Andrew Brough and Christopher Smith were in the same class as Coten End Primary School in Warwick for the whole of their time there. They joined the choir of St. Mary's Church on the same day in October 1963 when they were both seven years old after the choir-master visited the school to recruit boys. Andrew had a brother in the choir and says that when he first heard them he was 'bored and did not understand' but soon changed his mind. He was early noticed as a good singer.
Soon after Christopher joined, his father Geoffrey Smith followed him as a bass, and the two of them can be heard singing the parts of page and monarch in the choir record of Popular Carols (Abbey XMS 666).
Christopher, quiet and retiring with an elusive smile, attended Warwick School. He had the initiative when on holiday in Suffolk to write to Benjamin Britten with the result that he had tea with the composer and sang songs to him which are included in this record. Sleeve Notes
Christopher left the choir in 1981 having sung first alto and then bass as his voice broke. Since 1985, he has worked for the United Nations in New York and Geneva.
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Harry Mudd, executive producer of Abbey Records and the associated Alpha Label, made an enourmous impact with his standalone recordings of choirs and boy soprano soloists in particular. This recording includes highlights from some of these soloists on CD for the first time.