for Cello and Piano - 2nd. Mvt.
Cello and Piano
This is a lively movement with a more lyrical middle passage highlighting the cello's capacity for 'cantabile' expression.
'Elegy' for String Quartet (opening passage)
This work was written in memory of my parents. The initial motif in the viola provides much of the material for the work.
Holy Is His Name
Vocal Duet and Orchestra
This duet from my stage work, 'Bethlehem Junction', a presentation of the Nativity, is sung by Mary and Elizabeth. The text is loosely based on the Magnificat.