Chapel Royal & The Musicians Extra-Ordinary
Children of the Chapel Royal
Alto: Michael McGuire, James Bowman
Tenor: Jerome Finnis, Andrew Tortise
Bass: Angus Wilson, Maciek O'Shea
Alto: David Gould (tracks 1 and 9 of Music for the Coronation of James II, 1685 only)
Violins: Catherine Martin (leader), Hannah Tibbell
Viola: Wiebke Thormahlen
'Cello (and continuo): Joseph Crouch
Cornetts: Jeremy West and Richard Thomas
Sackbut: Adrian France
Organ: Joseph Nolan (Sub-Organist, H.M.Chapel Royal)
Conductor: Andrew Gant (Organist, Choirmaster and Composer, H.M.Chapel Royal)
Andrew Gant was a choral scholar at St John's College, Cambridge under Dr George Guest. He was a professional singer for several years, including two years as a tenor Lay Vicar in the choir of Westminster Abbey. He has since held a number of posts as Organist and Choirmaster, including positions at Selwyn College, Cambridge, Worcester College, Oxford and The Royal Military Chapel (The Guards' Chapel), Wellington Barracks. In 2000 he took up his present position of Organist, Choirmaster and Composer at Her Majesty's Chapels Royal. Under his direction the choir has performed at a number of state events and other occasions as required by Her Majesty, has broadcast on BBC Radio and television and on Classic fm, and sung at the Proms. The choir has also worked closely with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Master of the Queen's Music, who has written four works specially for the choir and two other large-scale choral and orchestral works in which the choir has taken part.
Andrew Gant studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and Goldsmith's College, gaining a PhD in 2000. His compositions include several operas, including May we borrow your husband?, an a cappella opera commissioned by the Lichfield Festival, The Vision of Piers Plowman, an oratorio for the Three Choirs festival, works for James Bowman and Catrin Finch, A Hymn for the Golden Jubilee with Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, recorded by the choir of St Paul's Cathedral, works for children and choral music. His A British Symphony, based on the folk-music of the United Kingdom, has been commissioned for performance by the Brighton Philharmonic and Barry Wordsworth in February 2007. Current projects include an opera for Patricia Rozario, Don't go down the Elephant after Midnight.
Andrew Gant also holds the post of Stipendiary Lecturer in Music at St Peter's College and St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.