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  Ernest Lough   [Ernest Arthur Lough ("Fluff")]    (b. 17 November 1911) Boy Soprano Soloist 
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Ernest Lough As the most famous of all boy trebles, Ernest Lough's most famous recording, "O for the Wings of a Dove" was first issued in June 1927. It has remained available ever since, becoming EMI's first classical single million seller in 1962.

After its release, such was Lough's fame that the Temple Church had to issue tickets for services in which he was singing. Forty years later, he was still receiving gifts of sweets and comics from fans who were unaware of the age of the recording.

Ernest returned to the rebuilt Temple Church as a bass baritone. His son Peter was a treble at the Chapel Royal. His other two sons Graham and Robin joined their father at the Temple Church.

Although his birthday is often given as 11 November Ernest Lough was actually born in east London on 17 November 1911, where he started singing as a chorister at St Peter's, Forest Gate, until joining the Temple Church Choir in 1924. He became Head Boy in January 1927 and continued to sing treble until 1929. He died in February 2000.

Lough's records were issued by HMV on the premium-priced "Plum Label" series: 12-inch at 4s. 6d. & 10-inch at 3s.

Note on 78 rpm listings.
Some details are taken from two discographies:
- M. Smith & F. Andrews "HMV Plum Label 'C' Series (12-inch)" (1974)
- F. Andrews & E. Bayly "A Numerical Listing of the H.M.V. 'B' Series of 78 rpm Records" (2000)
The Naxos recital CD appears to have reliable dates & matrices with only a couple of different take numbers to these discographies. However, there are many discrepancies with the track listings on Pavilion's CD "Master Ernest Lough" Pearl GEM 0145 (2002), and even more if one consults the CD booklet essay. It is possible that in other cases than the known one of C.1329 (Hear My Prayer), more than one successful "take" has been issued under the same catalogue no.
A few individual 78 rpm sides also have been reissued on Amphion CDs.
Related Sites
BCSD: Graham Lough
Graham is Ernest's son
BCSD: Robin Lough
Robin is Ernest Lough's son.
NPR Interview with Robin Lough
Article in International Classical Music Collector
The Better Land

