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The Choirboys are an English boyband, made up of cathedral choristers, so the members have only a brief time in the group before the inevitable voice-change. The first group comprised: Charles John "CJ" Porter-Thaw from Sheffield, Patrick Aspbury from Chelmsford, and Ben Inman, from Yorkshire. Porter-Thaw and Aspbury both sang in the choir of Ely Cathedral and Inman in the choir of Southwell Minster. In the summer of 2005, they were selected from cathedral choristers around the UK for a recording contract with Universal Classics and Jazz, and released their self-titled first album in November of that same year.

The album sold 100,000 copies in the first week, making it the fastest-selling classical debut album ever in the UK and earning The Choirboys a Gold Disc which was presented to them on the popular BBC children's TV programme, Blue Peter. It has since gone platinum and has to date sold over 750,000 copies.

After an intensive promotional tour of TV and radio stations, they performed at several events, including the Southwell Minster St. Cecilia Concert, the Ely Cathedral May Day Concert and charity concerts in major London venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.

A second album 'The Carols Album' was released in December 2007. However, by this time the members had changed with their voices and the new Choirboys are Andrew Swait, William Dutton and Bill Goss.

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Original Members (2005)

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Patrick Aspbury

Full Name: Patrick James Aspbury
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Blonde
Birthday: 9 June 1993
Choir: Ely Cathedral Choir
From: Chelmsford
Patrick has now retired as a treble chorister from Ely Cathedral.

Ben Inman

Full Name: Eskricke Francis Benedict Inman
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Brown
Birthday: 19 March 1993
Choir: Southwell Minster Choir
From: Yorkshire

Recorded as solo artist on the James Newton-Howard soundtrack for the remake of the movie King Kong (2005) Retired as a treble chorister from Southwell Minster on 21 January 2007. He won the Trebby Award for 'best solo treble track' in 2007 for the track 'Fairest Isle' (recorded 2005).

Charles John (CJ) Porter-Thaw

Full Name: Charles John Hamish Porter-Thaw
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Brown
Birthday: 11 December 1994
Choir: Ely Cathedral Choir
From: Sheffield

CJ has now retired as a treble chorister from Ely Cathedral.

New Members (2007)

Andrew Swait

Full Name: Andrew Swait
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Blonde
Birthday: 2 October 1994
Choir: Cheltenham College
From: Gloucestershire

Andrewhas featured as principal soloist in recordings by The Abbey School Choir - Light of the World - Signum Records, available through Andrew's website [1] or through Signum [2]. In 2007 Andrew also featured in the CD Landscape and Timeby the King's Singers, available from Signum Records[3] and appeared in the children's documentary A Different Life A Different Life all about his life as a chorister. 2008 CD releases included: Songs of Innocence, also released on the Signum Classics label [4], where Andrew was accompanied by the pianist Andrew Plant and joined by the counter tenor James Bowman. He also appeared with Anna Netrebko on her cd and dvd SOUVENIRS, released in 2008 by Deutsche Grammophon and recorded for the NMC label[5] on a celebratory disc of New Music released in 2009; here he premiered works by James MacMillan (composer) and Peter Maxwell Davies. Herald Records released his final treble solo album in 2009, SALVE PUERULE, directed by Stephen Jackson of the BBC Symphony Chorus and accompanied by the Trinity College of Music Chamber Choir with Alexander Ffinch, organist; available through Cheltenham College.

Will Dutton

Full Name: William Dutton
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Blonde
Birthday: 17 November 1995
Choir: St Mark's Church, Harrogate

He was awarded the BBC Radio 2 'Young Chorister of the Year' Award in 2006. He is the son of the famous former treble Paul Dutton, and his younger brother Christian also sings in his choir. Will also is an excellent and modest violinist, and is a member of the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain, with whom he was co-principal violinist this year.His most recent performance was in Italy on the island of Ischia where he sang Funiculi, Funicula extremely well with the National Children's Orchestra.

Bill Goss

Full Name: Bill Goss
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Brown
Birthday: 11 December 1994
Choir: St Olaves's School, York

Discography

Albums

  • The Choirboys (released 28 November 2005)
  1. Ecce Homo (Theme from Mr. Bean)
  2. Tears in Heaven
  3. Panis Angelicus
  4. Do You Hear What I Hear? (featuring Hayley Westenra)
  5. Walking in the Air (Theme from 'The Snowman')
  6. In Paradisum
  7. The Lord Bless You and Keep You
  8. Pie Jesu
  9. Danny Boy (Carrickfergus)
  10. The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm 23) - (Theme from The Vicar of Dibley)
  11. He's Not Heavy, He's My Brother
  12. Corpus Christi Carol (from A Boy was Born)
  13. O for the Wings of a Dove
  14. Agnus Dei (Lamb of God)
  15. Let there be Peace on Earth
  16. Miserere
  • The Carols Album (released UK 3 December 2007)
  1. O Holy Night (With All Angels)
  2. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  3. Ding Dong! Merrily on High
  4. What Sweeter Music
  5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  6. Silent Night
  7. In the Bleak Midwinter
  8. Coventry Carol
  9. Away in a Manger
  10. Once in Royal David's City
  11. In Dulci Jubilo
  12. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  13. The Holly and the Ivy
  14. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Singles

  • Tears in Heaven
  • Ave Maria (released on the same CD as above, not on the album). The famous Bach/Gounod 'Ave Maria' sung by Ben Inman.
  • Fairest Isle. This track, by Henry Purcell and again a solo by Ben Inman, was recorded but does not appear on any CD. However, it is available as a pay-to-download file from various sources (see below).

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