National Symphony Orchestra: China Tour 2017
I’m delighted to announce that I will be leading (in the purely musical sense) the National Symphony Orchestra’s first tour to China in the New Year. For more information see www.nso.co.uk.
World-Premiere Recording of English Masterpieces with the BBC Concert Orchestra
In June, I will be recording 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.
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
In the context it’s hard to imagine how these performances could have been bettered…John Andrews, conducting, swept the whole thing forwards in big, powerful paragraphs, relishing Donizetti’s sombre colours and releasing a raw power that I hadn’t realised the ETO Chorus possessed….. If you love bel canto, you should definitely see it. If you don’t, the same applies. Theartsdesk.com
“John Andrews had a genius for injecting Donizetti’s primary-colour harmonies and melodies with the sort of visceral passion and rhythmic bite that convinced you of the music’s worth, and the orchestra responded with a full range of tints and attitude.” classicalsource.com
“Under John Andrews the orchestra provided just the right combination of character and support. This was a swift, intense and rather dark account of the score but the swiftness did not preclude flexibility or a suppleness of line.” planethughill.com
For more information see ETO’s website here.
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.
New Recording of Sullivan’s Shakespeare Masterpieces!
John Andrews’ world premiere recording with the BBC Concert Orchestra and The BBC Singers of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Complete Incidental Music to ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Tempest’ with narration by Simon Callow is due out in the New Year.
John’s conducting style combines empathy and feel for both music and musicians with an ability to communicate his ideas directly and powerfully. This, together with his passion for locating music in its social and historical context, results in performances that surprise and delight audiences and performers alike.
He currently works with the English Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Garsington Opera, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Opera Holland Park. He has also conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra as well as productions for English Touring Opera, Stanley Hall Opera and Opéra de Baugé.
John’s repertoire runs the full gamut of opera, choral and orchestral music. He’s a versatile conductor, directing groups ranging in size from small chamber choirs and chamber orchestras through to full symphony orchestras and large-scale opera productions. His particular specialisms include Handel, Italian bel canto and English music of the forgotten centuries between Purcell and Elgar.