Malcolm Archer

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Malcolm Archer (born 1952) is an English organist, conductor and composer. He combines this work with a recital career. Archer was formerly Organist and Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral [1] and Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College.

Early career and education[edit]

Malcolm Archer was educated at King Edward VII School, Lytham before studying at the Royal College of Music (as an RCO scholar). He was later organ scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge. His organ teachers include Ralph Downes, Gillian Weir, and Nicolas Kynaston and he studied composition with Herbert Sumsion and Alan Ridout.[1]


Malcolm Archer's first posts were at Norwich Cathedral and Bristol Cathedral.

Wells Cathedral[edit]

Archer was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral in 1996 where he directed and trained the Cathedral choir for its daily services in the Cathedral, as well as being the Musical Director for Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society. In April, 2000 he and choir members participated in a North American Tour which included concerts in Ottawa, Ontario; Albany, New York; Richmond, Virginia; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; Lancaster, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; St. Paul, Minnesota; Chattanooga, Tennessee and Augusta, Georgia. He has made several recordings with the choir to critical acclaim.

St Paul's Cathedral[edit]

Malcolm Archer took over as organist and Director of Music at St Paul's from John Scott in 2004. He directed the choir for several important state services, including the service to celebrate the 80th birthday of HM the Queen, for which he composed a special anthem.

Winchester College[edit]

In August 2007 he took up a position as Director of Chapel Music and Organist at Winchester College, where he was in charge of the Winchester College Chapel Choir and Quiristers as well as teaching composition and the organ. Important recordings with the choir include Stanford's choral music, Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, and Mozart's Requiem, accompanied by the London Mozart Players. Malcolm Archer retired from Winchester College in 2018 at the age of 66.[2]


In December of 2018, it was reported that Archer was to be charged with one count of Indecent Assault and one count of Gross Indecency against a boy in the 1970s.[3]

Archer denied the charges at Chelmsford Crown Court in January 2019. He will stand trial in July 2019.[4]


Archer has over 200 published compositions.[1] Important works include ‘Requiem’, ‘Vespers’ and a one act opera called ‘George and the Dragon’.


  1. ^ a b c Matthews, Anya. "St. Pauls Cathedral - New Organist and Director of Music". Archived from the original on 28 September 2008. Retrieved 2007-04-18.
  2. ^ "News. The Organ magazine". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  3. ^ "Church musician to face sex charges". 2018-12-05. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  4. ^ "Ex-music chief Malcolm Archer denies historic sex offences". Basingstoke Gazette. Retrieved 2019-02-19.

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Preceded by
John Scott
Organist and Director of Music, St Paul's Cathedral
Succeeded by
Andrew Carwood