Paul Mealor: composers can do "anything they want"

7 September 2012, 11:16 | Updated: 7 September 2012, 17:27

The Classic BRIT-nominated composer says composers are no longer pigeonholed by the music industry

Paul Mealor has praised the current musical climate that, he says, makes composers able to write music in any style and still be taken seriously. Speaking at the Classic BRIT Awards nominations ceremony last night, he said that composers are no longer pigeonholed.

"When I was growing up you either did one thing or the other," he commented. "You can write sacred choral music and a pop song… you can do whatever you want to do and be proud of it."

Mealor attended the London ceremony last night and picked up a nomination for Best Composer, pitting him against Ennio Morricone and John Williams. He also received a joint nomination in the Single Of The Year category alongside Gareth Malone and the Military Wives for 'Wherever You Are'.

When asked how he was going to follow composing music for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and then having a Christmas number one with 'Wherever You Are', the composer declined to comment on future projects.