When a student choir’s rendition of a choral composition written by a University of Aberdeen music professor was heard by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, little could anyone have known what massive consequences it would have.
The rendition of Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, composed by Professor Paul Mealor, led to an invitation to compose music for the Duchess’s marriage to Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, in 2011.
Research carried out at the University explores how this chance performance has led to the resulting new composition Ubi caritas reaching a global audience of around 2.5 billion people via mass media broadcast.
The music created and sustained a spiritual, cultural and educational impact as more religious, amateur and church choirs subsequently purchased, performed and recorded the music.
Ubi caritas has reached a global audience of around 2.5 billion people via mass media broadcast."
Ubi Caritas has featured in a number of television programmes since its original performance and has been performed and adapted by countless musical groups and has been used as teaching material in courses for youth choirs and young conductors. It is true to say that Ubi caritas has fully entered the concert repertoire of choirs all over the world and has been performed consistently since its first public airing on April 29, 2011.