Andrew Carter (composer)

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Andrew Carter (born 1939) is an English composer, conductor and arranger.

Biography[edit]

Born in Wigston Magna, Leicestershire, Carter studied music at the University of Leeds, before moving to York and joining the choir at the Minster as a bass. Whilst there, in 1965 he founded the Chapter House Choir, a mixed voice ensemble that achieved national renown under his direction of seventeen years. After spending a year conducting and adjudicating in New Zealand (1984), he returned to England to focus on composition.

The Oxford University Press have published more than fifty of his compositions over a period of association spanning twenty-five years. The famous Nine Lessons and Carols service broadcast annually on the BBC by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, has included several of his carols, including A maiden most gentle and Mary's Magnificat.

A notable moment in Carter's musical career was a commission in 1997 to write a mass (Missa Sancti Pauli) for the tercentenary celebration of St Paul's Cathedral in London. In 2007, he composed a 22-variation Passacaglia for organ to mark the 90th birthday of the former York Minster organist Francis Jackson.

He travels extensively in Europe and Australia and New Zealand as a choral director.

Compositions[edit]

Choral works[edit]

  • A maiden most gentle
  • An Affirmation
  • Mary's Magnificat
  • Christ is the morning star
  • Benedicite
  • Te Deum
  • Musick's Jubilee
  • Horizons
  • Song of Stillness
  • Laudate Dominum
  • The Southwell Service
  • Missa Sancti Pauli
  • The Light of the World
  • Hodie Christus natus est
  • Rejoice in the Lord alway (2001)

Organ works[edit]

  • Organ Concerto (2005)
  • Toccata on Veni Emmanuel
  • Passacaglia (2007)

Other works[edit]

  • Three Nonsensical Songs for upper voices and orchestra
  • A Little Suite for Heather for Treble Recorder and Piano (Forsyth Publishing)

References[edit]