Andrew Wicks was born in 1963. Early school reports recommended his entry for cathedral voice trials, and in 1971, Dr. John Birch accepted him as a probationer at Chichester; and he entered the Prebendal school. He became Head Chorister in 1976, and around this time Andrew first performed as a soloist in his own right, with two lunchtime recitals with Dr. Birch in Chichester Cathedral, attracting record attendances.
In 1977 Andrew went on to Eastbourne College where he continued his solo and recording work. Andrew made his last treble recording for the BBC in January 1978.
He later became a choral scholar at Durham University where he graduated in music. Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music for four years, and returned to Glyndebourne as a tenor (singing Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte, 1996) and now has a busy solo career in Concert and Opera.
He lives in Sussex and is married with three children.
Andrew Wicks Recorded in the Organ Room at Glyndebourne after Andrew had left Chichester, with accompaniments by John Birch at the piano and in Schubert's "Shepherd on the Rock" with clarinet obbligato by Lee Stevenson. In his review ("The Gramophone" Aug. 1977, p. 332) Stanley Webb wrote: "He has a beautiful voice right through its range, sings fluently in English, German and Italian, and brings an intelligent approach to every piece." Adding that it requires an adult singer to bring out the full piquancy and emotional depth of some songs, the review continues: "Art and voice were best matched . . . in Rutland Boughton's always delightful 'Faery Song' and in the incomparable 'Voi che sapete' in which he seemed a plausible Cherubino. John Birch . . . gives unfailing compfort and support with his judicious piano accompaniments."
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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.