Andrew Johnston (born 1994) is a British singer who rose to fame when he
appeared as a boy soprano on the second series of the British television
talent show Britain's Got Talent in 2008. He sang "Pie Jesu" from Andrew
Lloyd Webber's Requiem in the finals. Although he did not win, he
received a contract to record on the SyCo Music label owned by the
Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell. Johnston's debut album, One
Voice, was released in September of the same year, and reached number
four on the UK Albums Chart. Johnston was born in Dumfries, Scotland,
and grew up in Carlisle. He became head chorister at Carlisle Cathedral,
and was bullied at school for his love of classical music. While some
journalists have argued that Britain's Got Talent producers exaggerated
Johnston's rough background, others have hailed his story as
inspirational. In 2009, he graduated from Trinity School. He sings in
the National Youth Choir as a baritone and studies full-time at the
Royal Northern College of Music.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The first recorded performance of the play King Lear, a tragedy
by William Shakespeare based on the legendary King Lear of the Britons,
Imperial Russian Army officers led about 3,000 soldiers in a
protest against Nicholas I's assumption of the throne after his elder
brother Constantine removed himself from the line of succession.
At the French Academy of Sciences, physicists Pierre and Marie
Curie (both pictured) announced the discovery of a new element, naming
American baseball player Babe Ruth was sold by the Boston Red
Sox to their rivals, the New York Yankees, starting the 84-year-long
Curse of the Bambino.
The Supreme Soviet officially dissolved itself, completing the
dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. To swallow eagerly, or in large draughts; to swallow up; to take down at
2. To react nervously by swallowing.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Bright-eyed Fancy, hov'ring o'er, Scatters from her pictured urn
Thoughts that breathe and words that burn.
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