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Featured Recordings Compact | Full
Ernest Lough - Wings of Dove
Wings of Dove (Naxos Nostalgia 8120832, CD) October 2005
Featuring Ernest Lough  
  1.   Hear My Prayer   7' 58 (5/4/27)
  2.   O Filii Et Filae   2' 52 (5/4/27)
  3.   Lift Up Your Hearts - King Of Glory   2' 30 (5/4/27)
  4.   I Waited For The Lord   4' 12 (14/7/27)
  5.   O Come Everyone That Thirsteth   4' 12 (14/7/27)
  6.   Hear Ye, Israel   5' 31 (26/9/27)
  7.   I Know That My Redeemer Liveth   6' 19 (22/12/27)
  8.   Hark! Hark! The Lark   2' 42 (30/11/27)
  9.   Who Is Sylvia?   3' 06 (30/11/27)
10.   Hear My Prayer   7' 42 (30/3/28)
11.   Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes   2' 05 (16/6/28)
12.   Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - Bless You Bonnie Bee   2'04 (16/6/28)
13.   Coronach   3' 29 (24/7/28)
14.   Come Away Death   1' 58 (24/7/28)
15.   Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring (Bach arr. Allen)   2' 37 (20/12/33) Choral with piano & oboe
16.   Abide With Me (Monk)   3' 25 (11/1/38) with Lough as baritone accomp. by choir, orchestra & organ.
Available at   HMV UK
Ernest Lough - Master Ernest Lough - Hear My Prayer
Master Ernest Lough - Hear My Prayer (Pearl GEM 0145, CD) May 2002
Featuring Ernest Lough   Temple Church Choir  
See the original 78 rpm listings elsewhere on this page for full details of the tracks.
  1.   Hear my prayer (oh for the wings of a dove) (L)  
  2.   Hear ye Israel  
  3.   Oh come everyone that thirsteth  
  4.   I waited for the Lord  
  5.   I will sing of thy great mercies  
  6.   I know that my Redeemer liveth  
  7.   O filii et filiae  
  8.   King of glory  
  9.   Praise the Lord O my soul  
10.   Who is Sylvia  
11.   Hark hark the lark  
12.   Coronach  
13.   Come away death  
14.   Drink to me only with thine eyes  
15.   Two nursery rhymes  
16.   Hear ye Israel  
17.   Hear my prayer (oh for the wings of a dove)  
18.   Oh for the wings of a dove  
Available at   Amazon.uk
Available at   Crotchet Classics UK
Ernest Lough - Oh For the Wings of a Dove - and all the complete 1927/8 recordings
Oh For the Wings of a Dove - and all the complete 1927/8 recordings (Pearl GEMM CD 9211, CD) 1992
Featuring Ernest Lough   Temple Church Choir  
Superseded by CD GEM 0145 (which has additional tracks).
  1.   Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer... O for the wings of a dove (L)  
  2.   Mendelssohn: Eliah: Hear ye, Israel  
  3.   Mendelssohn: O come everyone  
  4.   Mendelssohn: I waited for the Lord  
  5.   Handel: Messiah: I know that my redeemer liveth  
  6.   Schubert: Who is Sylvia?  
  7.   Schubert: Hark! Hark! The Lark  
  8.   Brahms: Come away death  
  9.   Schubert: Coronach  
10.   Trad: Drink to me only with thine eyes  
11.   Two nursery rhymes  
Ernest Lough - Oh For the Wings of a Dove
Oh For the Wings of a Dove (Pearl GEMM 211, LP) 1980
Featuring Ernest Lough   Temple Church Choir   Master Douglas Horton   Ronald Mallett  
Superseded by CD issue: GEMM 9211 (q.v.)
  1.   Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer... O for the wings of a dove (L)  
  2.   Mendelssohn: Eliah: Hear ye, Israel  
  3.   Mendelssohn: O come everyone  
  4.   Mendelssohn: I waited for the Lord  
  5.   Handel: Messiah: I know that my redeemer liveth  
  6.   Schubert: Who is Sylvia?  
  7.   Schubert: Hark! Hark! The Lark  
  8.   Brahms: Come away death  
  9.   Schubert: Coronach  
10.   Trad: Drink to me only with thine eyes  
11.   Two nursery rhymes  
Ernest Lough - The Ernest Lough Album
The Ernest Lough Album (His Master's Voice CLP 1675, LP) 1963
Featuring Ernest Lough   Robin Lough   Ronald Mallett  
with the Choir of The Temple Church Organist and Director of Choir Dr George Thalben-Ball
  1.   Hear My Prayer/O For The Wings Of A Dove (L)   Soloist Ernest Lough (Treble)
  2.   I Waited For The Lord (Mendelssohn)   Soloists Ernest Lough and Ronald Mallett (Trebles)
  3.   O Come Everyone That Thirsteth (Mendelssohn)  
  4.   Hear Ye, Israel (Mendelssohn)   Soloist Ernest Lough (Treble)
  5.   I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (Handel)   Soloist Ernest Lough (Treble)
  6.   I Will Sing Of Thy Great Mercies (Mendelssohn) (L)   Soloist Ernest Lough (Treble)
  7.   Hark! Hark! The Lark (Schubert)  
  8.   Who Is Sylvia? (Schubert)   Soloist Ernest Lough (Treble)
  9.   Abide With Me (Monk)   Soloist Ernest Lough (Baritone)
10.   For The Beauty Of The Earth (Evans)   Soloists Ernest Lough (Baritone) and Robin Lough (Treble)
Ernest Lough - The Holy City / Abide With Me
The Holy City / Abide With Me (HMV B.8712 (10-inch) , 78 RPM) 1938
Featuring Ernest Lough  
Ernest Lough (baritone), with orchestra, organ and chorus.
  Side A -   The Holy City (matrix OEA1123)  
  Side B -   Abide With Me (matrix OEA1125)  
Ernest Lough - Schubert: Coronach / Brahms: Come away, death
Schubert: Coronach / Brahms: Come away, death (HMV B.2836 (10-inch), 78 RPM) December 1928
Featuring Ernest Lough  
A: Coronach (incipit: He is gone on the mountain.) (wds Walter Scott (1771-1832), funeral song from "The Lady of the Lake: a poem in six cantos", 1810, Canto III, xvi - music F.P. Schubert (1797-1828), 1825, op. 52/4, D.836). (matrix Bb14218-II) (3' 30)
B: Come away, death (wds Shakespeare "Twelfth Night" II.iv.51 - music Brahms (1833-97): Vier Gesänge, op. 17/2, publ. 1862) (Bb14219-IV) (1' 55)
Both rec. 24 July 1928 with Ronald Mallett & Douglas Horton accomp. by G.T. Thalben-Ball, piano.
Both items now on CD Pearl GEM 0145, tks 12 & 13 resp.

