The Welsh composer Paul Mealor, who wrote the hit motet Ubi Caritas et Amor for the 2011 Royal Wedding, is stepping back from his professional engagements to deal with mental health problems.
He has sharply reduced his duties at the University of Aberdeen, following concerns expressed by some students.
Mealor, 43, told the local newspaper:
“I have been very fortunate to enjoy the types of opportunities for my work that do not come the way of a composer and conductor very often.
“As a result, I have found myself saying ‘yes’ to more and more requests, which I was immensely flattered to receive and which were simply too good to turn down.
“At the same time, I have a full-time teaching schedule at the university and, although I am passionate about both roles, I have been trying to keep afloat a hectic and unrealistic schedule.
“This has taken a toll on my mental wellbeing and on the choir I lead. In the last few months, I’ve not managed that in the way that I would wish.”
He added: “I am grateful to both my colleagues and students who have raised concerns about my wellbeing.
“Taking a leave of absence from the university for several weeks has allowed me to reflect upon the pressures I have faced and the ways in which I have been dealing with them.
“Regrettably, alcohol had become more of a crutch to me than it should and this had been adversely affecting my life and my work.”