Nick Halley awarded Canada Council grant to study choral conducting

May 4, 2011

Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir music director Nick Halley has been awarded a $5,000 2011 Canada Council Grants for professional musicians to travel to the UK during the summer of 2011 to study choral conducting. The award was announced on 14 January 2011. The grant will enable the 28-year-old Halley to work with some of the worlds best choirs and their conductors. These include James ODonnell, director of music at Westminster Abbey, and Stephen Layton, director of music at Trinity, Cambridge. He plans to learn more about the music itself and the way in which choirs are structured. James ODonnell produces an incredible sound with his choir and he is good at articulating what he does, explains Halley. Stephen Layton is brilliant musically and directs two of the worlds top choirs. He takes choral singing to new heights. I am looking forward to working with both of these great music directors. As director of Capella Regalis, Nick will also visit the choir schools at Westminster Abbey, Winchester Cathedral and St Pauls Cathedral on his study trip. Back in Canada, he will spend some time working with Noel Edison, director of the Elora Festival Singers of Ontario.