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Mike Brewer

Living in: England

Recognised as a leading fugure in the choral world, Mike Brewer is in demand in Britain and worldwide for vocal and conducting workshops and guest conducting of choirs. His annual tours include the USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, Venezuela, and, in 2010, Poland and Slovakia. He is an adviser on world music to the IFCM and assessor to Mexico's choral programme.

Mike is a consultant for over 20 prize-winning UK choirs, and serves as adjudicator in international competitions. In 2008, Mike led BBC workshops for Last Choir Standing.

Mike became musical director of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in 1983 and is deeply passionate about the choirs. Mike's recordings with NYC senior choir and with Laudibus, the 18 voice chamber choir, have won many awards. Mike Brewer's books for Fabermusic include the best-selling 'Kickstart your Choir', 'Warm ups', 'Improve Your Sightsinging (with Paul Harris)' and 'Finetune your Choir'. Hamba Lulu, his set of African songs is performed worldwide, and has over 100 versions on You Tube to date. Mike wrote the song and prepared conductors for the Olympic.


Groups directed - National Youth Choir of Great Britain

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Laudibus : Ralph Vaughn Williams - A Cappella : 1 CD : Mike Brewer : 34074

Laudibus : Ralph Vaughn Williams - A Cappella

Mike Brewer and his award-winning chamber choir Laudibus have unearthed some rare and precious gems in this recording of a cappella choral music by one of England's best-loved composers. Little-known works both early and late nestle alongside repertory staples such as the glorious Mass in G minor in a program that puts Vaughan Williams' indebtedness to both the sacred and secular instincts of his Elizabethan predecessors on display.

Songlist: The Souls of the Righteous, Greensleeves, Three Shakespeare Songs, Prayer to the Father of Heaven, Mass in G minor, O Vos Omnes, Ca' the yowes, Love Is a Sickness, Three Elizabethan Part Songs, Silence and Music, Hearts Music

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2064c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella

National Youth Choir of Great Britain : Songs of the Baltic Sea : 1 CD : Mike Brewer : DPH 34052

National Youth Choir of Great Britain : Songs of the Baltic Sea

East meets West on this new recording as two great singing traditions are brought together, to thrilling effect. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the three Baltic states have emerged as powerhouses of choral innovation and imagination. Mike Brewer and the NYCGB bring all their customary fervour and virtuosity to bear on this programme of masterworks from three of Europe's smallest, yet musically richest, countries.

Songlist: Tau Bet Kokios Sutemos, Lacrimosa, Hyme a St. Martin, Calling Up, A Shoe For The Stone Horse, There Should Have Been, Magic, Earth, Glory, Holy Evening, Guessing Song, O, Kalyudka!, Spring Is Coming, To the Newborn Christ, Cantus Maris Baltici

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2090c | 1 CD | $16.95

National Youth Choir of Great Britain : British Choral Music : 1 CD : Mike Brewer : 011

National Youth Choir of Great Britain : British Choral Music

The British choral music featured on this CD is dynamic. The opening Requiem by Priaulx Rainier is for tenor solo and unaccompanied choir. This very demanding piece was first performed by Peter Pears and the Purcell Singers. Based on the poem by David Gascoyne, the piece was written for the future victims of World War II. On A Deserted Shore, by Francis Routh, for soprano solo, double choir, semi-chorus, two pianos and percussion is a lament on the death of a loved one. The Three Partsongs by Alan Rawsthorne are also incredibly gorgeous. These incredibly difficult pieces are superbly performed by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, conducted by Michael Brewer. The featured soloists are Eileen Hulse, soprano and Mark Wilde, tenor

Songlist: Requiem, Part I, Part II, Part III, On a Deserted Shore, Andanta, Allegro, Vivace, Passacaglia, Andante maestoso, Three Partsongs, A Rose for Lidice (1956), The Oxen (1965), Canzonet (1953)

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7178c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella

National Youth Choir of Great Britain : Madrigals and Partsongs : 1 CD : Mike Brewer : 622

National Youth Choir of Great Britain : Madrigals and Partsongs

The music of Robert L. de Pearsall and Charles Wood is not very well known today, but definitely deserves a listen. Pearsall was a former lawyer who gave up the law after a stroke. He became interested in early music, particularly 16th century counterpoint. Wood is mainly known for his church music, but was very interested in secular music as well. The madrigals and part songs featured are quite nice and would be of interest to any choir looking for something different. They are wonderfully performed here by the very talented National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

Songlist: Summer is y-coming in, Great God of love, Nights of music, The whispering waves, The widow bird, If love be dead, Come, sleep, Song for a dance, As the moon's soft splendor, When thou art nigh, A clear midnight, How dear to me, The nymph's fawn, Hence away, begone!, Full fathom five, Music, when soft voices die, How sweet the tuneful bells, When winds that move not, Light of my soul, Lay a garland

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7179c | 1 CD | $18.98 | A Cappella

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