Andrew Swait was just ten years old when he recorded 'Light of the World' in October 2005 as an Abbey School Chorister. His prodigious talent was spotted at the age of only five, and steeped in the musical whirlwind of a chorister's life, his remarkable musicianship has flourished. In addition to the demands of full choristership in The Abbey School Choir where daily Evensong, numerous concerts and international tours were all a way of life, Andrew was also a member of Tewkesbury Abbey Parish Choir.
In addition to many hours of singing both at the Abbey and elsewhere, Andrew also plays the piano and cello, still finding time to go to concerts and follow the careers of his idols - Kirkby, Padmore, Terfel, Scholl and Isserlis - with a bit of live jazz thrown in too. Andrew's passions do not stop at music. He took extra-curricular Mandarin lessons which he started aged six (he has even sung in Chinese), and he still devotes many-an-hour to his modelling of WWI/II Aircraft and reading of all things to do with flight, with just as much dedication and enthusiasm as he affords his musical and academic life.
Upon the closure of the Abbey School in September 2006 Andrew was given a choral scholarship to Cheltenham College where he continues his work as a chorister. In the last days of the Abbey School Andrew recorded the choir's final performance on the CD "Choral Evensong from Tewkesbury Abbey" released in October 2006. In July he also gratefully accepted a chance to record on the King's Singers CD released in November 2006 Landscape & Time with Signum Records.
Andrew entered the Chorister of the Year 2006 competition with a view to recording again and was a selected as a finalist. His performance of My Soul is Love Untold, accompanied by organist Robert Quinney, and Bob Chilcott's Midwinter were broadcast from Westminster Abbey on BBC Radio 2 on November 5th, 2006.
Andrew has also sung on the following recordings with the Abbey School Choir:
Heaven Sent (Regent Records REGCD 177)
Pater Noster: Setting of the Lord's Prayer (Priory PRCD 787)
A Cotswold Christmas (Regent REGCD219)
British Church Composer Series 3: John Stainer (Priory PRCD 833)
Choral Evensong from Tewkesbury Abbey (Delphian DCD34713)
Andrew is part of The Choirboys [ 2007 ] with William Dutton and Bill Goss.
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BBC Gloucestershire Christmas Day Broadcast On December 5th Andrew Swait opened the concert of words and music, which was broadcast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day morning. He sang the traditional unaccompanied first verse of Once in Royal David's City to a packed congregation in Gloucester Cathedral of well over a thousand people. Andrew was asked by the Choirmaster of the Oriel Singers, Tim Morris, to join them and open the concert. BBC sound link takes you to the opening of the concert.
King's Singers mp3 downloads at eClassical Landscape and Time reviewed by BBC Music Magazine: “outstanding”;
Landscape and Time reviewed by International Record Review: “The King's Singers (here with the collaborating outstanding treble Andrew Swait) are on absolutely stunning form throughout).”
The Abbey School Choir, TewkesburyAndrew SwaitTom HewlettThomas Ooi Now and again a choir director finds he has an exceptional voice at his disposal, and so it is here that we can feature the outstandingly colourful tone quality and musicianship of treble Andrew Swait, only ten years old as we record. His voice was the original inspiration for this disc.
Solo arias are interspersed with full choir numbers, some featuring treble solos and duets. We are glad to couple works by Schubert and Rachmaninoff with our own English masters of church music, Sir Hubert Parry and John Rutter and to feature Morten Lauridsen’s setting of Ubi caritas, combining a lushness of texture with age-old plainsong.
Andrew Swait, Treble [1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,11,12,15,17,21],
Thomas Ooi, treble , Tom Hewlett, treble 
Andrew Swait Recorded April 2008 in Cheltenham College
Chapel with Regency Voices and Robin Baggs, organist. Not commercially available. May be purchased with cheque for Ł12 from: Deborah Griggs, Honeysuckle Cottage, School Lane
Shipton Oliffe, Gloucestershire GL54 4JB.
The Abbey School Choir, TewkesburyAndrew Swait Complete Evensong Service. Choral selections: Tallis: Sancte Deus; Gabriel Jackson: Tewkesbury Service; Vaughan Williams: Valiant for Truth; Howells Collegium Regale Te Deum.
Andrew Swait Broadcast 18 Dec 2005. The children's documentary A Different Life tells the story of 10-year-old Andrew Swait, the exceptionally gifted chorister from Tewkesbury. The documentary shows what daily life is like for someone who lives and breathes music - from the early morning choir practice to singing evensong in his cassock, and all the music practice and school work that goes on in between. Cameras follow Andrew as he heads to Cumbria for a week-long choristers' camp. An accomplished pianist and cellist as well as a singer, Andrew's musical commitments also take up much of his free time at home. Since the programme was recorded, Andrew has gone on to record his own album.
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