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, on the senior 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. He has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The BBC Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra as well as productions for English Touring Opera and  Stanley Hall Opera.

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Forthcoming – Summer 2014


Saturday and Sunday 26 and 27th July, 7.00pm

Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel
Garsington Opera at
West Green House
directed by Olivia Fuchs

Gretel: Alice Rose Privett
Hansel: Anna Harvey
Father: Jan Capinski
Mother: Kirstin Sharpin
Witch: Helen Anne Gregory
Sandman/Dew Fairy: Joanna Songi

Garsington Opera Orchestra

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Do come to Felicity Smith’s Memorial Concert on June 27th at St James’ Piccadilly. We’re celebrating a life cut tragically short whilst raising money for a bursary prize in her name. The concert ends with Mozart’s immortal Requiem with Yvonne Howard, Diana Montague, John Graham-Hall and Martin Nelson.

This summer I’m rejoining Olivia Fuchs to revive her wonderfully atmospheric Hänsel und Gretel with the Garsington Opera Emerging Artists at West Green House. A great cast of young singers, fabulous orchestra and a sublime setting.

I’m really delighted that James Bonas’ fabulously witty and naughty production of Mikado with Co-Opera, described as ‘Unmodified Rapture’ by Hugh Canning in ‘Opera’ Magazine, is back on the road in the Spring. Catch it on tour if you can – it’s a fabulous night out.

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, has been making me think  long and hard about how any why we should be performing all this wonderful music. Watch this space for news of two projects in 2015 with major orchestras which will make some attempt to answer those questions…

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