Andrew Smith born in Liverpool in 1970, is a composer whose works include settings of Ave Maria, Regina caeli, Ave Maris stella, Veni redemptor gentium, Flos regalis virginalis (based on one of the Worcester Fragments) and Magnificat à 4. He has written works for Trio Mediaeval and New York Polyphony. He is published by OUP as well as by Norsk Musikforlag and Musikk-Husets Forlag.
Andrew Smith settled in Norway in 1984. He has worked for the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and as choirmaster of Oslo's English Church. He currently works for the Norwegian music publishers Norsk Musikforlag in Oslo.
Andrew Smith's music has been performed by leading Norwegian choirs including Ensemble 96, Schola Cantorum (Norwegian choir), Grex Vocalis, Kammerkoret NOVA, The Norwegian Girls Choir, and cathedral choirs in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. His work has been commissioned and performed abroad by, among others, Trio Mediaeval (Norway), New York Polyphony, the Girl Choristers of Washington National Cathedral, Sete Lágrimas (Portugal), Cappella Nova (Scotland), Lorelei Ensemble (Boston, USA), and The District Eight (New York, USA).
Recent works include Requiem (2012) for equal voices, organ and improvising trumpet which was premiered in Trondheim and subsequently at three venues in the UK by Arve Henriksen, Ståle Storløkken and Choralia (dir. Christopher Finch). Gothic Voices (UK) commissioned Stond wel, Moder under Rode which was premiered in London in March 2015.
Autumn/winter 2017 sees the premier performance of four new works: Spor for Det norske jentekor (The Norwegian Girls' Choir) to a commissioned text by Sarah Camille Ramin Osmundsen; Til Foraaret, a setting of a poem written by Norwegian poet Henrik Wergeland on his deathbed; LUX for Trio Mediaeval and Nils Økland; and Et ecce terrae motus II for Oslo Cathedral Choir and Gothic Voices.
Andrew's composition Veni, O Oriens was one of the 10 winning entries of the ORTUS INternational New Music Competition and will be performedon 23 September by New York chamber choir Khorikos.
5 November 2017 sees a new performance of the Requiem in Trondheim's Nidaros Cathedral by Nidarosdomens jentekor (Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir) featuring Arve Henriksen and Ståle Storløkken.Spor, Trøst, Gnist (2017) (SSAA) Words: Sarah Camille Ramin Osmundsen. Commissioned by Det norske jentekor
Til Foraaret (2017) (SATB) Words: Henrik Wergeland. Commissioned by Grex Vocalis
Et ecce terrae motus I (2017) (SATB+MezTBar) Commissioned for Oslo Cathedral Choir and Gothic Voices
Salvator mundi (2016) (SSATBarB) Commissioned by the choir of St Barnabas' Church, Ottawa
Crux fidelis (2016) (SATB div.)
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun (2015) (TTBB) Commissioned by Den norske Studentersangforening, Oslo
Hodie Christus natus est (2015) (ATBarB with harp intro) Commissioned by Consortium Vocale Oslo
Oimè il bel viso (2015) (SSATB) Commissioned by Grex Vocalis
Stand wel, Moder, under rode (2015) (MezTTB) Commissioned by Gothic Voices
Tre latinske salmer (2015) (SATB and strings) Commissioned for Cathedra, Washington National Cathedral
Amid a crowd of stars (2014) (SATB or ATBarB solo and SATB choir) Commissioned for New York Polyphony and Trinity Univ. Chamber Singers, USA
An die Musik (2014) (SSATBB div.)
Songs of Solomon (2013) (Sinfonietta/SSA) Commissioned by Kristiansund Kirke Kulturakademi
Lasciatemi morire (2013) (SSATBB div.) Commissioned by Kammerkoret NOVA, Oslo
Zefiro torna (2013) (SSATBB div.) Commissioned by Kammerkoret NOVA, Oslo
Requiem (2012) (Improvising trumpet/organ/choir SSA div.) Commissioned by Nidaros Cathedral Girls Choir