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. Other significant concert engagements for 2018-19 include debuts at the London Handel Festival, Malcolm Arnold Festival and Baroquestock,
‘One of our liveliest, most elegant and talented bel canto conductors’ (Opera Now)
In the opera house, his performances of Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei for English Touring Opera, were praised for his ‘highly cultured, shapely and pressing direction… ’ whilst Bachtrack described his interpretation of Lucia di Lammermoor as ‘faultless’. 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. In 2018 and 2019 he returns to English Touring Opera for Rossini’s Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra, The Gondoliers for the London College of Music and Il segreto di Susanna for Opera Holland Park.
‘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.’
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 – Sullivan’s Music for Macbeth and The Tempest – was named a Disc of the Year in The Sunday Times, described by Hugh Canning as ‘pure delight’ and he has future Sullivan projects in 2019-20.
‘John Andrews does an excellent job of integrating the orchestra with Simon Callow’s spoken chunks of Shakespeare.’ Gramophone
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.