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  Michael Deason-Barrow    (b. 1953) Boy Soprano Soloist 
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Michael Deason-Barrow Michael Deason-Barrow recorded most of the pieces on "Music in Salisbury Cathedral" in March 1965 when he just reached his 12th birthday. Coming from a family which has had many members in choirs for generations, he joined the cathedral choir as one of the 16 choristers at the end of 1963, having before this sung in the Parish church choirs of Wootton Bassett and Christ Church, Swindon. During his three years at Salisbury he made a number of records, broadcasts and television appearances. The tracks on "Solos from Messiah" were recorded in the summer of 1966 when he was 13. Currently Director of the Tonalis Centre, he has taught at all levels, from Universities to Head of Music in both Comprehensive and Waldorf Schools to Music Therapist in Special Needs Education. He is a master singing teacher and an inspirational choir trainer: an innovator who has spent twenty years giving courses all over the world promoting a new vision of music. He has a wide background as a performer: from art song recitals to singing in early music consorts and folk groups to co-creating music for sacred places and free improvisation voicings. He has studied with great masters like Peter Pears and Jürgen Schriefer, and gained invaluable insights from his extensive research into fields as diverse as Gregorian Chant and World Vocal Techniques. All this - along with his open questioning mind - has enabled him to extend the boundaries of musical understanding and develop unique and uplifting music courses. Increasingly he is being recognised for being that rare exponent in music, an expert with a universal attitude, a specialist equally at home with both professionals and non-specialists.
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Michael Deason-Barrow - Music in Salisbury Cathedral
Music in Salisbury Cathedral (Lyrichord Stereo LLST 7174, LP) 1966
Featuring Michael Deason-Barrow   Salisbury Cathedral Choir  
Director:- Christopher Dearnley. Also on: Lyrichord Mono LL 174. Oryx Stereo 1806.
  1.   O Lord rebuke me not (Byrd)  
  2.   The sun shall be no more (Greene)  
  3.   Turn thy face from my sins (Attwood)  
  4.   Laudate Dominum (Mozart)  
  5.   Ye now are sorrowful (Brahms)  
  6.   O Give Thanks (S.S. Wesley)  
  7.   Pie Jesu (Faure)  
  8.   Evening Service in G (Stanford)  
  9.   Nunc Dimittis in G (Stanford)  
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Michael Deason-Barrow - Solos From Messiah
Solos From Messiah (Abbey E7612, 45rpm Single) 1967
Featuring Michael Deason-Barrow  
  1.   I Know That My Redeemer Liveth  
  2.   Come Unto Him  
  3.   Dido's Lament  
Michael Deason-Barrow - Hear My Prayer
Hear My Prayer (Oxford EAPR 366, 45rpm Single)
Featuring Michael Deason-Barrow  
  1.   Hear My Prayer  
  2.   O For he Wings of a Dove  
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Salisbury Cathedral Choir & Organ Archive Recordings -Volume 2 (SCS 276502, CD)
Featuring Salisbury Cathedral Choir   Michael Deason-Barrow   Andrew Townsend (non-treble)  
Not commercially released.
Tracks 1-8 A Talk followed by Organ Music played by Sir Walter Alcock (Organist 1917-1947)
Tracks 9-15 From Dr Douglas Guest's Timne as Organist (1950-1957)
Tracks 16-18 From Dr Christopher Dearnley's Time as Organist (1957-1968)
Tracks 19-20 Two Songs written for Reunion Festivals at the Salisbury Choristers' School
  1.   The Salisbury Cathedral Organ:A Brief Talk (Alcock)  
  2.   Reverie In E Flat (Lemare)   Organ Solo Played by Sir Walter Alcock
  3.   Idyll In D Flat (Faulkes)   Organ Solo played by Sir Walter Alcock
  4.   Verset In F (Guilmant )   Organ Solo played By Sir Walter Alcock
  5.   Liebster Jesu Wir Sind Hier (Bach)   Organ Solo played by Sir Walter Alcock
  6.   Liebster Jesu Wir Sind Hier (Continued) (Bach)   Organ Solo played by Sir Walter Alcock
  7.   Fanrasia & Fugue In C Minor (Bach)   Organ Solo played by Sir Walter Alcock
  8.   Fantasia & Fugue In C Minor (Continued) (Bach)   Organ Solo played by Sir Walter Alcock
  9.   O Lord Give Thy Holy Spirit (Tallis)  
10.   Haec Dies (Byrd)  
11.   My Lord, My Life, My Love (Gibbons)  
12.   A Verse Of Three Parts (Tomkins)   Organ Solo played by Christopher Dearnley
13.   Magnificat For 5 Voiced (Weelkes)  
14.   Nunc Dimittis For 5 Voices (Weelkes)  
15.   Holy Holy Holy (Tomkins)  
16.   O God Of My Righteousness (Greene)  
17.   Turn Thee Unto Me O Lord (Boyce)  
18.   O Give Thanks Unto The Lord (Wesley)   Soloist Michael Deason-Barrow (Treble)
19.   Carmen Familiare (Wilshire)   Soloists Andrew Townsend (Chorister 1968-1973) and Nicholas Unwin (Chorister 1984-1990)
20.   A Song Of Salisbury (Hart)   Soloist Howard Shelton (Chorister 1972-1977)
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