Biography of Carter Andrew:
Andrew Carter was born in 1939 in Leicester, England. After reading a music degree at Leeds University, he sang bass for seven years in the daily services at York Minster, while directing music in various schools. In 1965 Andrew founded the mixed voice Chapter House Choir at York Minster. During his seventeen-year conductorship, the group became nationally well known. Following a year of conducting and adjudicating in New Zealand in 1984, he returned to York with his family to concentrate on composition. Many of Andrew's early choral arrangements are published by Banks of York. Over the last twenty years Oxford University Press have published more than fifty of his pieces. A maiden most gentle is amongst several of his carols to be included in the Christmas Eve broadcast from King's College, Cambridge. Of the six larger scale commissions for choir, soloists and orchestra, Benedicite has been very widely performed on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Antipodes. Musick's Jubilee, Horizons and Laudate Dominum were premiered by British choral societies, while Te Deum and Song of Stillness were commissioned by American choirs. In the field of church music Missa Sancti Pauli was commissioned for the 1997 tercentenary celebrations of Wren's St Paul's Cathedral where it has become part of the regular repertoire. Oxford also publishes a number of Andrew's anthems commissioned by English college and cathedral choirs as well as by American church choirs. Amongst several organ titles, Toccata on Veni Emmanuel was premiered by John Scott. As a composer and choir director he travels extensively in the United States, where the art galleries and 32 flavours of ice cream prove irresistible attractions.