Shortly after these recordings were made The Sound Wave (London, Sept. 1928, p.532) reported under the heading "Gramophone Gossip": "It will be sorrowful news to many thousands of gramophonists that the voice of Ernest Lough, the famous choir-boy of Temple Church, is at last really 'breaking,' and by the time these lines are printed the catastrophe may be complete. As Ernest is now about seventeen, the surprising thing is that he has retained his lovely treble voice so long, as this inevitable 'act of nature' usually takes place about the age of fifteen."
  Side A -   Coronach (Schubert)  
  Side B -   Come away, death (Brahms)  
no cover
S.S. Wesley: Blessed be the God and Father (HMV C.1541 (12-inch), 78 RPM) October 1928
Featuring Ernest Lough  
Blessed be the God and Father (Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-76) anthem, 1833-35: wds Bible I Peter 1: vv. 3-5, 15-17, 22-25)
"This Anthem was composed by request for the Service on Easter Day at Hereford Cathedral, on which occasion only Trebles and a single Bass voice were available." (Footnote to Robert Culley's edition of the score, London, 1910)
Rec. on two sides 21 Feb. 1928 (matrices CR1835-IIA, 1836-III) with Choir of the Temple Church & G.T. Thalben-Ball, organ (7' 28)
The soprano soloist may be Douglas Horton and not Ernest Lough. Both are named on the Amphion issue, but the score has only a single soprano soloist.
Now issued on CD Amphion "Glory of the Temple Church Choir" vol. 2 (tk 12).
  Side A -   Blessed be the God and Father (Part 1) (S.S. Wesley)  
  Side B -   Blessed be the God and Father (Part 2) (S.S. Wesley)  
no cover
Trad.: Drink to me only with thine eyes / Walford Davies (arr.): Two Nursery Rhymes (HMV B.2770 (10-inch), 78 RPM) September 1928
Featuring Ernest Lough   Ronald Mallett  
A: Drink to me only with thine eyes (wds Ben(jamin) Jonson (1572-1637) in poem "To Celia" [in "The Forest" ix, 1616] - music trad., tune by c. 1762, often rather doubtfully attrib. to Colonel R. Mellish (1777-1817); arr. Thalben-Ball) (matrix Bb12890-V)
B: Two Nursery Rhymes: "Matthew, Mark, Luke and John" [verse found Devonshire, 17th cent. and also elsewhere with many variants; sometimes known as the "White Paternoster" and possibly referred to in Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale" line 3485 (c.1387)] & "Bless you, bonnie Bee" arr. by Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941) (Bb12891-V) (2' 06)
Both rec. 16 June 1928 with Ronald Mallett (alto), Alfred Capel Dixon (tenor), Frank Hastwell (bass) & G.T. Thalben-Ball, piano.
The two nursery rhymes are on CD Pearl GEM 0145 (tk 15), which also incl. the first song in an unissued "take" of 23 March 1928 (Bb12890-III) (tk 14) (2' 10)
  Side A -   Drink to me only with thine eyes (Trad.)  
  Side B -   Two Nursey Rhymes (Trad. arr. Walford Davies)  
Ernest Lough - Schubert: Hark! Hark! The Lark / Who is Sylvia?
Schubert: Hark! Hark! The Lark / Who is Sylvia? (HMV B.2681 (10-inch), 78 RPM) May 1928
Featuring Ernest Lough  
Two Lieder by Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) sung in English.
A: Hark! Hark! The Lark (serenade "Horch, horch, die Lerch", 1826, D.889: wds [verse 1] Shakespeare "Cymbeline" II.iii.22; verse 2 in German by Friedrich Reil, here transl. ?) (matrix Bb12074-II) (2' 45)
B: Who is Sylvia? (song "An Sylvia", 1826, op. 106/4, D.891, wds after Shakespeare "Two Gentlemen of Verona" IV.ii.40) (Bb12075-IIA) (3' 13)
Both rec. 30 Nov. 1927 with G.T. Thalben-Ball, piano.
Both now on CD Pearl GEM 0145 tks 11 & 10 resp.
  Side A -   Hark! Hark! The Lark! (Schubert)  
  Side B -   Who is Sylvia? (Schubert)  
no cover
S.S. Wesley: Praise the Lord, O my soul (HMV C.1436 (12-inch), 78 RPM) April 1928
Featuring Ernest Lough  
Praise the Lord, O my soul . . . Lead me, Lord (Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-76): anthem 1861, wds after Psalms 3, 5 & 103 - here abridged)
Rec. on two sides 14 July 1927 (matrix CR1119-IA) & 3 Oct. 1927 (CR1120-II or -III) with Ronald Mallett (alto), Alfred Capel Dixon (tenor), Frank Hastwell (bass), Choir of the Temple Church & G.T. Thalben-Ball, organ. (9' 23)
It is possible that the soprano is actually Douglas Horton and not Ernest Lough.
This anthem is available complete (i.e. as recorded) on CD Pearl GEM 0145.
  Side A -   Praise the Lord, O my soul (Part 1) (S.S. Wesley)  
  Side B -   Praise the Lord, O my soul (Part 2) (S.S. Wesley)  
Ernest Lough - Handel: I know that my Redeemer liveth (Messiah)
(22 Dec. 1927 recording)
Handel: I know that my Redeemer liveth (Messiah) (HMV B.2656 (10-inch), 78 RPM) March 1928
Featuring Ernest Lough  
I know that my Redeemer liveth (G.F. Handel (1685-1759) from oratorio "Messiah", 1742, wds selected by Charles Jennens (1700-73) from the Bible: Job 19: vv. 25-26 & I Cor. 15: v. 20)
Rec. on two sides 26 Sept. 1927 (matrices BR1162-III & 1136-IV) [Pearl] OR 22 Dec. 1927 (BR1162-V & 1136-V)[discog.].
With G.T. Thalben-Ball, organ.
It is possible that two different recordings were issued on the same catalogue no.; one is on CD Pearl GEM 0145 tk 6 (6' 28).
  Side A -   I know that my Redeemer liveth (Part 1) (Handel)   (from "Messiah")
  Side B -   I know that my Redeemer liveth (Part 2) (Handel)   (from "Messiah")
Ernest Lough - Mendelssohn: Hear ye, Israel! (Elijah)
Mendelssohn: Hear ye, Israel! (Elijah) (HMV B.2627 (10-inch), 78 RPM) January 1928
Featuring Ernest Lough  
Hear ye, Israel! (Mendelssohn (1809-47) from oratorio "Elijah", 1846 revised 1847, wds Julius Schubring after Bible: Isaiah ch. 48: vv. 1 & 18, ch. 53: v. 1, ch. 49: v. 7, ch. 41: v. 10 & ch. 51: vv. 12-13; transl. William Bartholomew (1793-1867))
Rec. on two sides 26 Sept. 1927 (matrices BR1134-III, 1135-IV) with G.T. Thalben-Ball, organ. (5' 48)
Now on CD Pearl GEM 0145 (tk. 2), which also includes an unissued take of part one from 31 Aug. 1927 (BR1134-I [-II ?]) (2' 57) (tk 16).
  Side A -   Hear ye, Israel! (Part 1) (Mendelssohn)   (from "Elijah")
  Side B -   Hear ye, Israel! (Part 2) (Mendelssohn)   (from "Elijah")
Ernest Lough - Mendelssohn: I waited for the Lord / O come everyone that thirsteth
Mendelssohn: I waited for the Lord / O come everyone that thirsteth (HMV C.1398 (12-inch), 78 RPM) November 1927
Featuring Ernest Lough  
A: I waited for the Lord (from last movement of Symphony No. 2, "Hymn of Praise" [Lobgesang: Symphonia Cantata] in B flat, op. 52, 1840 by Mendelssohn (1809-47); wds after Ps. 40: vv. 1 & 4; Engl. version by Joseph Alfred Novello (1810-96), 1841)
Rec. 14 July 1927 (matrix CR1118-II) with Ronald Mallett (alto), Choir of the Temple Church & G.T. Thalben-Ball, organ (4'14)
B: I go on my way in the strength of the Lord . . . O come everyone that thirsteth (from Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah", 1846 revised 1847; wds Julius Schubring after Ps. 71: v. 16 & Is. 55: vv. 1 & 3, transl. William Bartholomew)
Rec. 14 July 1927 (CR1121-IA) with Ronald Mallett (alto), Alfred Capel Dixon (tenor), Frank Hastwell (bass), Choir of the Temple Church & G.T. Thalben-Ball, organ. (4' 16)
Both items now on CD Pearl GEM 0145 tks 4 & 3 resp.

