john andrews, conductor
Described recently in the Observer as a ‘tremendous young conductor’, John Andrews is increasingly in demand thanks to a conducting style that combines empathy and feel for both music and musicians with an ability to communicate his ideas directly and powerfully. He is conductor-in-association of the English Symphony Orchestra, and currently works with The BBC Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.
ith a special affinity for Italian bel canto and the English baroque, John has conducted over 40 operas for Garsington Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, Stanley Hall Opera, Co-Opera and Opéra de Baugé.
Equally in demand as a choral conductor, John is horus Director o the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and Music Director of Harpenden Choral Society and St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus. He is Music Director of Leicester Symphony Orchestraand regularly conducts the very best non-professional orchestras, including Trinity Orchestra and the Haydn Chamber Orchestra.
A powerful exponent of neglected English music, Joh’s 2015 plans include recordings of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Shakespearean music with the BBC Concert Orchestra, newly-discovered works by Sir Malcolm Sargent with the Leicester Symphony Orchestra, and joining the music team at Opera Holland Park. Beyond that, e will also be conducting wo further recordings with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the premier of Percy Sherwood’s ‘Double Concerto’ for Violin and Cello with the English Symphony Orchestra at the English Music Festival.
As part of his commitment to education work for all ages, John has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the West End Live Festival. He lectures for the Cambridge Music Hubs programme, is currently devising a schools project with the Blackheath Conservatoire, and has lectured at the Elgar School of Music on the birth of English Opera.
John is also passionately interested in locating music in its social and historical context, He has a Cambridge doctorate on the political and religious world of eighteenth-century oratorio, writes programme articles, and has appeared on Radio 4 discussing his research on Handel’s Semele.