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  Trevor Schofield    (b. 21 Mai 1915) Boy Soprano Soloist 
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Trevor Schofield C.M. Crabtree in "The Gramophone" says of DB5469 that Schofield is not at his best; of his singing on DB5258 he commented "this is the first boy who has shown us the real top notes in which boys revel; also natural ability", but of DB5528 he writes that it is "like a bad dream. This boy sings like a soubrette . . we have reached rock bottom." (Issues of Dec., Feb. & Oct. 1929 respectively.) For contrasting views see other reviews quoted below.
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Featured Recordings Compact | Full
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Hymns: Lead, Kindly Light / Hymn of the Homeland (Columbia DB.223 (10-inch), 78 RPM) Oktober 1930
Featuring Trevor Schofield  
A: Lead, kindly Light (wds [3 vv.] John Henry Newman (1801-90), wr. 1833, publ. as "Faith", no. 2 of "Lyra apostolica, no. IX" in "British Magazine and Monthly Register of Religious and Ecclesiastical Information" V (1 Feb. 1834), pp. 153-156" - tune "Sandon" by Charles Henry Purday (1799-1885), publ. London, 1860 in "Routledge's Church and Home Metrical Psalter and Hymnal", p. 161)
B: Hymn of the Homeland (incipit: The Homeland! O the Homeland!) (wds Hugh Reginald Haweis (1838-1901), wr. 1855 - music Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900), 1867)
Both rec. 1930? with organ accomp.
  Side A -   Lead, kindly light (Hymn)  
  Side B -   Hymn of the Homeland  
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Fairlie: He shall sustain thee / The Lord is thy Keeper (Columbia DB.5469 (10-inch), 78 RPM) November 1929
Featuring Trevor Schofield  
Two sacred songs by Mabel Browning Fairlie (fl. 1914-29)
A: He shall sustain thee (Book of Psalms) (c.1926) (matrix WA8989-2)
B: The Lord is thy Keeper (1927) (WA8990-1)
Rec. May 1929 with piano accomp.
  Side A -   He shall sustain thee (Fairlie)  
  Side B -   The Lord is thy Keeper (Fairlie)  
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Drummond: Pierrot at the Dance / Adams: A Song of Long Ago (Columbia DB.5528 (10-inch), 78 RPM) Oktober 1929
Featuring Trevor Schofield  
A: Pierrot at the Dance (incipit: They were dancing in the moon-light, just Pierrette and young Pierrot.) (song: wds Edward F. Lockton (c.1876-1940) - music Frederick Drummond (fl. 1914-30), 1923) (matrix WA8987-2)
B: A Song of Long Ago (incipit: The tender little songs of long ago are best.) (song: wds Douglas Furber (1885-1961) - music Archie Emmett Adams (Australian songwriter, d. 1938), 1920) (WA8988-1)
Both rec. 9 May 1929 with piano accompaniment. Retailed at 3/=.

Review by C.M. Crabtree in The Gramophone (Oct. 1929, p. 206): "like a bad dream. This boy sings like a soubrette . . . we have reached rock bottom."
This assessment is all too true, as can be heard on the two Amphion CDs "The Better Land" vols. 4 & 5.

A contrasting view comes from the reviewers of the London journal The Sound Wave (Oct. 1929, pp. 592 & 614) where we read of "the golden-voiced boy soprano"; "a clever boy singer whose pleasing voice and tasteful singing have quickly won him general favour."

"[He] is a choir boy with a nice liquid voice, and he has had excellent tuition. Fortunately, the powers that be have not overburdened him with music beyond his education on this record, and his jolly little flute-like tones are all that are required in the two songs here recorded. Let us hope that, when he grows older, he will be able to sing something more important. In the meantime, mothers who hear the disc cannot help but describe him as a 'dear'."
(Review in Gramophone and Talking Machine News [London], October 1929, p. 375.)
  Side A -   Pierrot at the Dance (Drummond)  
  Side B -   A Song of Long Ago (Adams)  
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Coates: Bird Songs at Eventide / Harding: "Good Night" said the cuckoo (Columbia DB.5258 (10-inch), 78 RPM) Februar 1929
Featuring Trevor Schofield  
A: Bird Songs at Eventide (song: wds Royden Barrie (pseud. of Harry Rodney Bennett (1890-1948)) - music Eric Coates (1886-1957), 1926) (matrix WA8258-2, prob. rec. 21 Dec. 1928)
B: "Good Night" said the cuckoo (song: wds & music Phyllis B. Harding, 1921) (WA8259-1, rec. 21 Dec. 1928)
Both with piano accompaniment. Retailed at 3/=.
Harding's song is available on Amphion CD "The Better Land" vol. 1.

