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  Andrew Brough Boy Soprano Soloist 
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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.

Andrew attended Kenilworth Grammar School and is keen on all kinds of sports. He became head chorister in January 1970 an has shown a noticeable capacity for leadership.

— Sleeve Notes

I am still singing in the choir at St Mary's and still love it. I have nearly completed 40 years service - and I'm not the longest serving member! For many years I sang alto, mainly because we always seemed to be short of alto's but about 4 years ago I moved to bass where I feel I am able to make a much more telling contribution. I still occasionally move back to alto to cover for absence etc.

I have twin daughters, both of whom are choristers in the Girls' choir at St Mary's. My wife, Claire, is Secretary of the Friends of the Girls Choir and does much to assist in fund raising to support tours abroad etc. We still live in Warwick and I am a Project Manager for a Software company in Birmingham.

Christopher Smith, I think, lives in Geneva and works as an interpreter. I'm hoping that we will meet up again in September [2002] as there is a major reunion taking place at St Mary's for all choiristers who sang there under Geoffrey Holroyde. This year is the fortieth anniversary of Geoffrey's arrival as Choirmaster. He conducted us on "Andrew & Christopher Sing" and left St Mary's in 1972. The reunion is also being attended by Edward Higginbottom, who was the accompanist on the record. Edward is now Master of the Choristers at New College, Oxford. — Andrew Brough
Related Sites
Official Site: Choir of St. Mary's, Warwick
BCSD: Oliver Morris
Oliver Morris was also a member of the Choir of St. Mary's, Warwick.

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Andrew Brough - Andrew and Christopher Sing
Andrew and Christopher Sing (Abbey XMS 709, LP) 1971
Featuring Andrew Brough   Christopher Smith  
CS- Solo by Christopher, AB- Solo by Andrew, The rest are duets.
  1.   Let Us Wander Not Unseen (Purcell)  
  2.   Sound the Trumpet (Purcell)  
  3.   Shepherd, Shepherd, Leave Decoying (Purcell)  
  4.   The Plough Boy (Britten) CS  
  5.   O Waly, Waly (Britten) CS  
  6.   Sweet Polly Oliver (Britten) CS  
  8.   Ave Verum Corpus (Willis)  
  9.   To Music (Schubert)  
10.   I Would That My Love Could Speak Itself (Mendelssohn)  
11.   If Thou Art Near (Bach) AB  
12.   Come Gentle Death (Bach) AB  
13.   He Shall Feed His Flock (Handel) AB  
14.   Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart) AB  
15.   Laudamus Te (Vivaldi)  
  Andrew and Christopher sing Laudamus te
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Andrew Brough - Twice Were Angels
Twice Were Angels (Griffin GCCD 4065, CD) November 2008
Featuring Christopher Betts   Robin Blaze   Jeremy Bowyer   Andrew Brough   Dara Carroll   Justyn Christer   Michael Criswell   Paul Dutton   Daniel Ludford-Thomas   Daniel Norman   David Pickering   Mark Robson   Christopher Smith   Andrew Wicks  
  1.   Morning has broken (trad gaelic, words Farjean)   Treble soloist: Mark Robson
  2.   The Trout (Schubert)   Treble soloist: David Pickering
  3.   Shepherd, Shepherd, Leave Decoying (Purcell)   Treble soloists: Andrew Brough & Christopher Smith
  4.   On Wings of song (Mendelssohn)   Treble soloist: Daniel Ludford-Thomas with Andrew Shenton (organ)
  5.   Angels ever bright & fair (Handel: Theodora)   Treble soloist: Jeremy Bowyer
  6.   Will ye no come back again? (trad)   Treble soloist: Dara Carroll
  7.   Faery Song (Boughton: Immortal Hour)   Treble soloist: Dara Carroll
  8.   Lullaby (Brahms)   Treble soloist: Dara Carroll
  9.   Road to the Isles (trad.)   Treble soloist: Dara Carroll
10.   There is a Green Hill Far Away (Horsley, Alexander)   Treble soloist: Michael Criswell
11.   Quem Pastores Laudavere (anon C14, Rutter)   Treble soloist: Michael Criswell
12.   Buckingham Palace   Treble soloist: Andrew Wicks
13.   Halfway Down the Stairs   Treble soloist: Andrew Wicks
14.   Polite   Treble soloist: Andrew Wicks
15.   Lines & Squares   Treble soloist: Andrew Wicks
16.   Vespers   Treble soloist: Andrew Wicks
17.   No John, No   Treble soloist: Andrew Wicks
18.   Blow away   Treble soloist: Andrew Wicks
19.   I waited for the Lord (Mendelssohn)   Treble soloists: Daniel Norman and Justyn Christer
20.   O Lovely Peace (Handel: Judas Maccabeus)   Treble soloists: Daniel Norman and Christopher Betts
21.   Bist du bei mir (J S Bach: Anna Magdalena)   Treble soloist: Daniel Norman
22.   Pie Jesu (Durufle Requiem)   Treble soloist: Daniel Norman
23.   The Holy Boy (Ireland) (words H.Brown)   Treble soloist: Paul Dutton
24.   The Holy City (Adams)   Treble soloist: Paul Dutton
25.   Bless this house (Brahe)   Treble soloist: Paul Dutton
26.   Hey, Ho, the Wind & the Rain (Quilter)   Treble soloist: Paul Dutton
27.   The Call (Vaughan Williams: 5 Mystical Songs)   Treble soloist: Robin Blaze
28.   Abide with me ("Eventide") (Monk, words: Lyte)   Treble soloist: Robin Blaze
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Andrew Brough - Once Were Angels: The Tradition of Boy Trebles
Once Were Angels: The Tradition of Boy Trebles (Griffin GCCD 4040, CD) April 2003
Featuring Robin Blaze   Jeremy Bowyer   Andrew Brough   Dara Carroll   Michael Criswell   Peter Davey   James Davis   Paul Dutton   Michael Ginn   Thomas Hunt   Daniel Ludford-Thomas   Christopher Smith   Andrew Wicks  
Compiled by Stephen Beet, Donald Hunt, Roger Fisher and Andrew Johnson for the record label Griffin. Includes a 16 page booklet with full biographical notes & pictures.

