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Singing Life After Boyhood

Aled Jones explores how boy singers make the transition to performing as an adult. He shares his own experiencs and talks to Graham Lough, son of treble Ernest.

It's a fate which stares every boy singer in the face: the breaking voice and inevitable end of a treble career. But how best to lay the foundation for singing as an adult? Aled Jones shares his own experiences with Graham Lough, son of the most celebrated treble of the twentieth century. Ernest Lough's record sales ran into the millions, and his selling power was so great that HMV was quick to renew its relationship with him as a baritone singer. Tonight, a chance to hear rare recordings from this second career as well as some of the much-treasured discs he made as a treble in the Choir at Temple Church in the City of London.

Plus, a round-up of choral talent from Norway and Finland including music from the Nidaros Cathedral Choir, established in the city of Trondheim more than 900 years ago.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Hear my prayer (extract)

    Performer: Ernest Lough (treble), Temple Church Choir, George Thalben-Ball (organ and director)

    • PEARL.
    • CD GEMM-9211.
  • Jenny Wilhelms

    Herr Olof arranged by Jaakko Mantyjarvi

    Performer: Talla Vocal Ensemble

    • Finlandia.
    • 2674 61484.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Elijah Op.70

    Performer: Ernest Lough (treble), Temple Church Choir, George Thalben-Ball (organ and director)

    • PEARL.
    • GEMM CD-9211.
  • William Henry Monk

    Abide with me

    Performer: Ernest Lough (baritone), Temple Church Choir, George Thalben-Ball (organ and director)

    • HMP.
    • LP.
  • Trad.

    Psalm 23 (setting by Thomas Attwood Walmisley) & Psalm 121 (setting by Henry Walford Davie

    Performer: Ernest Lough (baritone), Ian Le Grice (treble), Temple Church Choir, George Thalben-Ball (director)

    • HMV.
    • CSD-1415.
  • George Thalben Ball

    Evening Canticles - Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

    Performer: Ernest Lough (Baritone), Temple Church Choir, George Thalben-Ball (director)

    • HMV.
    • CSD-1415.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Lobgesang (Symphony no.2) Op.52

    Performer: Ernest Lough (treble), Ronald Mallett (treble), Temple Church Choir, George Thalben-Ball (director)

    • PEARL.
    • CD-9211.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Zigeunerlieder Op.103 - selection

    Conductor: Grete Pederson Performer: Norwegian Soloists Choir

    • BIS.
    • SACD-1869.
  • Traditional folk song

    Yonder my Sweetheart

    Arranger: Bo Holten Performer: Talla Vocal Ensemble

    • Finlandia.
    • 2674 61484.
  • William Walton

    Coronation Te Deum

    Conductor: Christopher Robinson Performer: Christopher Whitton (organ), St John's College Cambridge Choir

    • NAXOS.
    • 85579-3.
  • Torbjorn Dryud

    Du, med det skarpe sverd

    Performer: Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir, performer: Vivianne Sydnes (director)

    • 2L.
    • 072 SACD.
  • Cristóbal de Morales

    Missa si bona suscepimus - Credo

    Conductor: Peter Philips Performer: Tallis Scholars

    • GIMELL.
    • CDGIM 033.
  • Geirr Tveitt

    Vi skal ikkje sova bort sumarnatta arranged by G Eriksson

    Performer: Oslo Chamber Choir. Arve Henriksen (trumpet)

    • Grappa.
    • GRCD-4067.

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