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EM 0125

Billy Neely: Belfast's own boy soprano

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2011

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Billy Neely

boy soprano

Producer:

Stephen Beet



Record Label
Evergreen Melodies

Genre:

Vocal & Song




Total Time - 103:08
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TRADITIONAL

Irish Air (An Tailliuir)
1 

The lark in Clear Air

2:42
   
 

FRANZ SCHUBERT

2 

Serenade (Schwanengesang)

3:25
   
 

HORN

arr. Lehmann
3 

Cherry ripe!

2:14
   
 

O'BRIEN

4 

The Fairy Tree

2:15
   
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

5 

A Tragic Story

1:17
   
 

GIBBS

6 

Five Eyes

1:09
   
 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

7 

Allelujah, KV 165

2:35
   
 

ANTON ARENSKY

 

Six Children's Soongs, Op. 59

8:12  
8 The Robin 1:13
9 The Fable 1:30
10 The Sad Little Bird 1:27
11 The Child and the Butterfly 0:51
12 Cradle Song 2:17
13 Easter Day 0:54
   
 

HAROLD FRASER-SIMSON

14 

Christopher Robin is saying his prayers

2:53
   
 

OSKAR MERIKANTO

15 

A Fairy Story by the Fire

2:47
   
 

CHARLES HUBERT H. PARRY

16 

The Child and the Twilight

2:30
   
 

TRADITIONAL

Irish air from North Donegal (arr. Hughes)
17 

The ninepenny fidil

2:47
   
 

FRANCESCO BARTOLOMEO CONTI

(attrib Marcello)
18 

Il bel mio foco

3:23
   
 

FRANCESCO DURANTE

19 

Vergin tutt' amor

3:38
   
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

20 

The Birds

2:11
   
 

TRADITIONAL

15th/16th century
21 

Coventry Carol

3:02
   
 

PETER WARLOCK

22 

The First Mercy

2:46
   
 

BACH/GOUNOD

23 

Ave Maria

3:13
   
 

PENN

24 

Smilin' Through

2:31
   
 

ANTON ARENSKY

25 

The Sad Little Bird

1:32
   
 

TRADITIONAL

Irish Air (An Tailliuir)
26 

The Lark in Clear Air

3:36
   
 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

27 

Hear my prayer (part 1 only)

4:08
   
 

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

28 

Art thou troubled?

4:56
   
 

HUGHES

(arr.)
29 

A Ballynure Ballad

2:04
   
 

TRADITIONAL

Ulser folksong (arr. Hughes)
30 

Kitt, my love, will you marry me?

0:56
   
 

LESLIE WOODGATE

31 

Here lies a most beautiful lady

1:48
   
 

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

32 

Largo melody: Now daylight dies, far in the western skies

2:56
   
 

BAYNON

33 

Give me wings

1:49
   
 

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

34 

How beautiful are the feet (Messiah)

2:29
   
 

ERIC H THIMAN (1900-1975)

35 

I hear Spring calling

2:00
   
 

SHARP

(arr.)
36 

Mowing the barley

2:38
   
 

TATE

37 

Somewhere a voice is calling

3:00
   
 

HORN

(arr. Lehmann)
38 

Cherry ripe!

2:24
   
 

JACQUES OFFENBACH

39 

Barcarolle (Tales of Hoffmann)

3:03
  duet with Arthur Martin, baritone  
 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

40 

Greetings (Gruss)

3:15
   
 

FRANCESCO BARTOLOMEO CONTI

(attrib to Marcello)
41 

Il bel mio foco

3:32
   
 

JOHANNES BRAHMS

42 

Roslein dreie in der Reihe (Zigeunerlieder)

1:32
  sung in German  
   
 Billy Neely boy soprano


"Belfast’s Own Boy Soprano"
Billy Neely is still remembered by those privileged to hear him sing at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. In 1947 he made his radio debut as a boy soprano in BBC Northern Ireland’s Children Hour when he earned a fee of two guineas. Further broadcasts followed and in 1948 he won the Blackpool Music Festival at the Winter Gardens and, in May 1949, the 38th Glasgow Music Festival held in St Andrews Hall. Billy left the cathedral choir to concentrate on a career as a concert artist, and was often accompanied by the internationally renowned pianist Gerald Moore.

Many broadcasts followed on the BBC including appearances on the popular magazine programme In Town Tonight and twice on Henry Hall’s Guest Night. He then toured Ireland and sang in cabaret at the Ideal Home Exhibition in Birmingham, billed as ’Belfasts Own Boy Soprano’. He also appeared with the Ormiston Choir at Westminster Central Hall in London, singing six solos. Subsequently he was awarded a three-year scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Although renowned as one of the best boy sopranos of the 20th century Billy never replayed his childhood records until relatively recently, this double album being issued as a huge suprise to celebrate his golden wedding. Now you too can listen again to the wonderful sound of a boy treble in full flow.

THe 42 tracks include many well-known favourites as well as traditional Irish ballads and classical masterpieces by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Parry and Mendelssohn

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