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.
  1.   Linden Lea (Vaughan Williams)   Soloist: Andrew Wicks
  2.   I will give my love an apple   Soloist: Paul Dutton
  3.   Alleluya (Mozart)   Soloist: Andrew Wicks
  4.   O for the wings of a dove (Mendelssohn)   Soloist: Michael Ginn with the Choir of the Temple Church, London
  5.   Lark in the clear air (Trad)   Soloist: Dara Carroll
  6.    Der Musensohn (Schubert)   Soloist: Andrew Wicks
  7.    Orpheus with his lute (Sullivan)   Soloist: Paul Dutton
  8.   Laudamus te (Vivaldi)   Soloists: Thomas Hunt and Paul Dutton
  9.   Happy, Iphis, shalt thou live (Handel) (L)   Soloist: Jeremy Bowyer
10.   Shepherd's Song (Elgar)   Soloist: Paul Dutton
11.   Pie Jesu (Faure)   Soloist: Dara Carroll
12.   Skye Boat Song (Trad)   Soloist: Dara Carroll
13.   Let us wander not unseen (Purcell)   Soloists: Andrew Brough and Christopher Smith
14.   Fear no more the heat o' the sun (Quilter)   Soloist: Paul Dutton
15.   A grateful heart (Plumstead)   Soloist: Daniel Ludford-Thomas
16.   A song of wisdom (Stanford)   Soloist: Daniel Ludford-Thomas
17.   Be not afraid (Schutz)   Soloist: Michael Criswell
18.   Harke, harke, the Lark (Trad.)   Soloist: Michael Criswell
19.   Agnus Dei (Mozart)   Soloist: James Davis
20.   En Priere (Faure)   Soloist: Peter Davey
21.   Evening Hymn (Purcell)   Soloist: Peter Davey
22.   Drop, drop slow tears (Gibbons)   Soloist: Robin Blaze
23.   I got me flowers (Vaughan Williams)   Soloist: Robin Blaze
24.   I know that my redeemer liveth (Handel)   Soloist: Paul Dutton
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Andrew Brough - Popular Christmas Carols
Popular Christmas Carols (Abbey XMS 666, LP) 1969
Featuring Choir of St. Mary Warwick   Andrew Brough   Martin Harris   John Lewis   Michael Miller   Christopher Smith  
Directed by Geoffrey Holroyde With Edward Higginbottom (Organ)
  1.   While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (Este)  
  2.   Away In A Manger (Kirkpatrick)   Solo Andrew Brough (Treble)
  3.   The First Nowell (arr Willcocks)  
  4.   Silent Night (Gruber)  
  5.   God Rest You Merry Gentlemen (arr Willcocks)  
  6.   O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Traditional)  
  7.   O Come All Ye Faithful (arr Willcocks)  
  8.   Once In Royal David's City (Gauntlett)  
  9.   The Holly And The Ivy (arr. Walford Davies)   Duets 1.Andrew Brough And Michael Miller (Trebles)2.Christopher Smith and Martin Harris (Trebles)
10.   As With Gladness Men Of Old (Arr Willcocks)  
11.   Good King Wenceslas   Solos Goffrey Smith (Bass) and Christopher Smith (Treble)....Father and Son
12.   Ding Dong Merrily On High (arr Wood)  
13.   The Little Drummer Boy (Davis)   Soloist John Lewis (Treble)
14.   Rocking (arr Willcocks)  
15.   In The Bleak Mid Winter (Darke)  
16.   Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Mendelssohn)  
Andrew Brough - In Quires and Places ...
In Quires and Places ... (Abbey LPB 654, LP) 1968
Featuring In Quires and Places...   Choir of St. Mary Warwick   Andrew Brough   Martin Harris   Michael Miller   Christopher Smith  
Directed by Geoffrey Holroyde with Richard Scarth, Organ. This is the first of thirty recordings on the Abbey label from its "In Quires and Places..." series.
  1.   Rejoice in the Lord Alway (Anon.)  
  2.   O God, Thou art my God (Purcell)   with organ, virginals and cello
  3.   Magnificat (Kelly)  
  4.   Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep (Cooke)  
  5.   Pslams 24 and 67  
  6.   Sing a New Song to the Lord (Wills)  
  7.   Ascendit Deus (Philips)  
  8.   Lo! Star-led Chiefs (Crotch)  
  9.   I Saw the Lord (Stainer)  
10.   O Lorde, the Maker of al thing (Joubert)  
11.   City of God, how broad, how far  
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