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  Andrew Swait    (b. 2 Oktober 1994) Boy Soprano Soloist 
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Andrew Swait 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 continued 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)

In 2007 Andrew was part of 'The Choirboys' with William Dutton and Bill Goss.

Since 2008 he continues his singing career as a Baritone and since 2011 also as Bass. Andrew has sung with the Cheltenham College Chamber and Chapel Choirs and the Rodolfus Choir. From 2012 on he has also been deputy singer with Gloucester Cathedral Choir.
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Official Site: Andrew Swait
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Official Site: The Choirboys
Official site of The Choirboys (page not available anymore)
BCSD: Choristers of the Year
Andrew was a finalist in the 2006 Chorister of the Year competition.
BCSD: The Abbey School Choir, Tewkesbury
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.
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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).”
Landscape and Time. Recording with the King's Singers.
King's Singers November 2006 release of Landscape and Time was an unquestionable highlight for Andrew, as was the honour of being included on such a challenging and well recieved recording.
The Telegraph - Surplice requirements
Trebbie Awards 2005
Andrew Swait is awarded Best Solo Track for Eternal Source of Light from Light of The World Album, Signum Records (also awarded best Full Choir Album). (blog not available anymore)

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Featured Recordings Compact | Full
Andrew Swait - Salve Puerule
Salve Puerule (Herald Records HAVPCD349, CD) Dezember 2008
Featuring Andrew Swait  
Stephen Jackson (conductor) with the Trinity College Chamber Choir.
  1.   Magnificat in G (Stanford)  
  2.   He that is down (Vaughan Williams)  
  3.   This day (Elizabeth Maconchy)  
  4.   Hear my prayer (Mendelssohn)  
  5.   Te Deum in C (Britten)  
  6.   Salve puerule (Charpentier)  
  7.   The first mercy (Warlock)  
  8.   The Lord is my shepherd (Berkeley)  
  9.   In the bleak mid-winter (Britten)  
10.   Ex ore innocentium (Ireland)  
11.   The little road to Bethlehem (Head)  
12.   Magnificat (Rütti)  
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Available at   Herald AV
Available at   Pascal Moré Musikvertrieb
Email   Cheltenham College - Cheltonian Association SALVE PUERULE is a Cheltenham College CD
Andrew Swait - Songs of Innocence
Songs of Innocence (Signum Records SIGCD128, CD) Juli 2008
Featuring Andrew Swait  
With James Bowman (countertenor), Andrew Plant (piano), Adrian Peacock (producer).
  1.   I wonder as I wander  
  2.   In the mornin'  
  3.   Diaphenia  
  4.   The Owl  
  5.   Witches' Song  
  6.   Chamber Music V  
  7.   The Rainbow  
  8.   The Oxen  
  9.   Little Sir William  
10.   Cradle Song  
11.   The bayly berith the bell away  
12.   Tell me, lovely shepherd: William Boyce (L)  
13.   The Slow Train  
14.   Ca' the yowes  
15.   Silent worship  
16.   Who is Silvia?  
17.   Caleno custure me  
18.   Dirge for Fidele  
19.   Summer Sunset  
20.   Slow March  
21.   Tom Bowling  
22.   Matthew, Mark, Luke and John  
23.   My bed is a boat  
24.   Sure on this shining night  
25.   Sweet and low  
Available at   Amazon.co.uk
Available at   Amazon.de
Available at   Amazon.fr
Available at   Signum Records catalogue
Review at   Music Web International Review
Andrew Swait - The Carols Album
The Carols Album (UCJ , CD) Dezember 2007
Featuring The Choirboys   William Dutton   Bill Goss   Andrew Swait  

