A ‘tremendous young conductor’ (The Observer), John Andrews is Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, Conductor-in-Assocation with the English Symphony Orchestra, whom he conducts regularly at the English Music Festival, and Principal Conductor of the 2018 International Composers Festival.
He has conducted 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 and EM-Records. The first of these – Arthur Sullivan’s incidental Music for Macbeth and The Tempest – was named a Disc of the Year in The Sunday Times, described by Hugh Canning as ‘pure delight.’
John is a tireless champion of the Italian bel canto. Describing Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei for English Touring Opera, Opera Now noted his ‘highly cultured, shapely and pressing direction’ adding ‘I’ve rarely heard ETO’s orchestra sound so compelling’ whilst Bachtrack described his interpretation of Lucia di Lammermoor as ‘faultless’. Praising the award-winning production of Don Giovanni, one reviewer commented: ‘Conductor John Andrews kept it racing along, finding the light, shade and sexiness of Mozart’s score – I’ve never heard an orchestra sound quite so hot-to-trot in Zerlina’s Batti, batti.’ Significant recent opera credits also include Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Young Artists of Garsington Opera, a hugely successful Die Entführung aus dem Serail for the Rostock Volkstheater, and performances of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for Opera Holland Park.
His gift for combining empathy and feel for both music and musicians with an ability to directly and powerfully communicate his ideas, 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. Significant engagements for 2018-19 include his debut at the London Handel Festival, returning to English Touring Opera in 2018 and 2019, The Gondoliers for the London College of Music and his main-stage conducting debut for Opera Holland Park.