The Brit Award and Double-Classic Brit Award-winning composer, Paul Mealor has been described as, ‘the most important composer to have emerged in Welsh choral music since William Mathias’ (New York Times, 2001) and his music is, ‘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).
Born in St Asaph in 1975, Mealor studied in York, Copenhagen and in the USA, gaining his PhD in composition in 2003. He was catapulted to international stardom in April 2011, when 2.5 billion people (the largest audience in broadcasting history) heard his Motet, Ubi caritas performed by the choirs of Westminster Abbey at the Royal Wedding Ceremony of Prince William and Catherine. In July 2011 Mealor signed to Decca Records and signed a publishing deal with Novello & Co. He is an Honorary Fellow of both Bangor and Glyndwr Universities, and of the Royal Society of Arts. He was awarded the 2013 Glanville Jones Award by the Welsh Music Guild in 2013, for his outstanding contribution to Welsh Music, and in the same year made a Free Burgess of the City of Aberdeen by the Lord Provost. Also, in the same year, he was appointed President of CorDydd and Con Anima Choirs, and Vice-President of the North Wales International Music Festival, as well as Patron of the North East of Scotland Music School.
Topping the Classical Charts for six weeks with his bestselling album, ‘A Tender Light’ in November 2011, he also broke records by being the first classical composer to hold both the UK classical and pop chart No 1’s at the same time in December 2011, securing the UK Christmas No 1 with his piece ‘Wherever You Are’. ‘Wherever You Are’ entered the UK Pop Singles Chart at number 1 on 19th December, selling over 556,000 copies in one week and has been named, by the Official Charts Company as the fastest selling single since Elton John’s ‘Candle in the Wind’. Also, in April of 2012 Mealor was voted the nation’s favourite living composer during the UK National Radio station, Classic FM’s Hall of Fame.
In 2014 he was appointed President of Ty Cerdd – Wales’s National Centre for music and Vice-President of the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. He was appointed Patron of the Welsh Music Guild in 2016 and in 2017, an Honorary President of the International Choral Festival Wales. He is Professor of Composition at the University of Aberdeen, where he has taught since 2003.