By Royal Appointment: Welsh Composer's Album Is Dedicated To Royal Couple On Anniversary Of Engagement Announcement
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
A young Welsh composer has dedicated his album to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a year to the day after the royal couple announced their engagement and six months on from him playing a life-changing role in the Royal Wedding. Paul Mealor, 35, was relatively unknown until April 29th when his choral work ‘Ubi Caritas’ was performed during the Westminster Abbey ceremony to a global audience of 2.5 billion people.
As a result of his momentous Royal Wedding opportunity, Mealor, who still lives on Anglesey in a house with no electricity, received 17,000 congratulatory emails from members of the public, signed a recording deal with major record label Decca and has also signed with the same management company as Welsh opera star Bryn Terfel.
St. James’ Palace informed Mealor that their Royal Highnesses were ‘incredibly touched’ by the dedication to his first major album of choral works, ‘A Tender Light’. The album includes the wedding anthem ‘Ubi Caritas’, which had been personally selected for the ceremony by the Duchess of Cambridge after she fortuitously heard a version of the work performed at a chapel in St. Andrews.
‘A Tender Light’, which includes the now famed wedding anthem ‘Ubi Caritas’ and is Mealor’s debut on the Decca label, includes the inscription: The Album, ‘A Tender Light’, is dedicated to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Paul Mealor said today of the dedication: “This dedication was the very least I could do to show my gratitude to the Royal couple for their interest in my music. To hear back from them among the thousands of requests they must receive every day is both touching and humbling. The Royal Wedding was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be heard by 2.5 billion people. What a difference a year makes!”