For several years, rumour had it that a boy named Moody had sung Hear my prayer in the ruins of the Temple Church during the war and that HMV had made a record of it. However, Donald Simpson, Head Boy at Temple at the time had never heard of him, and David Lewer confirmed that no-one of that name had ever been in the choir. However it was soon discovered that Brian Moody had qualified as an architect in 1959 and was now living in Western Australia where I was able to contact him.
He was born in 1930 and for secondary education was sent to the City of London School, then more safely located in Marlborough, where they shared the premises of Marlborough College during the early years of the war. The school was also the educational base of the Choristers of the Temple Church and the Chapel Royal, so there was a tradition of good singing in the school.
Brian Moody made 13 recordings, including:
SCHUBERT Hark! Hark! the Lark. Ernest Lush, piano. Rec. 26th May 1944 Decca (test pressing)
SCHUBERT The Trout Ernest Lush, piano. Rec. 26th May 1944 Decca (test pressing)
Master Derek Barsham Recorded 30 Apl. 1947 (AR11093 & 11094), with Gladys Palmer, contralto, Norman Lumsden, bass & London Symphony Orchestra cond. Stanford Robinson. Issued June 1947 on Decca K.1601. ["Better Land" the two parts separately in vols. 3 & 4]
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