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English baritone Paul Hillier is one of the leading figures, both as a singer and conductor, in the early music movement and now makes his home in the United States, where he has shown increasing interest in new music. As a boy he was a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. This position carries with it an opportunity to learn a wide expanse of choral repertoire, to receive a thorough musical and general education at the St. Paul's Cathedral School, and to make important lifelong contacts. After graduating from school he studied music at London's Guildhall. He returned to St. Paul's Cathedral in 1973 as its vicar-choral for one season. He was also a member of the Queen's Chapel Royal at Windsor Castle. In 1974 he made his solo recital debut at the Purcell Room in London. In the same year he co-founded the Hilliard Ensemble, becoming its music director. The ensemble soon became one of the world's best known early music vocal groups, and was much in demand for performances worldwide, making a number of bestselling and award-winning recordings. The all-male quartet specialized in Renaissance music. In 1980-81 he taught as a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After that he began to spend an increasing amount of time in America. He was the Copland Colloquium Fellow at Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1984. He became more interested in New Music and tried to get the Hilliard Ensemble to branch out in that direction. That, and a wish to add female voices and engage in the more theatrical style of performance presentation, led to his leaving the Ensemble. In 1990 he moved to the United States to become a professor of music at the University of California, Davis. He founded Theatre of Voices, an ensemble of male and female singers, specializing both in early and recent music, and performing in dynamic, theatrical stage presentations. Unlike the Hilliard Ensemble, it was planned to include a varying number of singers, depending on the demands of the performances. Theatre of Voices records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi USA, on which it has released a repertoire ranging from twelfth century chant to music of Arvo Pärt, including Litany of the Whale by John Cage, and the selection of early American religious music, including hymns sung in the "shaped note" tradition. In 1996 Hillier left California to join the faculty of Indiana University, Bloomington, as director of its Early Music Institute. This is an interdisciplinary study program offering undergraduate and graduate degrees involving not just the study of ancient performance practice and musicology, but also courses in literature, fine arts, and medieval studies in other departments and schools of the university. Hillier was also conductor of Indiana University's Pro Arte Singers, its early music choir. In 2003 he became chief conductor of Ars Nova Copenhagen, and chief conductor and artistic director of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland. Hillier has maintained his active career as a singer and conductor, appearing frequently in North America, Europe, and Japan, though he has relaxed this pace sufficiently to carry out his teaching and administrative responsibilities and also to research and write. His books include 300 Years of English Partsongs, Romantic English Partsongs, The Catch Book, and one on Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, and he has edited of a book of collected writings of composer Steve Reich. Hillier has won many prizes for recordings. He performs on the Harmonia Mundi, ECM, EMI, Finlandia, and Hyperion labels.
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Albums by
Paul Hillier

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    18 songs

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    Baltic Voices 1

    24 songs

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    Bitter Ballads

    22 songs

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    Traditional & Modern Carols

    9 songs

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    French Troubadour Songs

    26 songs

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    Steve Reich: The Cave

    7 songs

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    Buxtehude and his Circle

    14 songs

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    Galina Grigorjeva: Nature Morte

    23 songs

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    The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs

    18 songs

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    William Byrd: The Masses for 3, 4 & 5 voices

    19 songs

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    A Bridge of Dreams

    23 songs

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    The Christmas Story

    17 songs

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    Baltic Runes

    11 songs

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    Orthodox Chant of the 17th & 18th Centuries

    26 songs

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    A New Joy: Orthodox Christmas

    26 songs

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    An Orthodox Christmas

    15 songs

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    Baltic Voices 3

    15 songs

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    Arvo Pärt - A Tribute

    15 songs

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    Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil

    15 songs

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    Baltic Voices 2

    11 songs

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    The Powers of Heaven: Orthodox Music of the 17th & 18th Centuries

    21 songs

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    Fragments

    16 songs

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    The Theatre Of Voices

    13 songs

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    Pärt: I am the True Vine

    19 songs

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    Home to Thanksgiving

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Top Songs by
Paul Hillier

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  2.   Stanze sopra La Vergine Il Primo Libro de Madrigali A Cinque Voci: 1581): VIII. Vergine, tal e terra e post'ha in doglia
  3.   Away in a Manger (to the tune Flow Gently, Sweet Afton) by Theatre of Voices
  4.   The Apple Tree
  5.   Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival) by Theatre of Voices
  6.   We Ask for Nothing Rich or Rare (Giv mig ej glans), for male chorus, Op. 1/4
  7.   Personent Hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
  8.   A Christmas Carol, song for voice & piano, S. 228 (K. 6B27d) by Theatre of Voices
  9.   There Is No Rose
  10.   The Cherry Tree Carol by Theatre of Voices
  11.   Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian) by Theatre of Voices
  12.   Wassail Song ("Here We Come A-Wassailing"), carol by Theatre of Voices
  13.   Joy to the World (theme by Handel) by Theatre of Voices
  14.   Still, O Himmel (Bavarian) by Theatre of Voices
  15.   The Shepherd's Star (American) by Theatre of Voices
  16.   In the Bleak Midwinter, for chorus & organ, H. 73 by Theatre of Voices
  17.   While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night by Theatre of Voices
  18.   A Wassail, a wassail throughout this town, carol
  19.   A Virgin Unspotted (American) by Theatre of Voices
  20.   Sherburne (White & King's The Sacred Harp, 1844) by Theatre of Voices
  21.   Weihnachtslied (Austrian) by Theatre of Voices
  22.   Gaudete, Christus est natus by Theatre of Voices
  23.   The Roundhead by Andrew Lawrence-King
  24.   Deus est ensi conme li pellicanz (The Lord is like the pelican) by Andrew Lawrence-King
  25.   Be m'an perdut
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Paul Hillier

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