Ronald Frederick Mallett (1913-45) was a member of the choir 1922-29; Alfred Capel Dixon (d.1949) sang treble 1900-07 & tenor 1914-49; Frank C. Hastwell sang treble 1904-08 & bass 1919-39. George Thomas Thalben-Ball (1896-1987) was appointed Acting Organist at Temple Church in 1919 and was Organist & Director of the Choir from 1923 until his retirement at the end of 1981.
  Side A -   I waited for the Lord (Mendelssohn)   (from "Hymn of Praise")
  Side B -   O come everyone that thirsteth (Mendelssohn)   (from "Elijah")
Ernest Lough - Hymn: O Sons and Daughters / Walford Davies: King of Glory
Hymn: O Sons and Daughters / Walford Davies: King of Glory (HMV B.2493 (10-inch), 78 RPM) September 1927
Featuring Ernest Lough  
A: O Sons and Daughters (aka "O filii et filiae" - Processional Hymn for Easter [Hymns Ancient & Modern No. 130], here abridged & sung in Engl., arr. Walford Davies. Tune "O filii et filiae" probably contemporary with wds [earliest printed edition: Paris, 1623]; wds Jean Tisserand (d. 1494) "L'aleluya du jour des Pasques", based on John 20: vv. 19-29; Engl. version Rev. John Mason Neale (1818-66) in "Mediaeval Hymns" (1851))
Rec. 5 Apl. 1927 (matrix BR1018-III or IIIA) (2' 52)
With Douglas Horton (treble), Alfred Capel Dixon (tenor), Choir of the Temple Church & G.T. Thalben-Ball, organ.
B: King of Glory (anthem, publ. 1940: wds George Herbert (1593-1633), publ. posthumously in "The Temple" (1633) headed "Praise" - music Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941))
Rec. 5 Apl. 1927 (BR1019-III or -IIIA) (2' 30)
With Choir of the Temple Church & G.T. Thalben-Ball, organ.
Douglas Corbyn Horton (1912-2000) was a member of the Choir 1922-29.
The original 78 disc incl. Thalben-Ball's introduction "Lift up your hearts" to Herbert's hymn, which is incl. only on the Naxos CD issue.

