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Paul Mealor

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Paul Mealor


Paul Mealor OStJ FRSA (b. 25 November 1975, St Asaph, Denbighshire, North Wales) is a Welsh composer.

Mealor studied composition privately with William Mathias and John Pickard and then read music at the University of York (1994–2002). He studied composition at York with Nicola LeFanu, and in Copenhagen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Hans Abrahamsen (1998–99).

A large proportion of his output is for chorus, both a cappella and accompanied. He came to wider notice when his motet Ubi Caritas et Amor was performed at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011. He later composed the song Wherever You Are, which became the 2011 Christmas number one in the UK Singles Chart.

In 2013 Mealor composed the song With a friend like you for the final of the second season of the BBC 2 series The Choir: Sing while you work. All three choirs of the final presented the song at Ely Cathedral.

Since 2003, he has been teaching at the University of Aberdeen, where he is currently Professor of Composition, and has held visiting professorships in composition at institutions in Scandinavia and the United States. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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