Written by the world-renowned composer Paul Mealor, The Farthest Shore was originally debuted in London in May of 2013 by the BBC Singers. Paul Mealor has been described as 'the most important composer to have emerged in Welsh choral music since William Mathias' (New York Times, 2001) and his music is 'marked by something outside of himself that is beautifully spatial and evocative of landscape... it illuminates both our past and our future' (The Guardian, 2011). Since January 2003, Mealor has taught in the Music Department at the University of Aberdeen where he is Professor of Composition, but he was catapulted to international stardom in April 2011, when 2.5 billion people (the largest audience in broadcasting history) heard his Motet, Ubi caritas performed by the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, conducted by James O'Donnell at the Royal Wedding Ceremony of His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine Middleton (now The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge) at Westminster Abbey. It has since topped the Classical singles charts in the USA, UK, Australia, France and New Zealand. In July 2011, Mealor signed to Decca Records and by November of that year, his first album through his new record label, A Tender Light reached the top of the UK Classical Charts where it stayed for six weeks. He broke records that year by being the first classical composer to hold both the classical and pop chart number-one spots at the same time, with his piece for The Military Wives Choir and Gareth Malone, Wherever You Are, which entered the UK Pop Singles Chart at number one and also was nominated for Best British Single in the 2012 BRIT Awards.
Bless, O Lord, us Thy servants,
who minister in Thy temple.
Grant that what we sing with our lips,
we may believe in our hearts
and what we believe in our hearts,
we will show in our lives.