Paige Halliwell, born in Cheltenham in 1998, is a composer currently exploring themes of fluidity and perception of timbral colour in music; facilitated by considering the limits of freedom and asynchrony in her work. Encompassing these compositional themes, Paige is striving to achieve inclusivity and accessibility through a lot of her work, in order to allow a broad spectrum of musical participants from a wide range of musical backgrounds to be able to approach and enjoy her music. These ambitions derive from Paige’s passion for choral music, and her experiences in many community choirs as a singer.
Paige has experience in choral and vocal music, for both amateur and professional choirs. Being a classically trained soprano and flautist herself, Paige has years of experience singing in choral groups. She currently sings in Cordis Chamber Choir, based in Bath, with whom which she is also an active composer for.
A recent work by Paige, for CoMA (“an organisation dedicated to enabling musicians of all abilities to participate actively in contemporary music”), explores themes of emergence, dissolving and fluidity. The piece, Flux, was written for the flexible instrumentation of Bristol's CoMA ensemble, and is now available for purchase in CoMA's catalogue of music.
Up to date, Paige has written for a variety of instrumentations, including instrumental chamber groups/flexible ensembles and a collection of solo pieces. Her choral works, including a four-piece song cycle for SATB, have been performed by a wide spread of choirs from community church groups, to professional choirs in venues including The Wiltshire Music Centre, Cirencester & Gloucester Cathedral. In a recent major project, Paige wrote a chamber opera for the well-known Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera Company, performed at the Dance House Theatre in Manchester.
In a recent piece, workshopped with the Plus-Minus Ensemble, Paige explored a mysteriously intricate sound-world of varying texture and timbre focuses, creating an iridescent landscape of colourful material moving in a fluid manner between three instruments.