PAUL CORFIELD GODFREY was born in London and after a period of residence in Ireland now lives in Wales, studying composition and conducting at various times with Alan Bush and David Wynne. His compositions include four symphonies: various orchestral, chamber and instrumental works: songs and choral works: operas, including The Dialogues of Óisin and Saint Patric and Arcturus, both performed in Cardiff and elsewhere: and a cycle of epic scenes based on J R R Tolkien’s posthumous novel The Silmarillion, the largest work written in Wales in the twentieth century, excerpts from which have been publicly performed in Oxford and which has been recorded and released by Prima Facie Records in association with Volante Opera in a set of ten CDs. Other operas have also now been recorded, including The Nightingale and the Rose after the fable by Oscar Wilde, and Blithe Spirit after Noel Coward (released in autumn 2023). Many other works have been performed in London and elsewhere throughout the UK, Hungary, America, Australia and New Zealand, and videos of many of these are available on YouTube. His manuscript scores are lodged at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has appeared as a performer both on radio and television.


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