Malcolm Archer is Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College, where he trains and conducts the Quiristers and Chapel Choir and teaches organ and composition in the College. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in cathedral music, which has taken him to posts at Norwich, Bristol, Wells Cathedrals and then Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. During his time there he directed the choir for several State services, including the Tsunami Memorial Service, the London Bombings Service and the 80th Birthday Service for HM The Queen, for which he was invited by Buckingham Palace to compose a special anthem, performed live on BBC.1. His many broadcasts and recordings from Wells and St. Paul’s have received critical acclaim, and his CD of Christmas music from St. Paul’s was voted Editor’s number one choice in The Daily Telegraph.
Archer is much in demand as a choir trainer and choral and orchestral conductor, and he has directed concerts, workshops and courses in various parts of the globe, as well as working with several leading orchestras, including the City of London Sinfonia, The London Mozart Players and the BBC Concert Orchestra. He is also the Musical Director of the Jean Langlais Festival in France. As an organ recitalist he has played in nine European countries, the USA and Canada, and his CDs include repertoire as diverse as J.S. Bach and Olivier Messiaen, as well as his own music.
As a composer, Archer receives regular commissions from both sides of the Atlantic, and he has many published works, with Oxford University Press, Novello, RSCM and Kevin Mayhew Ltd. Recently he has composed works for the Southern Cathedrals Festival, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Festival of the Sons of the Clergy. He has also jointly edited two books for Oxford University Press: Advent for Choirs and Epiphany to All Saints for Choirs. Malcolm has served as council member of the Royal College of Organists, Salisbury Cathedral, and the Guild of Church Musicians. In 2009, he was awarded theFellow of the Royal School of Church Music for his work in three cathedrals, and in composing church music. More available at malcolmarcher.com