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New Organist and Director of Music is appointed

New Organist and Director of Music is appointed

Malcolm Archer, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral, has been appointed as the Organist and Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral in succession to  John Scott LVO. He will take up the post on 1 September.

Malcolm Archer was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral in 1996 where he directs and trains the Cathedral choir for its daily services in the Cathedral, as well as being the Musical Director for Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society. In addition to overseas tours and radio and TV broadcasts he has recorded with the Cathedral Choir a wide range of CD’s and the choir now records regularly for several record companies, including Hyperion, Cantoris and Lammas. Engagements abroad with the Cathedral Choir have included a concert in Bruges as part of the 2003 Flanders Festival. Malcolm Archer is also frequently invited to direct choral workshops and courses in North America.

He was educated at King Edward V11 School, Lytham, the Royal College of Music (where he was an RCO scholar) and Jesus College Cambridge where he was organ scholar. He studied the organ with Ralph Downes, Gillian Weir and Nicolas Kynaston, and composition with Herbert Sumsion and Alan Ridout. He has given organ concerts in nine European countries, Canada and the USA and amongst other notable invitations, he has played for the IAO Congress on more than one occasion and given the Winston Churchill Memorial Concert at Blenheim Palace. He has also recorded for BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3, played at most principal venues in the UK and has recorded repertoire as varied as J.S.Bach and Olivier Messiaen, including the complete La Nativite du Seigneur on the organ of Coventry Cathedral.

Malcolm Archer is a prolific composer with well over 200 published works. His work Three Psalms of David was premiered in Wells Cathedral as part of the Classics West Festival, with the Classics West International Chorus and The Virtuosi of London. He has also written a five movement millennium work for Lichfield Cathedral, called The Coming of the Kingdom. He has been commissioned to write works for The Southern Cathedrals’ Festival, the Exeter Festival and the Musica Deo Sacra Festival. He has recently been commissioned to write a work for the 350th Sons of the Clergy Festival in 2004, which is held in St. Paul’s Cathedral, a new work for the 50th anniversary of the Chichester Singers as well as a work for the 2004 Southern Cathedrals’ Festival. He has also been asked to compose a new work called The Garden of Love for the Sussex Chorus, for a premiere in 2004. His works receive regular performances on BBC Radio and TV and his publishers include Oxford University Press, Novello, the RSCM and Kevin Mayhew Ltd. He is also a frequent contributor to the BBC television programme Songs of Praise as composer, arranger and interviewee and he was recently invited to be one of the judges for the BBC Songs of Praise competition for school choirs at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Malcolm Archer is an examiner and council member for the Royal College of Organists and an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

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