Malcolm Archer

Malcolm ArcherMalcolm Archer, organist, conductor and composer, is renowned as one of the foremost church musicians of his generation. From 2004 to 2007 he was Organist and Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and, prior to that, he was organist and Master of Choristers at Wells Cathedral for eight years as well as being the musical director of Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society.

Born in 1952, Malcolm was educated at King Edward VII School, Lytham before studying at the Royal College of Music (where he was an RCO scholar) and Jesus College Cambridge where he was organ scholar. He studied organ with Ralph Downes, Gillian Weir and Nicolas Kynaston, and composition with Herbert Sumsion and Alan Ridout. Malcolm is a prolific composer with well over 200 published works, many of which have been broadcast on BBC radio and TV. He is currently in charge of the chapel music at Winchester College, and he combines this work with an extensive recital and composing career. Malcolm is also an examiner and council member of the Royal College of Organists and an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Malcolm has given organ concerts in many European countries, Canada and the USA, where he is in demand as a director of choral workshops and courses. He has played at most principal venues in the UK and has recorded extensively on the Hyperion, Cantoris and Lammas labels. Malcolm directed the Summer Choral Course at the Langlais Festival in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

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