Malcolm Archer has had a distinguished career in church music. He held the post of Organist and Director of Music at Bristol, Wells and St Paul’s Cathedral. He was subsequently Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College for eleven years.
Malcolm studied as an RCO scholar at the Royal College of Music and was Organ Scholar at Jesus College Cambridge. His organ teachers were Ralph Downes, Gillian Weir and Nicolas Kynaston.
As an organist and harpsichordist he is in frequent demand. He has given solo concerts all over the world, including the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Europe. His performances with orchestra have included Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 and the Bach keyboard concertos. Malcolm has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra in a classic rock concert in the Royal Albert Hall. Moreover, he has an extensive concert repertoire and has recorded a wide variety of works including J.S. Bach organ works and Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneuras.
Malcolm Archer – broadcast work
Over the years, his BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and commercial recordings have won many plaudits. For instance, his Christmas recording with St Paul’s Cathedral Choir was editor’s choice in The Daily Telegraph. He has recorded with labels such as Warner Classics, Hyperion and Convivium. BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM frequently play his recordings, including his album of Mozart’s Requiem with Winchester College Chapel Choir and the London Mozart Players. He has worked with some of the world’s finest singers including Dame Emma Kirkby, James Bowman CBE, Sarah Fox and John Mark Ainsley.
Malcolm has worked extensively for the BBC, including directing choirs for TV and Radio broadcasts. Similarly, he has been an adjudicator for BBC competitions including the Young Choristers of the Year. In addition, he was a co-adjudicator with Katherine Jenkins and Pete Waterman on the Songs of Praise School Choirs’ competition. He has also been a judge for the liturgical section of the British Composer Awards.
Malcolm Archer’s choral works are performed in many countries. They are respected for their approachable singability, interesting harmonic character and understanding of the singing voice.