Scotland Boy is the extraordinary album showcasing the sensational and heartbreakingly beautiful treble voice of the young Scottish schoolboy Moray West. It features Classical, Scots and popular songs and has been made with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and many of Scotland’s finest professsional freelance musicians to help raise funds for Ciaran Pryce who suffered a serious neck injury in an accident while playing rugby for his high school.
Like Moray, Ciaran was a member of the National Boys Choir of Scotland. One of the tracks on the album.”Will ye no come back again?” features the National Boys Choir.The other two choirs on the album are the Glasgow University Chapel Choir conducted by James Grossmith and the Netherlee Primary School Choir conducted by Jenny McLachlan.
The music also includes several commissioned new arrangements of Scottish traditional and popular songs as well as two pieces written for Moray; “Miss You” and “The Lord is my Shepherd”.
Literally hundreds of people have been involved in the making of this CD; too many to be named individually but their input is greatly appreciated. However, special thanks must go to David Danzmayr, conductor, Jay Allen, Orchestra manager and Bob Whitney, recording engineer for their unstinting support. Thanks also to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the use of recording facilities and to Faber Music for the use of material.
Moray is from a musical family. ”Scotland Boy” was recorded when he was a pupil at Eaglesham Primary and Mearns Castle High Schools in East Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Moray received choral training as a member of the National Boys’ Choir of Scotland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus both directed by the effervescent and charismatic Christopher Bell. His singing teacher was Wilma MacDougall whose understanding of a boy’s treble voice is remarkable. This CD is a testament to her inspirational teaching.
Moray’s first solo experience was with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera performing in the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow and the Usher Hall, Edinburgh as part of the “Children’s Classic Concerts”. He has also sung with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Moray was signed to Sony BMG as one of six singers in Simon Cowell’s children’s group “Angelis” which had the honour of performing before the Queen in Westminster Abbey. The album “Angelis” sold over 390,000 copies thus making Moray a platinum - selling artiste at the age of 11.
Moray has a 3-octave range, as demonstrated on this album where the eclectic mix of songs shows him to be comfortable singing in a wide range of styles.
1) HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL
2) MISS YOU
3) QUEEN OF THE NIGHT from The Magic Flute
4) MUSIC FOR A WHILE
5) IONA BOAT SONG
6) THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
7) YOU RAISE ME UP
8) DOWN IN THE GLEN
10) BIST DU BEI MIR
11) IN DREAMS from The Lord of the Rings
12) HEAR YE ISRAEL from Elijah
13) LAUDATE DOMINUM
14) OMBRA MAI FU (Largo) from Xerxes
16) WILL YE NO COME BACK AGAIN
Assistant Engineers: David Donaldson and Julian Corrie. Inlay photo (Moray) Ken Dundas. Cover photo Mark Hamblin.
Executive Producer Stephen West. This recording is dedicated to Muriel and Michael West.
Manufactured under license from Stephen West.
The album is available now and can be ordered through Amazon on this website and by calling Scotdisc directly.