London Handel Festival Debut
A longstanding advocate for Handel’s English rivals, John will conduct the Brook Street Band and a star-studded team of soloists led by Ed Lyon and Soraya Mafi in Thomas Arne’s revolutionary serenata The Judgment of Paris at the London Handel Festival on April 6th 2018.
Rossini ‘Fireworks’ Concerts to dazzle
Featuring some of the finest arias, duets and ensembles from Rossini’s serious operas, John will conduct the orchestra of English Touring Opera and a quartet of fabulous soloists on tour in Spring 2017. For dates and and venues click here.
John Andrews Appointed Principal Guest Conductor NSO
The UK’s National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) have announced the appointment of John Andrews as Principal Guest Conductor. John will hold this position from March 2017 for an initial period of three years. The announcement follows his performance with the Orchestra at Westminster Central Halls last summer. Full press release here.
John returns to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at OHP
After conducting the first performance outside Opera Holland Park of Will Todd and Maggie Gottlieb’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‘ at the London College of Music, John returns to OHP this summer to conduct 2 performances of the original production on the Yukka Lawn.
World-premiere recording of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s greatest Masterpiece
In April, 2017 John conducted the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Concert Orchestra in the first professional recording of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s monumental oratorio, The Light of the World in a new critical edition. The international team of soloists featured Natalya Romaniw, Eleanor Dennis, Kitty Whately, Robert Murray, Ben McAteer and Neal Davies.
Word-premiere recording of Gilbert and Cellier’s Comic Masterpiece
In January 2017 John conducted the BBC Singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra in Alfred Cellier’s final opera, ‘The Mountebanks’. With a libretto by W.S. Gilbert, it had its première at London’s Lyric Theatre on 4 January 1892, just a week after the death of its composer, and ran for 229 peformances. The 2-CD set, to be issued on the Dutton Epoch label, will be a world première professional complete recording, and boasts a fantastic cast headed by Soraya Malfi and Thomas Elwin.
New Recording of Sullivan’s Shakespeare Masterpieces named ‘Disc of the Year’
John Andrews’ world premiere recording with the BBC Concert Orchestra and The BBC Singers of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Complete Incidental Music to Macbeth and The Tempest with narration by Simon Callow was described by Hugh Canning in the Sunday Times as “pure delight” where it was named a CD of the Year for 2016, and is enjoying fantastic reviews on Amazon. It is available here.
World-Premiere Recording of English Masterpieces with the BBC Concert Orchestra
In 2016, John recorded the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello of Percy Sherwood and Frederic Cowen’s Fifth Symphony with the BBC Concert Orchestra and soloists Rupert Marshall-Luck and Joseph Spooner. This is due out on the EM Records label in 2017.
UK Premiere for Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei and Whats On Stage awards for Don Giovanni, English Touring Opera Spring 2016
“Pia’ emerged very strongly under John Andrews’ highly cultured, shapely and pressing direction – I’ve rarely heard ETO’s orchestra sound so compelling… Donizetti on top form – and Pia’s death genuinely tragic. Great Stuff.” Opera Now. More reviews here.
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Volkstheater Rostock
In October 2015, John made his German debut, conducting Mozart’s early Masterpiece, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, at Rostock’s Volkstheater to enthusiastic reviews