Paul Mealor has been described as ‘one of the most important composers to have emerged in Welsh choral music since William Mathias … A real and original talent’ ( New York Times ) . Born in St Asaph, north Wales, in 1975, he has studied composition with John Pickard, Nicola LeFanu and Hans Abrahamsen. Since 2003 he has taught at the University of Aberdeen, where he is currently Reader in Composition, and has held visiting professorships in composition at institutions in Scandinavia and the United States.
Paul Mealor’s music has rapidly established its place in the repertoire of choirs and singers around the world. It has been described as having ‘serene beauty, fastidious craftsmanship and architectural assuredness’. This is ‘music of deep spiritual searching that always asks questions, offers answers and fills the listener with hope’. His sacred motets, songs and cycles have been performed, broadcast and recorded by artists in the UK, the USA and further afield. His international fame has been secured by the choice of his ‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’ adapted to the words of Ubi Caritas as the central music for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
Paul Mealor is principal conductor of Con Anima Chamber Choir.