The items with Ernest Lough are available on CD Pearl GEM 0145, tks 7 & 8 resp.
  Side A -   O Sons and Daughters (Hymn)  
  Side B -   King of Glory (Walford Davies)  
no cover
Mendelssohn: I will sing of Thy great mercies (HMV unissued on 78 rpm, 78 RPM) August 1927
Featuring Ernest Lough  
And Paul came to the congregation . . . I will sing of Thy great mercies (recitative & arioso from Part II of Mendelssohn's oratorio "St Paul", op. 36, 1836; wds Schubring after the Bible (arioso: Ps. 89:1); Engl. version 1837 by William Ball (c.1784-1869)) (matrix BR1132-I) (3' 33)
Rec. Temple Church, 31 Aug. 1927 with G.T. Thalben-Ball, organ.
Unissued on 78 but now on CD Pearl GEM 0145. (Previously issued on HMV LP CLP1675.)
For a comparison with Temple chorister Harold Langston's version, see under that singer.
  Side A -   I will sing of Thy great mercies (Mendelssohn)   (from "St Paul")
Ernest Lough - Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer . . . O for the Wings of a Dove
Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer . . . O for the Wings of a Dove (HMV C.1329 (12-inch), 78 RPM) June 1927
Featuring Ernest Lough  
Mendelssohn (1809-47): anthem "Hear My Prayer", 1844 with words by William Bartholomew (1793-1867) based on Psalm 55: vv. 1-8.
Two separate recordings were issued under this catalogue no., both with the Choir of the Temple Church & G. T. Thalben-Ball, organ.
(1) Rec. 5 Apl. 1927 (matrices CR1020-IIIA & 1021-III [ICRC] or -IIIA [Pearl]) (8' 11)
(2) Rec. 30 Mar. 1928 (CR1020-VIA & 1021-VIIIA) (7' 58) Ernest Lough was then 16 yrs 4 mnths old.
Both recordings are now available on CD Pearl GEM 0145, tks 17 & 1 respectively, together with an unissued part two (O for the Wings of a Dove) from "5 Apl." 1927 (CR1021-IIA) as tk 18, but if the matrix no. is correct, the recording date should be 15 March 1927; 5 April saw takes CR1021-III, -IIIA, IV & -IVA. (The "A" suffix is believed to denote a second lathe running with alternative balance settings for the same performance as the main take.)
On these recordings see ICRC Summer 2000 (vol. 6, no. 21), p. 34.

"This remarkable disc is, in certain respects, the finest choir record ever issued, and certainly a remarkable version of Mendelssohn's Hear My Prayer. The record was actually made on the spot by the aid of the new H.M.V. mobile recording outfit, and gives us a life-like reproduction of the choir, soloist and organ of the historic Temple Church. The performance is perfectly balanced in every respect, but the great feature of the recording is the truly wonderful singing and reproduction of the solo boy. Perfect alike in tone, phrasing and emotional feeling, with high notes of exceptional purity, it reveals Master E. Lough as a vocalist of rare ability and great promise. The ensemble of soloist, choir and organ also reflects the highest credit on all concerned."
(Anonymous review in The Sound Wave, London, June 1927, p. 374)

Two months after this disc appeared an editorial in The Talking Machine and Wireless Trade News (London, Aug,. 1927, pp. 229f) commented: "Not only is his voice of supreme beauty, but his expression and feeling are so exalted that . . . we cannot recall any female soprano, whatever her eminence, who could sing this solo with such absolute perfection." The journal goes on to note that demand for the record was so great that the Gramophone Company had to ration its dealers despite ten presses being set aside to deal with orders which were operating continuously by special shifts.

Sales of this record up to 31 Dec. 1927 came to 338,000. (Gramophone and Talking Machine News, London, May 1928, p. 141.) The Choir received 5% of the proceeds from sale of their records, which was used for choral scholarships and foundation of a music library. (Music Art and Trade Journal, London, May 1928, p. 3.)