  1.   O Holy Night  
  2.   O Little Town of Bethlehem  
  3.   Ding Dong  
  4.   What Sweeter Music  
  5.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas  
  6.   Silent Night  
  7.   In the Bleak Midwinter  
  8.   Coventry Carol  
  9.   Away in a Manger  
10.   Once in Royal David's City  
11.   In Dulce Jubilo  
12.   O Come All Ye Faithful  
13.   Holly and the Ivy  
14.   Hark The Herald  
Available at   Amazon UK
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Available at   HMV
Andrew Swait - Landscape & Time
Landscape & Time (Signum Records SIGCD090, CD) November 2006
Featuring Andrew Swait  
The King's Singers and Andrew Swait
  1.   The Seasons of His Mercies (Richard Rodney Bennett)  
  2.   Scenes in America Deserta (John McCabe)  
  3.   Taaveti laulud (Cyrillus Kreek) - Taaveti laul   Tracks 3-6
  4.   - Onnis on inimene  
  5.   - Taaveti laul 141  
  6.   - Taaveti laul 121  
  7.   Remembered Love (Jackson Hill)  
  8.   House of Winter (Peter Maxwell Davies)  
  9.   Rakastava (Jean Sibelius)  
10.   Esti Dal (Zoltán Kodály)  
11.   Even Such is Time (Bob Chilcott)   Treble soloist: Andrew Swait
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Available at   Amazon.de
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Available at   Signum Records for the photo of the King's Singers and Andrew Swait scroll down within the info box on Signum's website
Andrew Swait - Light of the World
Light of the World (Signum Records SIGCD068, CD) Dezember 2005
Featuring The Abbey School Choir, Tewkesbury   Andrew Swait   Tom Hewlett   Thomas 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 [5], Tom Hewlett, treble [10]
  1.   Eternal source of light - Handel (L)   solo treble
  2.   Sanctus - Alcock (L)   solo treble plus full choir
  3.   Nunc Dimittis - Burgon (L)   solo treble
  4.   Light of the world - Dankworth (L)   full trebles
  5.   I waited for the Lord - Mendelssohn (L)   treble duet plus full choir
  6.   How beautiful are the feet - Handel (L)  
  7.   Blessed be the God and Father - S.S. Wesley (L)   treble solo & full choir
  8.   Ave Maria - Schubert (L)  
  9.   The Angels’ Goodnight - Schumann (L)  
10.   Long since Egypts plenteous land - C. Hubert H. Parry (L)   full trebles
11.   Brother James’ Air -Trad. arr. M.Archer (L)   solo treble
12.   Balulalow - Britten (L)  
13.   This little babe - Britten (L)  
14.   The Lord bless you - Rutter (L)   full choir
15.   Pie Jesu - Fauré (L)   solo treble
16.   Ave verum corpus - Mawby (L)   full choir
17.   I Would be True (‘Londonderry Air’) - Traditional (L)   solo treble
18.   Ave verum corpus - Mozart (L)   full choir
19.   Ubi caritas et amor - Lauridsen (L)  
20.   Gaelic Blessing - Rutter (L)   full choir
21.   Amazing Grace -Traditional (L)   treble solo
Available at   Amazon.co.uk
Available at   Amazon.de
Available at   Amazon.fr
Available at   Presto Classical, Leamington Spa
Available at   Signum Records catalogue
Review at   choirbase.com [outdated link]
Other Recordings Compact | Full
Andrew Swait - Anna Netrebko: Souvenirs
Anna Netrebko: Souvenirs (Deutsche Grammophon 477 7639, CD) November 2008
Featuring Andrew Swait  
Anna Netrebko's solo album with the Prague Philharmonia features Andrew Swait on one track. Andrew sings with Anna on the duet 'Pie Jesu' by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
14.   Pie Jesu [Requiem] (Lloyd Webber)   Duet. Andrew Swait, treble.
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Regency Voices with Andrew Swait ( , CD) Juli 2008
Featuring 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.
  1.   Zadok the Priest  
  2.   Panis Angelicus   Treble soloist: Andrew Swait
  3.   Geistliches Lied (Brahms)  
  4.   Cantique de Jean Racine  
  5.   Toccata from 'Uzbekistan Suite' (Mushel)  
  6.   Laudate Dominum from Solem Vespers KV339 (Mozart)   Treble soloist: Andrew Swait
  7.   Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart)  
  8.   Hear my Prayer/O for the Wings   Treble soloist: Andrew Swait
  9.   Ascendit Deus (Philips)  
10.   Selig sind die Toten (Schuetz)  
11.   Music for a While   Treble soloist: Andrew Swait; Piano: Peter Mills
12.   Offertorio (Guridi)   Organ: Robin Baggs
13.   Hej! Halaszok! (Trad. Hungarian)  
14.   To Thee we Sing (Bortniansky)  
15.   Worthy is the Lamb (Bortniansky)  
16.   Ave Maria (Rachmaninov)  
Andrew Swait - Choral Evensong from Tewkesbury Abbey
Choral Evensong from Tewkesbury Abbey (Delphian DCD34713, CD) Oktober 2006
Featuring The Abbey School Choir, Tewkesbury   Andrew Swait  
Complete Evensong Service. Choral selections: Tallis: Sancte Deus; Gabriel Jackson: Tewkesbury Service; Vaughan Williams: Valiant for Truth; Howells Collegium Regale Te Deum.
Available at   Tewkesbury Abbey Shop
Films and Videos Compact | Full
Andrew Swait - Different Life, A
Different Life, A ( , Film/TV) Dezember 2005
Featuring 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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