Andrew Smith (born 1970 in Liverpool, England) has lived in Norway since 1984. After completing studies in Music and English at the University of Oslo he worked for the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and as organist and choirmaster at the English church in Oslo. In addition to composing Andrew currently works for Norsk Korsenter, Norway’s only shop dealing exclusively in choral music.
Composing is something Andrew has been doing for as long as he can remember. It was not until after the Norwegian vocal group Trio Mediaeval had performed and recorded his Ave Maria and Regina Caeli in 2000, however, that his career began in earnest. Through Trio Mediæval Andrew came into contact with the male vocal quartet New York Polyphony who commissioned, with their musical adviser Malcolm Bruno, two works for their début CD I sing the birth (AV 2141). The critical acclaim with which this release was met encouraged the group to commission a further four pieces for their follow-up disc Tudor City, released in 2010, which reached no. 6 on the Classical Billboard Charts in the US. A new piece, Cunctipotens Genitor Deus, is due to be recorded on the group’s fourth CD in 2013.
Other commissions outside Norway include the cycle of pieces Mater Dei for the Girl Choristers of Washington National Cathedral, Venite Laudemus Dominum for the Vocalis Chamber Choir (Buffalo, NY)Laetabundus for the Scottish group Cappella Nova, Lamentation I-III for Sete Lágrimas (Portugal), and Lux illuxit laetabunda for the English choral magazine Choir and Organ.
In Norway, Andrew’s music has been commissioned and performed by many of the leading choirs, including Schola Cantorum, Kammerkoret NOVA, Grex Vocalis, Nidaros Cathedral Choir, The Norwegian Girls’ Choir, and Nidaros Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir. Autumn 2012 sees the first performance of Requiem for equal voices, organ and improvising trumpet commissioned by Nidaros Cathedral Girls Choir.
Andrew is a member of Consortium Vocale Oslo, a group specializing in Gregorian chant – a central source of inspiration in Andrew’s music.
Andrew’s works have been published by Norsk Musikforlag, Musikk-Husets Forlag and Oxford University Press.