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At the console of St Pauls Cathedral Organ

Outside St Pauls Cathedral

With Winchester College Quiristers

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Malcolm Archer is one of the world’s leading church musicians, and has enjoyed a distinguished career in cathedral music, which has taken him to posts at Norwich , Bristol and Wells Cathedrals, then Organist and Director of Music at St.Paul’s Cathedral and Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College. In the Autumn of 2018, he took on a role as Advisor and Mentor to Organ Scholars in various Oxford colleges. During his time at St. Paul’s Cathedral he directed the choir for several State services, including the Tsunami Memorial Service, the London Bombings Service and the 80th Birthday Service for HM The Queen, for which he was invited by Buckingham Palace to compose a special anthem, performed live on BBC1. His many broadcasts and recordings from Wells, St. Paul’s and Winchester College have received critical acclaim, and his CD of Christmas music from St. Paul’s was voted Editor’s number one choice in The Daily Telegraph. His own setting of ‘Be thou my Vision’ features on the debut album of the girl group ‘Celeste’ for Decca.

Malcolm is much in demand as a choir trainer and choral and orchestral conductor, and he has directed concerts, workshops, courses and summer schools in various parts of the globe, as well as working with several leading orchestras. He is also the Musical Director of the Jean Langlais Festival in France

As an organ recitalist he has played in nine European countries, New Zealand the USA and Canada, and his many CDs include repertoire as diverse as J.S. Bach and Olivier Messiaen, as well as his own music.

As a composer, Malcolm receives regular commissions from both sides of the Atlantic, and he has many published works. Recently he has composed works for the Southern Cathedrals Festival, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Festival of the Sons of the Clergy, an anthem for the enthronement service of the Bishop of Winchester, and a special anthem commissioned to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015. He has also jointly edited two books for Oxford University Press: Advent for Choirs and Epiphany to All Saints for Choirs. His compositions are widely performed, recorded and broadcast and are greatly enjoyed for their approachable nature and singability.

He has been an adjudicator for the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the year competition, (he has, over the years had twelve of his own choristers in the final) and for four years was a judge for the BBC Songs of Praise School Choirs competition, including chairing the judging panel for two of those competitions. He is also a frequent contributor to that programme as both interviewee and musical arranger. He has recently been a judge for the British Composer Awards.

Malcolm has served as council member of the Royal College of Organists, and he is a member of the council of the Guild of Church Musicians, from whom he was recently awarded the Fellowship for his services to church music over many years. In 2009, he was awarded the FRSCM (Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music) for his work in three cathedrals, and as a composer of church music.