Malcolm Archer (b1952) is much in demand as a conductor and composer. He was educated in Lytham before studying at the Royal College of Music and Jesus College, Cambridge. He held posts at Bristol and Norwich Cathedrals before being appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral in 1996. In 2004 he became Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral before moving to Winchester College in 2007 where he is Director of Chapel Music and Organist. His setting of the Benedicite was written for the 2004 Southern Cathedrals Festival. A gently undulating opening leads to an energetic middle section which uses an ostinato figure in the pedal part of the organ before a return to the opening material and a gentle end.
from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2014