An editorial in The Sound Wave three months after this disc was issued remarked on its success and the extreme rarity of boys' voices on records; it continued: "The fact is that the rivals of Master Lough have never appeared (on the record) because they have never been sought. It must not for a moment be supposed that they do not exist. Every music-lover interested in Church music knows that in the choirs of our Cathedrals and larger churches all over England these beautiful voices of the boy soprano have always existed, and exist to-day, in many cases enjoying a purely local and ephemeral fame. And there is no voice of such absolute purity, such mystical beauty, as that of the well-trained boy soprano, or 'treble,' as it is popularly called. It is to be presumed that now it has been shown that there is a big public for such music, not only will the rivals of Master Lough begin to appear, but the vast field of excellent Church music will be more fully exploited." (Sept. 1927, p. 536)
  Side A -   Hear My Prayer (Mendelssohn)  
  Side B -   O for the Wings of a Dove (Mendelssohn)  
Singles Compact | Full
Ernest Lough - Hear Ye Israel
Hear Ye Israel (HMV , 45rpm Single) 1960
Featuring Ernest Lough   Temple Church Choir   Ronald Mallett  
Originally recorded in 1928.
  1.   Hear Ye Israel  
  2.   I Waited for the Lord   Duet with Ronald Mallett
Ernest Lough - Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer / Handel: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer / Handel: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (HMV/E.M.I. Records Limited 7EG 8293, 45rpm Single)
Featuring Ernest Lough  
Organist and Director of Choir: G. Thalben-Ball. Made and printed in Great Britain.
  1.   Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer  
  2.   Handel: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth  
Other Recordings Compact | Full
Ernest Lough - The Better Land Volume 5 - Great Boy Sopranos Recorded 1927-1957
The Better Land Volume 5 - Great Boy Sopranos Recorded 1927-1957 (Amphion PHI CD 189, CD) October 2003
Featuring The Better Land Series   Derek Barsham   John Bonner   Alan Bradbrook   Master John Brookman   Thomas Criddle   Master Leslie Day   Beverley Jones   Raymond Kinsey   Cyril Lewis   Ernest Lough   Michael Morley   Billy Neely   Robert Duncan Peel   Kenneth Purves   Robert Regent   Trevor Schofield  
* denotes recordings published for the first time
  1.   Rejoice Greatly (Messiah, Handel)   Master Raymond Kinsey
  2.   Mighty like a rose ( Nevin-Staton)   Master Michael Morley
  3.   If I can help somebody (Androzzo)   Master Michael Morley
  4.   Hark! Hark! the lark (Schubert)   Master Ernest Lough
  5.   There is a green hill far away (Mrs C.F. Alexander-Gounod)   Master John Bonner
  6.   On Wings of Song (England-Mendelssohn)   Master Thomas Criddle
  7.   Should he upbraid? (Shakespeare-Sir Henry Bishop)   Master John Bonner
  8.   Angels Serenade (La Seranata)   Master John Bonner
  9.   Birdsong at Eventide (Coates)   Master Michael Morley
10.   Y Deryn Pur -The Dove (arr. Somervell-Williams)   Master Cyril Lewis
11.   A song of long ago (D.Furber-A.E. Adams)   Master Trevor Schofield
12.   Nearer my God to Thee (Carey)   Master John Bookman
13.   A brown bird singing (Barrie-Haydn Wood)   Master Leslie Day
14.   Lullaby (Brahms)   Master Michael Morley
15.   O for the wings of a dove (Mendelssohn)   Master Kenneth Purves
16.   Father in Heaven* (Largo-Handel)   Master Robert Regent
17.   Hallelujah (Exsultate Jubilate-Mozart)   Master Billy Neely
18.   Abide with Me (Liddle)   Master Derek Barsham
19.   Angels Ever bright (Handel)   Master Robert Duncan Peel
20.   With Verdure Clad (The Creation-Haydn)   Master Raymond Kinsey
21.   Oh for a closer walk with God (Foster)   Master Raymond Kinsey
22.   Beekeeper's Introit * (arr. G. Dixon)   Master Alan Bradbrook (Private Recording 1957)
23.   A Song of Peace*   Master Beverley Jones
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Ernest Lough - The Glory of the Temple Church Choir, Volume Two
The Glory of the Temple Church Choir, Volume Two (Amphion PHI CD 181, CD) August 2002
Featuring Temple Church Choir   Denis Barthel   Master Douglas Horton   Ernest Lough   Ronald Mallett  
Recorded 1927 - 1950

