A ‘tremendous young conductor’ (The Observer), John Andrews is guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor-in-Assocation with the English Symphony Orchestra, whom he conducts regularly at the English Music 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.
John is known particularly as a tireless champion of the Italian bel canto, as well as English music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, combining empathy and feel for both music and musicians with an ability to directly and powerfully communicate his ideas. This, 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 recent opera credits include the British stage premiere of Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei for English Touring Opera, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Young Artists of Garsington Opera, and a hugely successful Die Entführung aus dem Serail for the Rostock Volkstheater.