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Norris, David Owen (piano)
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David Owen Norris (piano)

David Owen Norris’s optimistic temperament has led him to sample many facets of the musical world. He’s been a repetiteur at the Royal Opera House, Artistic Director of the Cardiff Festival, Chairman of the Steans Institute for Singers at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Gresham Professor of Music in the City of London, a presenter of many musical series on BBC Radios 3 and 4, and – thanks to a mishearing on the telephone – harpist for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was an organ scholar at Oxford University, which he left with a First, a composition scholarship and a funny accent.

He studied in Paris and Vienna, and he spent eighteen years as student, scholar and professor at the Royal Academy of Music. Resigning by accident, he spent the better part of a decade in America as the first Gilmore Artist, a ‘stealth’ award that crept up on him all unbeknowing. The twenty-first century finds him a Research Fellow at Southampton University (where he discovered that the World’s First Piano Concerto was written by the Fattest Man in England) and a Professor at the Royal College of Music.


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A Treasury of English Song
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Complete works available for download

Wimbledon Idyllwith Catherine Bott (soprano)
Let's go and live in the countrywith Catherine Bott (soprano)
WILLIAM BOYCE (1711-1779)
The Pleasures of Spring Gardens, Vauxhallwith Catherine Bott (soprano)
SIR NOËL COWARD (1899-1973)
London Pridewith Catherine Bott (soprano)
HARRY DACRE (1860-1922)
While London's fast asleepwith Catherine Bott (soprano)
Five Am'rous Sighswith Catherine Bott (soprano)
Business Girlswith Catherine Bott (soprano)
They're changing guard at Buckingham Palacewith Catherine Bott (soprano)
A foggy day in London townwith Catherine Bott (soprano)
MURIEL HERBERT (1897-1984)
Autumnwith James Gilchrist (tenor)
Cradle songwith Ailish Tynan (soprano)
David's lament for Jonathanwith James Gilchrist (tenor)
Faint heart in a railway trainwith James Gilchrist (tenor)
Have you seen but a white lily grow?with James Gilchrist (tenor)
Horsemenwith James Gilchrist (tenor)
How beautiful is nightwith James Gilchrist (tenor)
I dare not ask a kissewith James Gilchrist (tenor)
I hear an army chargingwith James Gilchrist (tenor)
I think on thee in the nightwith Ailish Tynan (soprano)
In the days of Novemberwith Ailish Tynan (soprano)
Jenny kiss'd mewith James Gilchrist (tenor)
Jour des morts 'Cimetière Montparnasse'with Ailish Tynan (soprano)
Lean out of the windowwith James Gilchrist (tenor)
Loveliest of treeswith James Gilchrist (tenor)
Love's secretwith James Gilchrist (tenor)
Most Holy Nightwith James Gilchrist (tenor)
MS of Benedictbeuernwith James Gilchrist (tenor)
On a timewith James Gilchrist (tenor)
Renouncementwith Ailish Tynan (soprano)
Rose kissed me todaywith James Gilchrist (tenor)
She weeps over Rahoonwith Ailish Tynan (soprano)
Six songs for childrenwith Ailish Tynan (soprano)
Songwith James Gilchrist (tenor)
Tewkesbury Roadwith James Gilchrist (tenor)
The crimson rosewith James Gilchrist (tenor)
The Lake Isle of Innisfreewith James Gilchrist (tenor)
The lost nightingalewith James Gilchrist (tenor)
To daffodilswith James Gilchrist (tenor)
Violetswith James Gilchrist (tenor)
When Death to either shall comewith James Gilchrist (tenor)
Chalk Farm to Camberwell Greenwith Catherine Bott (soprano)
Big Ben Blueswith Catherine Bott (soprano)
Mayfair merry-go-roundwith David Owen Norris (baritone)
BENNETT SCOTT (1871-1930)
Take me in a Taxi, Joewith Catherine Bott (soprano)
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Squarewith Catherine Bott (soprano)
A Shropshire Ladwith David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)
Maudwith David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)
DONALD SWANN (1923-1994)
Joyful Noisewith Catherine Bott (soprano)
Rhymewith Catherine Bott (soprano)
A Room in Bloomsburywith Catherine Bott (soprano)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A foggy day in London town (Gershwin)
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (Sherwin)
A Room in Bloomsbury (Wilson)
A Shropshire Lad (Somervell)
Acorn and willow  
All these dismal looks and fretting  
At nine in the morning there passed a church  
Autumn (Herbert)
Baby, baby dear  
Between your sheets you soundly sleep  
Big Ben Blues (Norris)
Business Girls (Dring)
Chalk Farm to Camberwell Green (Monckton)
Cradle song (Herbert)
David's lament for Jonathan (Herbert)
Faint heart in a railway train (Herbert)
Faire Daffadills, we weep to see  
Finish! Finish, these Languours make me sick  
Five Am'rous Sighs (Dove)
God set a crimson rose upon your mouth  
Have you seen but a white lily grow? (Herbert)
Horsemen (Herbert)
How beautiful is night (Herbert)
I cannot lose thee for a day  
I dare not ask a kisse (Herbert)
I hear an army charging (Herbert)
I must not think of thee  
I think on thee in the night (Herbert)
I will arise and go now  
In the days of November (Herbert)
In the dell are camped the gypsies  
It always seems funny  
It is good to be out on the road  
Jack Spratt  
Jenny kiss'd me (Herbert)
Jour des morts 'Cimetière Montparnasse' (Herbert)
Joyful Noise (Swann)
Kitten of course is the small for cat  
Lean out of the window (Herbert)
Let's go and live in the country (Bennett)
London Pride (Coward)
Loveliest of trees (Herbert)
Love's secret (Herbert)
Low in thy grave with thee  
Maud (Somervell)
Mayfair merry-go-round (Norris)
Most Holy Night (Herbert)
MS of Benedictbeuern (Herbert)
My heart still hovering round about you  
Never seek to tell thy love  
On a time (Herbert)
Rain on Rahoon falls softly  
Renouncement (Herbert)
Rhyme (Walton)
Rose kissed me today (Herbert)
Round, round, round goes the merry-go-round  
She weeps over Rahoon (Herbert)
Six songs for children (Herbert)
So by my singing am I comforted  
Song (Herbert)
Sweetheart, is this the last of all our posies?  
Take me in a Taxi, Joe (Scott)
Tewkesbury Road (Herbert)
The acorn that we planted will grow into a tree  
The bunny  
The crimson rose (Herbert)
The gypsies  
The Lake Isle of Innisfree (Herbert)
The lost nightingale (Herbert)
The Pleasures of Spring Gardens, Vauxhall (Boyce)
The tadpole  
There is a wind where the rose was  
They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace (Fraser-Simson)
Tis but a week since down the glen  
To daffodils (Herbert)
Venus, take my votive glass  
Violets (Herbert)
When Death to either shall come (Herbert)
While London's fast asleep (Dacre)
Whoever stole you from that bush of broom  
Wimbledon Idyll (Kit and the Widow)

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