Tracks 1-12: Temple Church Choir, Recorded 1927-1932
Tracks 13-19: The Templars' Male Voice Choir, Recorded 1948
Tracks 20-26: The Templars, Recorded 1950
  1.   Insanae et vanae curae (Haydn)   Rec. 1930
  2.   How Lovely is thy dwelling place (Brahms)   Rec 1928
  3.   Mine eyes have seen the glory (Davies)   Rec 1927
  4.   Hear Ye, Israel (Mendelssohn)   Rec 1927, Soloist: Ernest Lough
  5.   O Worship the King Rec 1929  
  6.   Turn back O man (Holst)   Rec 1930
  7.   For all the saints (Vaughan Williams)   Rec 1930
  8.   St Patricks Prayer (Burke)   Rec 1930
  9.   Jerusalem (Parry)   Rec 1932, Soloist: Dennis Barthel
10.   Hallelujah from Christ at the Mount of Olives (Beethoven)   Rec 1930
11.   Lead me , O Lord (Wesley)   Rec 1927, Soloists: Ronald Mallett and Douglas Horton
12.   Blessed be the God and the Father (Wesley)   Rec 1928, Soloists: Ernest Lough and Douglas Horton
13.   God rest ye merry, Gentlemen (trad)  
14.   A babe lies in the cradle (Corner)  
15.   Christ was born on Christmas Day (trad)  
16.   While shepherds watched their flocks  
17.   Childing of a maiden (trad)  
18.   We three kings of Orient are  
19.   Christmas is Coming/Wassail Carol  
20.   Away in a Manger  
21.   The First Nowell  
22.   See amid the winter's snow  
23.   Unto us a boy is born  
24.   Angels from the realms of Glory  
25.   O little town of Bethlehem  
26.   The Twelve Days of Christmas   Tenor: Harry Abbott, Bass: Ernest Lough
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Ernest Lough - The Glory of the Temple Church Choir
The Glory of the Temple Church Choir (Amphion PHI CD 172, CD) January 2002
Featuring Temple Church Choir   Denis Barthel   Harold Langston   Ernest Lough   Ronald Mallett   Thomas Meddings  
"Doctor" George Thalben-Ball's famous choir, recorded 1922 - 1935.
The success of "The Better Land" series, featuring boy sopranos of the 20th century has awakened interest in that great choir to which several of the boys belonged, and in the man who trained them. Several of the "boys" have been closely involved with the preparation of this CD.
  1.   King of Glory  
  2.   I Waited for the Lord   Soloists: Ernest Lough and Ronald Mallett
  3.   O come everyone that thirsteth   Soloists: Lough and Mallett
  4.   How Lovely are the Messengers  
  5.   Lullay my Liking & There is no rose   Soloist: Dennis Barthel
  6.   See amid the winter's snow   Soloist: Barthel with tenor
  7.   O Little Town of Bethlehem   Soloist: Barthel
  8.   As pants the hart   Soloist: Thomas Meddings
  9.   Lord it belongs not to my care  
10.   Jesu joy of man's desiring  
11.   Blest are the departed   Soloist: Meddings
12.   He was despised   Soloist: Barthel
13.   Remember now thy creator   Soloists: Harold Langston and Barthel
14.   Oh for a closer walk with God   Soloist: Thomas Meddings (misattributed on CD as Langston)
15.   If ye love me, keep my commandments  
16.   O filii et filiae   Soloists: Lough and Horton
17.   Lord God of Heaven & Earth   Soloists: Meddings (soprano) and Dennys Lake (alto)
18.   Angels ever bright and fair   Soloist: Langston
19.   Psalm 150  
20.   Hear my Prayer   Soloist: Lough
21.   The Heavens are telling  
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Ernest Lough - The Better Land Volume 4 - Great Boy Sopranos Recorded 1927-1954
The Better Land Volume 4 - Great Boy Sopranos Recorded 1927-1954 (Amphion PHI CD 168, CD) July 2001
Featuring The Better Land Series   Derek Barsham   John Bonner   Master John Brookman   Master Leslie Day   Robert Harris   Beverley Jones   Raymond Kinsey   Harold Langston   Ernest Lough   Brian Moody   Billy Neely   Graham Payn   Robert Regent   Trevor Schofield  
* denotes recordings published for the first time. This volume will shortly deleted and replaced by the double CD volume The Better Land Volumes 3 & 4. Hurry to order now while stocks last.
  1.   Come Back (Toselli's Serenade. Words R.H. Elkin) (L)   Master Leslie Day 1933
  2.   Abide with me (Lyte-Liddle) (L)   Master John Bonner 1929
  3.   Five Eyes* (Gibbs-Cecil Armstrong) (L)   Master Billy Neely 1949
  4.   The Fairy Tree* (Vincent O'Brien)   Master Billy Neely 1949
  5.   I will sing of Thy Great Mercies O Lord* (Mendelssohn)   Master Harold Langston 1929
  6.   Pierrot at the dance (Lockton-Drummond)   Master Trevor Schofield 1929
  7.   One night of love (Kahn-Schertzinger) (L)   Master Robert Harris 1933
  8.   Hark! Hark! the Lark* (Schubert)   Master Brian Moody 1944
  9.   Slumber dear maid (Handel)   Master John Bonner 1929
10.   My heart ever faithful (Bach) (L)   Master Raymond Kinsey 1933
11.   The Old Church Bells* (H.M.Farrar)   Master Robert Harris 1934
12.   Love's old sweet song (Bingham-Molloy) (L)   Master Robert Harris 1933
13.   The Trout* (Schubert)   Master Brian Moody 1944
14.   Nursery Scene, Boris Godounov (Moussorgsky)   Master Derek Barsham
Recorded 30 Apl. 1947 (AR11093 & 11094), with Gladys Palmer, contralto, Norman Lumsden, bass & London Symphony Orchestra cond. Stanford Robinson. Issued June 1947 on Decca K.1601. ["Better Land" the two parts separately in vols. 3 & 4]
15.   Hear my prayer* (Mendelssohn) (L)   Master Billy Neely 1950
16.   Star of Bethlehem (Adams)   Master John Brookman 1934
17.   A Brown Bird Singing (Barrie-Haydn Wood) (L)   Master Robert Regent
18.   I know that my Redeemer Liveth (Handel) (L)   Master Ernest Lough 1927
19.   Hear ye, Israel (part1)* (Mendenssohn) (L)   Master Ernest Lough 1927
20.   Kitty my love will ya marry me?* (Trad. - arr. Hughes)   Master Billy Neely live 1950
21.   Birdsongs at Eventide* (Barrie-Coates) (L)   Master Graham Payn 'Live' 1932
22.   Let the bright Seraphim (Handel) (L)   Master Raymond Kinsey
23.   Angels guard thee (Reilly-Godard) (L)   Master John Bonner 1929
24.   A song of wisdom* (Charles V. Stanford) (L)   Master Beverly Jones 1954
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Films and Videos Compact | Full
Ernest Lough - Boy Who Sang 'O for the Wings of a Dove', The
Boy Who Sang 'O for the Wings of a Dove', The ( , Film/TV)
Featuring Ernest Lough  
Documentary about Ernest Lough.
  YouTube - Part 1
  YouTube - Part 2
  YouTube - Part 3
Books Compact | Full
Ernest Lough - Better Land, The: In Search of the Lost Boy Sopranos
Better Land, The: In Search of the Lost Boy Sopranos (Rectory Press , Book) April 2005
Featuring The Better Land Series   Temple Church Choir   Clifford Adams   Derek Barsham   Denis Barthel   John Bonner   Richard Bonsall   Alan Bradbrook   Master John Brookman   Richard Brown   Master Gordon Carter   Master (Arthur) Iwan Davies   Master Leslie Day   Robin Fairhurst   Frederick (John) Firth   Michael Ginn   John Gwilym Griffith(s)   Robert Harris   Michael Hartnett   Aled Jones   Beverley Jones   Raymond Kinsey   Harold Langston   Ernest Lough   Robin Lough   Thomas Meddings   Brian Moody   Billy Neely   Graham Payn   Robert Duncan Peel   Kenneth Purves   The Choir of the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy   Steffani and his Silver Songsters   Thomas Tweedy   Denis Wright  
By Stephen Beet. Features much newly-discovered material, telling the often very human stories of the boys behind the voices, at the height of their singing careers and in their later lives. Copiously illustrated with many previously-unpublished photographs and manuscript samples, with a Foreword by Peter Purves.

