The Royal Wedding, Christmas No.1, and How To Get to Carnegie Hall - Paul Mealor


Paul Mealor has been described in the New York Times as, ‘the most important person to emerge in Welsh music since William Mathias’. He rose to global attention when his motet Ubi Caritas et Amor was performed at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.

That same year he became the first classical composer to hold both the classical and pop chart No 1’s at the same time while his single, ‘Wherever You Are’, a piece for The Military Wives Choir, reached UK Christmas No 1. Born in St Asaph, North Wales, Paul now splits his time between Anglesey and Aberdeen where he is Professor of Composition.

Richard and Gideon caught up with Paul ahead of his US premier of Requiem at Carnegie Hall as part of the DCINY commemoration of The Great War.

During the episode, the boys discuss Paul’s overnight fame, his pledge to defend the city of Aberdeen, and what it‘s like being the Warren Gatland of classical music.


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