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 – Spring 2014

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

Sunday 6 April, 2014
Dvorak: Stabat Mater
SJJ Festival Chorus
Lambeth Orchestra
7pm, St John of Jerusalem Church, South Hackney

Saturday and Sunday 26/7th July
Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel
Garsington Opera Emerging Artists at
West Green House, 7.00pm

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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!

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.

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 in the Autumn works of the pre-war years by Vaughan-Williams, Bridge, Holst, Butterworth and Rachmaninov.

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 for news of two projects in 2015 with major orchestras which will make some attempt to answer those questions…

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