Review by C.M. Crabtree in The Gramophone (Apl. 1929, p. 496): "this is the first boy who has shown us the real top notes in which boys revel; also natural ability."

"An unusual and very pleasing treble. (Why is it always 'boy soprano' nowadays?) He sings with the sophistication of a mature prima-donna, perhaps a little too much for a boy, and he is inclined, in Bird Songs to 'scoop.' It is, however, a rather remarkable performance."
(Review in The Sound Wave [London], Apl. 1929, p. 228.)

". . . a rather thin, but nicely-trained voice and a real sense of pitch. . . [these pieces are] sung clearly enough and with an engagingly artless air."
(From a review in Gramophone and Talking Machine News [London], April 1929, p. 136.)
  Side A -   Bird Songs at Eventide (Coates)  
  Side B -   "Good Night" said the cuckoo (P.B. Harding)  
Other Recordings Compact | Full
Trevor Schofield - 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) Oktober 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
Email   Purchase from the producer, Stephen Beet You can order the Better Land CDs directly from producer Stephen Beet for £10.00 plus post and packing. £55 for the set of 6 CD's (which includes, as a special offer, Stephen R. Beet's book "The Better land - in search of the lost boy sopranos" E-mail for postage quotes: StephenRBeet@gmail.com PayPal address: beetstphn@aol.com Please make cheques payable to "Stephen Beet".
Trevor Schofield - 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) Juli 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
Email   Available from the producer at £10 plus postage, or £55 plus postage for the set of 6 CD's (which includes as a special offer Stephen R. Beet's book "The Better Land - in search of the lost boy sopranos" Contact StephenRBeet@gmail.com Paypal: beetstphn@aol.com
Trevor Schofield - The Better Land - Great Boy Sopranos Recorded 1914-1944
The Better Land - Great Boy Sopranos Recorded 1914-1944 (Amphion PHI CD 158, CD) 1999
Featuring The Better Land Series   Denis Barthel   John Bonner   Master Gordon Carter   Master (Arthur) Iwan Davies   Master Leslie Day   Frederick (John) Firth   Robert Harris   Aled Jones   Derrick Jones   Walter Lawrence   Trevor Schofield   Morris Stevens   Thomas Tweedy   Denis Wright  
The celebrated series of CD albums featuring the boy sopranos of the past. This volume is now deleted but replaced by the double CD volume The Better Land Volumes 1 & 2. See above.
  1.   The Better Land (Hemans-Cowen) (L)   Denis Wright
  2.   I Hear You Calling Me (Harford-Marshall) (L)   Leslie Day
  3.   He was Despised (Handel) (L)   Denis Barthel
  4.   Who is Sylvia? (Schubert ­ arr. Geehl)   Robert Harris
  5.   O Lord Whose Mercies Numberless (Handel) (L)   Frederick Firth
  6.   Somewhere a Voice is Calling(Newton & Tate)   John Bonner
  7.   God Shall Wipe Away all Tears(Sullivan) (L)   Morris Stevens
  8.   O For the Wings of a Dove (Mendelssohn) (L)   Gordon Carter
  9.   Serenade (Schubert)   Frederick Firth
10.   Smilin' Through (Arthur A. Penn) (L)   Derrick Jones
11.   Spring Morning (Carey)   Walter Lawrence
12.   If there were dreams to sell (Ireland) (L)   Frederick Firth
13.   Christopher Robin is saying his prayers (Milne- Fraser-Simson) (L)   Denis Wright
14.   By an Old Abbey Door (Towers, Leon, Nicholls)   Thomas Tweedy
15.   Goodnight Said the Cuckoo (P.B. Harding)   Trevor Schofield
16.   O Little Town of Bethlehem (H. Walford Davies) (L)   Denis Barthel
17.   The Last Rose of Summer (Thomas Moore) (L)   Denis Wright
18.   My Heart Ever Faithful (Bach) (L)   Frederick Firth
19.   Nymphs & Shepherds (Purcell)   John Bonner
20.   Market Square (Fraser-Simpson) (L)   Denis Wright
21.   The Holy City (Adams Weatherley) (L)   Iwan Davies
22.   For you alone (P.J.O'Reilly-Henry Geehl) (L)   Leslie Day
Email   Purchase from Stephen Beet Individual CD's £10 each plus postage. The Better Land set of 6 CD's is available from StephenRBeet@gmail.com Price £55 plus postage. Included in this offer is a FREE copy of "The Better Land - In search of the Lost Boy Sopranos" (retail value £10) Paypal address: beetstphn@aol.com
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