Malachy studied music at the University of Cambridge, where he held a Caius Fund choral scholarship at Gonville and Caius College. He began singing aged 7 as a chorister at St Peter’s Cathedral in his hometown of Belfast, and is currently studying with Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
As a conductor, Malachy has studied with Gerry Cornelius and with George Hurst at the Sherborne School of Music. He founded his own chamber choir ‘The Victoria Consort’ in 2011, and subsequently set up a concurrent chamber orchestra. The choir has performed in various locations throughout England and Ireland, most recently in the Jesus College Music Society recital series in Cambridge, and in St Gabriel’s Church in Pimlico.
Also an accomplished trumpet player, Malachy previously held the position of principal trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and has made a number of concerto and recital appearances throughout the UK, Europe, and in the United States.
What was the first piece you conducted? Britten’s ‘Hymn to the Virgin’ in a school chapel choir rehearsal.
What is your favourite piece of music? It varies from week to week, but I always come back to Mozart’s operas – in particular The Marriage of Figaro.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? When I was growing up I was absolutely obsessed with Miles Davis.
Where did you grow up? Belfast, Northern Ireland.
What single item could you not live without? As a fully-fledged coffee addict, the espresso machine in my kitchen would have to be high on the list!