Music at GMC

2009 Malcolm Archer Recital

Concert: Malcolm Archer Organ Recital
Date: Friday 30th January, 2009
Organist: Malcolm Archer
CD available: Yes - please contact Music at GMC here


  1. Sonata No.3 in A - Felix Mendelssohn
    Con moto maestoso
    Andante tranquillo
  2. Voluntary in D minor - John Stanley
  3. Adagio in E - Frank Bridge
  4. Prelude & Fugue in B minor - JS Bach
  5. Variations on an English Air - Malcolm Archer
  6. Choral No.3 in A minor - César Franck
  7. Lied, Scherzetto, Arabesque - Louis Vierne
  8. Toccata - Dubois

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. Paulís 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. Paulís have received critical acclaim, and his CD of Christmas music from St. Paulís was voted Editorís number one choice in The Daily Telegraph.

Malcolm 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. As an organ recitalist he has played in nine European countries, the USA and Canada, and his CDís include repertoire as diverse as J.S. Bach and Olivier Messiaen, as well as his own music.

As a composer, Malcolm receives regular commissions from both sides of the Atlantic, and he has many published works. Recently he has composed works for the Southern Cathedrals Festival, St. Paulís 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.

He has been an adjudicator for the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the year competition, and for four years was a judge for the BBC Songs of Praise School Choirs competition, including chairing the judging panel for two of those competitions. He is also a frequent contributor to that programme as both interviewee and musical arranger.

Malcolm has served as council member of the Royal College of Organists, and he is a member of the council of Salisbury Cathedral, and of the Guild of Church Musicians, from whom he was recently awarded the Fellowship for his services to church music over many years. In May 2009, he will also be awarded the FRSCM, for his work in three cathedrals, and for his contribution to church music as a composer.

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