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Patron: Paul Mealor

October 22nd, 2008

Paul Mealor, BA PhD FRSA, was described in the New York Times as, ‘one of the most important composers to have emerged in Welsh Music since William Mathias… a real and original talent’ Paul Mealor has established a reputation as one of the leading of the younger generation of Welsh composers.

Born in St Asaph, North Wales in 1975, Mealor studied composition privately, from an early age with John Pickard, Robert Saxton, at the University of York with Nicola LeFanu, in Copenhagen with Hans Abrahamsen and Per Nørgård and in Stockholm with Magnus Lindberg. He is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Aberdeen where he has taught since 2003.

His compositions are performed around the world including major commissions from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Britten Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia, Jeremy Huw Williams, Mika Takehara, Ian Pace and the Gemini Ensemble. His works are regularly broadcast on international radio, including Swedish Radio, New Zealand Radio, Danish Radio, Japanese TV and Radio, Australian Radio, S4C (Welsh TV), and the BBC (Radio Two, Three & Four).

In 1997 Mealor established the Northop Festival of Music, which has gone on to become one of the most successful events in the North Wales Calendar and in 2005 created, in association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the University of Aberdeen Music Prize for Composition. In October 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2005 he was appointed Visiting Professor in Composition at New York University. His music is published by UYMP Ltd.

Mealor has worked with Con Anima since 2005 and was appointed Principal Conductor early in 2008. In 2012, he became President of the choir, before taking up his current role as patron.