Professor Paul Mealor – Director

Paul Mealor’s music has been described as being ‘marked by something outside of himself that is beautifully spatial and evocative of landscape… it illuminates both our past and our future’ (The Guardian, 2011).

Topping the classical charts for six weeks with his best-selling album, A Tender Light (featuring the choir Tenebrae and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), in November 2011, Mealor also broke records by being the first classical composer to hold No.1 in both the classical and pop charts at the same time in December 2011, securing the UK Christmas No.1 with his piece for the Military Wives Choir and Gareth Malone, Wherever you are. The song was nominated for Best British Single in the 2012 Brit Awards.

In April 2012 he was voted the nation’s favourite living composer in the UK Classic FM Hall of Fame. Mealor, currently Professor of Composition at the University of Aberdeen, was catapulted to stardom in April 2011, when 2.5 billion people worldwide heard his motet, Ubi caritas, performed at the wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey. It has since topped the classical singles charts in the USA, UK, Australia, France and New Zealand.