Described recently in the Observer as a ‘tremendous young conductor’, and recipient of the 2012 Leonard Ingrams Memorial Prize from Garsington Opera, John Andrews is increasingly in demand for his musical fluency, passion and skill.
He is conductor-in-association of the English Symphony Orchestra, and has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The BBC Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted productions for English Touring Opera and Stanley Hall Opera, and is on the music staff at Garsington Opera, Chorus Director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and a resident conductor at Opéra de Baugé. He is conductor of Co-Opera’s touring production of The Mikado, and in July conducts Garsington Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel at West Green House.
Forthcoming – Spring 2014
Saturday 22 March, 2014
Dvorak: Te Deum
Dvorak: The Spectre’s Bride
Harpenden Choral Society
The Kings Sinfonietta
7.30pm, Harpenden High Street Methodist Church
Saturday 29 March, 2014
Haydn: ‘Nelson’ Mass
Vaughan-Williams: Five Mystical Songs
7.30pm, Christchurch, Hitchin
Saturday 5 April, 2014
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini
Tchaikovsky: Variations on Rococo Theme
Dvořák: Rondo op.94
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition
Laura van der Heijden, cello
Leicester Symphony Orchestra
7.30pm, De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Welcome to the 2013-14 season. Last year had some real treats, including working with Dame Evelyn Glennie at the De Montfort Hall, and returning to the English Music Festival with my friends the English Symphony Orchestra for Arthur Sullivan’s monumental Oratorio The Golden Legend.
This season I’m enjoying Sullivan’s other side with James Bonas’ fabulously witty and naughty production of Mikado with Co-Opera. Described as ‘Unmodified Rapture’ by Hugh Canning in ‘Opera’ Magazine, catch it on tour if you can – it’s a great night out!
The anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War naturally looms large over the season, with ex-serviceman Vaughan-William’s epic plea for peace Dona Nobis Pacem at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and then works of the pre-war years by by Vaughan-Williams, Butterworth and Rachmaninov in Leicester.
I’m also tutoring as part of Cambridge University’s Music Hubs, lecturing on both Shostakovich and the Soviet context and the role of music in the 21st Century. It’s been lovely to be using that half of my brain, but it has also been making me think long and hard about how any why we should be performing all this wonderful music. Watch this space…