Songs of Tony Noakes

Gordon Pullin (tenor) and John Cooper (piano)

Tony Noakes, John Cooper and Gordon Pullin

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TONY NOAKES was born in London in 1935; his parents were good amateur singers. An architect by profession, a composer by avocation, he studied harmony with Hugh Wood and composition with Jeremy Dale‑Roberts at Morley College, and later had valuable advice from Alan Bush. His compositions include about three hundred songs, a Quaker Requiem, carols and other works for unaccompanied choir, nine piano sonatas and other instrumental works.

 Since 1998 he has lived mainly in Western Australia.

He has sung in the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber and other choirs. While in the Quaker Festival Choir, for performances and a recording of Tony Biggin's 'The Fire and the Hammer', he met Gordon Pullin who was singing the solo part, which is how he came to ask him to record some of his own songs.

This CD includes settings of Christina Rossetti, Byron, Kipling, Hardy, Edward Thomas and the song cycle 'A Shining Place' to poems by Louie Horne.

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