Carter was born in 1939 into a Leicestershire family of tower
and handbell ringers. Following a music degree at Leeds University,
he joined York Minster choir as a bass songman, under the direction
of the legendary Francis Jackson. For a decade he was also
Director of Music at the nearby St. Marys Convent Grammer
School where he achieved his first successes as a choir trainer.
1965 Andrew founded the Chapter House Choir at York Minster.
During his seventeen-year conductorship, this mixed-voice concert
group became nationally well-known for its various awards in
the BBC Let the Peoples Sing competition. In 1984 Andrew
and his family were invited to New Zealand, where he spent
a year as Director of the Auckland Dorian Choir, University
Chamber Choir and Youth Choir. On returning to York, his career
as a freelance composer began to take shape.
Carters compositions have been published over a period
of thirty years. His early carol and folk song arrangements
were penned for his York choirs and published by Banks Music
Publications. Much of Andrews music has been published
by Oxford University Press, and recently by MorningStar.
is the Lord (70-004A)
was published in 2002 by MorningStar and is a 5 movement
choral work for choir, organ, and optional orchestra.
music by Andrew Carter