The Choral Week Leaders


Malcolm Archer



Malcolm Archer, organist, conductor and composer, is renowned as one of the foremost church musicians of his generation. From 2004 to 2007 he was Organist and Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and, prior to that, he was organist and Master of Choristers at Wells Cathedral for eight years as well as being the musical director of Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society.  He is now Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College.
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David Bednall


Dr David Bednall is a busy composer and organist, combining an extensive freelance career with the positions of organist at Bristol University and Sub Organist at Bristol Cathedral. He studied with Dr. Naji Hakim and David Briggs, both of them pupils of Jean Langlais, and between 2002 and 2007 was at Wells Cathedral, initially as Sub Organist and then as Assistant Organist to Malcolm Archer.

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Hilary Jones


Having studied singing, piano and harp at Chethams School of Music, Manchester, Hilary continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Noelle Barker.

Hilary has taught the choral scholars and students of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and young singers in the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music. She is the only female who specialises in vocal training with many cathedral and other choirs in England including Westminster, Wells, Bristol, Winchester, Salisbury, Winchester College, Ely, Lincoln, Tewkesbury Abbey, Jesus College Cambridge, York Minster, St. Mary’s Warwick, Guildford and St George’s Chapel Windsor.


Brenda Dean


Brenda Dean is a retired teacher who has sung in choirs all her life. A trained singer, she has set up choirs and directed choral and stage productions in the UK and the Middle East. She was a consultant with the Learning and Skills Network in London, organising Citizenship training events throughout England, and she is chairman of the Wingrave Singers in Buckinghamshire (

Brenda is President of the Association ‘Les Amis de Jean Langlais’ ( in la Fontenelle and, with the help of her French committee, she has organised over 100 concerts in Brittany during the Langlais International Festivals of 2005 to 2016, including nine very successful choral courses.  She was made an Honorary Citizen of La Fontenelle in July, 2015.