About John

John Andrews conducting BandWA ‘tremendous young conductor’ (The Observer), John Andrews is known particularly as a tireless champion of the Italian bel canto, as well as English music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, combining empathy and feel for both music and musicians with an ability to directly and powerfully communicate his ideas. This, together with his passion for locating music in its social and historical context, brings dynamism and warmth to his interpretations of both rare and classic repertoire.

John is guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, touring​ China ​with them ​in 2017, and Artist-in-residence with the English Symphony Orchestra, whom he conducts regularly at the English Music Festival. He has conduced the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently making a series of world-premiere recordings with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Chorus for Dutton Epoch.

Significant opera credits include the British stage premiere of Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei for English Touring Opera, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Young Artists of Garsington Opera, and a hugely successful Die Entführung aus dem Serail for the Rostock Volkstheater.

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Cast Announced for The Light of the World

In April, 2017 John will be conducting the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Concert Orchestra in Sir Arthur Sullivan’s monumental oratorio, The Light of the World. See news for more details.

Word-premiere recording of Gilbert and Cellier’s Comic Masterpiece

[The Sir Arthur Sullivan Society] are delighted to anounce that the BBC Singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by John Andrews, are to record Alfred Cellier’s final opera, The Mountebanks, in January 2017 with a fantastic cast headed by Soraya Malfi and Thomas ElwinSee news for more details.

New Recording of Sullivan’s Shakespeare Masterpieces!

Described in the Sunday Times as “pure delight”, John Andrews’  world premiere recording with the BBC Concert Orchestra and The BBC Singers of Sullivan’s music for ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Tempest’ with narration by Simon Callow is available here.

National Symphony Orchestra: China Tour 2017

John will be conducting the National Symphony Orchestra‘s first tour to China in the New Year.

Trinity Orchestra Harrow 

“We’re delighted to announce the appointment of acclaimed British conductor John Andrews as Trinity Orchestra’s new Music Director.” Please see the full release here.

World-Premiere Recording of English Masterpieces with the BBC Concert Orchestra out at Christmas

EM Records will be releasing John’s recording of the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello of Percy Sherwood and Frederic Cowen’s Fifth Symphony with the BBC Concert Orchestra and soloists Rupert Marshall-Luck and Joseph Spooner.

Fantastic reviews for Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei and Don Giovanni, English Touring Opera Spring 2016

“Pia’ emerged very strongly under John Andrews’ highly cultured, shapely and pressing direction – I’ve rarely heard ETO’s orchestra sound so compelling… Donizetti on top form – and Pia’s death genuinely tragic. Great Stuff.” Opera Now. 

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Volkstheater Rostock

John had just made his German debut, conducting Mozart’s early Masterpiece, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, at Rostock’s Volkstheater in October 2015 to enthusiastic reviews

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