As well as chapters on Iwan Davies, Derek Barsham, and Denis Wright, amongst others there are also chapters under the following headings: The Temple Boys, The Manchester Boys, The Music Hall Boys, The Fleeting Boys, and The Broadcast Boys.

This book is available directly from the author: Contact StephenRBeet@gmail.com Price £10 plus postage

This book is available for the cost of postage and packing only if the set of six The Better Land CD albums is ordered.
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Recordings after Voice Change / Recordings as an Adult Compact | Full
Ernest Lough - Lift up your heads
Lift up your heads (EMI CSD 3627, LP) 1967
Featuring Temple Church Choir   Graham Lough   Ernest Lough (non-treble)  
Hymns and organ voluntaries. Graham Lough duets with his father Ernest, now a baritone, on two tracks.
  1.   Jesu lover of my soul (Aberystwyth) (Wesley-Parry)  
  2.   O day of God (Bellwoods) (Scott-Hopkirk)   Soloists: Graham Lough (treble); Ernest Lough (baritone)
  3.   Alleluia, sing to Jesus (Ebenezer) (Dix-Williams)  
  4.   Help us to help each other (Dunfermline) (Wesley-Scottish Psalter)  
  5.   Loving shepherd of thy sheep (Buckland) (Leeson-Hayne)   Soloist: Michael James (treble)
  6.   Thou, whose almighty word (Moscow) (Marriott-de Giardini)  
  7.   Be thou my guardian (Abridge) (Williams-Smith)  
  8.   Lift up your heads (Crucis Victoria) (Montgomery-Foster)  
  9.   What sorrow sore (O Traurigkeit) (Rist-Schop)   Soloists: Graham Lough (treble); Ernest Lough (baritone)
10.   Spirit of mercy (Melcombe) (Words from Foundling Hospital Collection-Webbe)  
11.   Blessed Jesus (Liebster Jesu) (Clausnitzer-Ahle)  
12.   Love divine (Hyfrydol) (Wesley-Prichard)  
Ernest Lough - Favourite Hymns and Organ Voluntaries
Favourite Hymns and Organ Voluntaries (EMI CLP 1452, LP) 1961
Featuring Temple Church Choir   Robin Lough   Ernest Lough (non-treble)  
Organist and Choir Master Dr. George Thalben-Ball. Soloists Ernest Lough and Robin Lough on one track.
  1.   Voluntary on the Old 100th (Purcell)   Organ solo by Dr. George Thalben-Ball
  2.   All people that on earth do dwell (Old 100th) (Bourgeois-Kethe)  
  3.   Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (Repton) (Parry-Whittier)  
  4.   O praise ye the Lord (Laudate Dominum) (Parry)  
  5.   The Lord’s my Shepherd (Crimond) (Irvine)  
  6.   Hark, what a sound (Highwood) (Terry-Myers)  
  7.   Love Divine, all loves excelling (Love Divine) (Stainer-Wesley)  
  8.   God be in my head (Walford Davies-Stanton)  
  9.   Solemn Melody (Walford Davies)  
10.   Fantasia in C (Bach – completed and edited by Hermann-Keller)   Organ solo by Dr. George Thalben-Ball
11.   Jesus, Blessed Saviour (vv 1, 3 & 5 Eudoxia (Gould-Faber (vv 2, 4 & 6 Caswall (Filitz-Faber)   Soloist: Ian Le Grice
12.   For the beauty of the earth (Lucerna Laudonia) (Evans-Pierpoint)   Soloists: Ernest Lough (baritone), Robin Lough (treble)
13.   All hail the Pow’r of Jesus’ Name (Ladywell) (Ferguson-Perronet-Rippon)  
14.   The day Thou gavest (St. Clement) (Scholefield-Ellerton)  
15.   My spirit longs for Thee (Maria Jung und Zait) (Byrom)  
16.   O worship the King (Hanover) (Croft)  
17.   Now thank we all our God (Nun Danket) (Crüger-Rinkart translated by Winkworth)  
18.   Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)   Organ solo by Dr. George Thalben-Ball
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