Royal marriage to be sealed with the help of music by University of Aberdeen composer

Royal marriage to be sealed with the help of music by University of Aberdeen composer

The University of Aberdeen is delighted to hear that an original choral composition by Dr Paul Mealor has been chosen by Prince William and Catherine Middleton for their Royal Wedding tomorrow.

The ceremony in Westminster Abbey will feature Paul Mealor’s Ubi Caritas, performed by The Choir of Westminster Abbey and The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, conducted by James O’Donnell.

The talented 35-year-old choral composer has taught at the University of Aberdeen since 2003. In 2005 he launched, in association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the University of Aberdeen Music Prize for Composition. Today Paul is rapidly becoming established as one of the leading young composers in contemporary British music.

Ubi caritas was premiered last October at St Andrew’s University where the Royal couple first met. A further connection is Paul’s birthplace of Anglesey, since that is also where the Royal couple now reside.

Paul Mealor describes how the Royal request came as a total surprise, saying: “I was thrilled to hear that HRH Prince William of Wales had chosen my music for his wedding. How humbling it is for me to know that Prince William and Catherine will celebrate the beginning of their lives together with my music. The ceremony is going to be, without a doubt, the most emotionally intense and exhilarating hour of my life!’’    

Professor Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Aberdeen expressed his delight that billions of viewers and listeners around the world will have the opportunity to be spellbound by the musical craftsmanship of a colleague at the University, saying: “I know that all Paul’s colleagues and students at the University will want to join me in congratulating him on this tremendous honour. He has made a huge contribution to the strength of music teaching and research at the University and we are extremely proud of his achievements.”

Born in St Asaph, North Wales in 1975, Paul Mealor studied composition from an early age with John Pickard, Robert Saxton, at the University of York with Nicola LeFanu, in Copenhagen with Hans Abrahamsen and Per Nørgård and in Stockholm with Magnus Lindberg.

Paul Mealor’s compositions are now performed around the world including major commissions from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Britten Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia, Jeremy Huw Williams, Mika Takehara, Ian Pace and the Gemini Ensemble. His works are regularly broadcast on international radio, including Swedish Radio, New Zealand Radio, Danish Radio, Japanese TV and Radio, Australian Radio, S4C (Welsh TV), and the BBC (Radios Two, Three & Four).

In 1997 Paul established the Northop Festival of Music, which has gone on to become one of the most successful events in the North Wales Calendar and. His music is published by UYMP Ltd.