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.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Leaves OHP for the first time
Under John’s baton, Will Todd and Maggie Gottlieb’s amazing children’s Opera ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‘, commissioned by Opera Holland Park, premieres in March at the London College of Music with a cast and orchestra of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Cast Announced for The Light of the World
In April, 2017 John will be conducting the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Concert Orchestra in Sir Arthur Sullivan’s monumental oratorio, The Light of the World in a new critical edition. The soloists will be 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 Released
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 June, 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 in early 2017.
Trinity Orchestra Harrow
We’re delighted to announce the appointment of acclaimed British conductor John Andrews as Trinity Orchestra’s new Music Director. Described by the Observer asked a ‘tremendous young conductor’, John Andrews is conductor-in-association of the English Symphony Orchestra, and currently works with the BBC Concert Orchestra, English Touring Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra to name but a few. He last conducted us in December 2015, when he delighted Harrow audiences with a fairytale-inspired programme of music. Please see the full release here.
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
Recording of ‘Lost’ works by Sir Malcolm Sargent
The Leicester Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the recording and publication of three previously unpublished orchestral compositions by their founder Sir Malcolm Sargent. His genius as a conductor came to the attention of the wider world in early 1920s Leicester where he performed to packed houses. What is not so well known is that on occasions, concerts would feature his own compositions. Conducted by John Andrews, with the orchestra that Sir Malcolm founded, the first recordings took place in June 2015 and will be completed in 2017.
Opera Holland Park INSPIRE: Pirates of Penzance
Opera Holland Park will present a specially-adapted version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s timeless comedy on March 26th and 27th to audiences of schoolchildren and seniors in this fabulously exciting project:
“The OHP Inspire Project aims to inspire and encourage all members of the community to experience, discover and actively participate in opera and classical music, developing their taste and knowledge and bringing the art form to as wide an audience as possible.”