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Andrew Griffiths

Andrew makes WNO debut at short notice

15 October, 2015
Andrew made his debut for Welsh National Opera last night, conducting Handel's Orlando at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton due to the indisposition of Rinaldo Alessandrini. He looks forward to conducting further performances as scheduled in Oxford and Birmingham next month.


WNO debut announced

20 July, 2015
Welsh National Opera has confirmed that Andrew will make his debut conducting for the company with Handel's Orlando in the Autumn. He conducts performances in Oxford and Birmingham in November.


Stirring Rachmaninov with Londinium

10 February, 2015
Andrew's first choral project of 2015 saw him conduct an augmented Londinium in a centenary performance of Rachmaninov's remarkable Vespers. The performance, given to a packed church of St Andrew, Holborn, also included Knut Nystedt's motet O Crux, in memory of the composer who recently died aged 99.


Andrew makes Wigmore Hall debut in Handel

24 December, 2014
Andrew replaced an indisposed Christian Curnyn at very short notice to conduct Handel's Messiah at Wigmore Hall, with Early Opera Company and four superb soloists: Sophie Bevan, Hilary Summers, Alan Clayton and James Platt. His performance was highly praised by classicalsource.com.


Debut concerts of Tallis Vocalis

13 November, 2014
Andrew has just returned from a week in the Far East, conducting music by Tallis, Byrd and Sheppard with the newly-formed Hong Kong-based chamber choir, Tallis Vocalis. Their concerts in Hong Kong and Macao met with great acclaim.


Monteverdi at Opera North

13 October, 2014
Andrew is spending much of the Autumn working at Opera North, for whom he has previously conducted Hansel and Gretel, working as chief coach on a new production of Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea directed by Tim Albery and conducted by Laurence Cummings.


Choirs and choruses

3 August 2014
Andrew has just completed a successful week at Dartington, conducting CPE Bach, Steffani and Zelenka with Summer School choirs and baroque orchestra. It brought to an end a busy summer of choral projects, including Moeran with Londinium, Brahms and Richard Rodney Bennett with Kingston Choral Society, and a live-broadcast relay of the Parry Songs of Farewell with the BBC Singers as part of the BBC's First World War commemoration.


Birtwistle and Poulenc at the BBC

25 May 2014
Andrew has spent the last three weeks at the BBC, working as assistant conductor on consecutive projects of Birtwistle and Poulenc. He was chorus-master and off-stage conductor for Birtwistle's Gawain, given in semi-staging at the Barbican under Martyn Brabbins, where his work won praise in the press. He then assisted Ludovic Morlot on a semi-staging of Poulenc's irrepressible Les mamelles de Tirésias.


Monteverdi with Kingston Choral Society

1 April 2014
Andrew has just conducted his most ambitious project yet with Kingston Choral Society, bringing together chorus, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble and Purcell Orchestra in Monteverdi's wonderful Vespers.


Handel at ENO

16 March 2014
Andrew has spent the first few months of 2014 working at English National Opera, where he assisted Christian Curnyn on a highly-praised new production of Handel's Rodelinda, directed by Richard Jones.


Howells Requiem with BBC Singers

10 November, 2014
Andrew spent an enjoyable week working with the BBC Singers on the Howells Requiem, alongside 'memorial' works by Byrd, Josquin, Stucky, Tallis and others. The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.


Excellent reviews for Bampton's Mozart rarity

25 October, 2013
Andrew has received uniformly warm reviews for his conducting of Bampton Classical Opera's La finta semplice over the summer months. Writing for Opera Today, Claire Seymour wrote that Andrew "demonstrated a keen sense of style and dramatic momentum, drawing superb, stylish playing from the eighteen musicians of CHROMA... It was in the act finales - where the characters enter in rather jerky succession compared with the smooth accumulation of texture and tempo of the later operas - that Griffiths most particularly showed his dramatic acumen." To see all press cuttings, please visit the reviews page.


Dreaming of Wagner

28 July, 2013
Andrew is looking forward to a few weeks off after a packed few months, culminating in a BBC Proms performance of Tristan und Isolde at which he assisted Semyon Bychkov. He also worked for the first time at Welsh National Opera, as assistant conductor for Jonathan Harvey's remarkable opera Wagner Dream, conducted a new production of the 12-year-old Mozart's La finta semplice for Bampton Classical Opera, made a studio recording of Ives, Barber and Copland with the BBC Singers, and led the final Londinium concert of the year - a challenging programming ranging from Weekles and Wilbye to Richard Rodney Bennett, Steve Martland and Thea Musgrave.


A spring full of Mozart and MacMillan

March 24, 2013
Andrew has spent a busy few months focusing on Mozart. After returning to Ireland to conduct further performances of Cosi fan tutte for Opera Theatre Company, he led Forestbird Productions in a concert performance of Idomeneo, and conducted the C Minor Mass with Kingston Choral Society. He also directed the BBC Singers in a live-broadcast performance of MacMillan's Tenebrae Responses, alongside Scarlatti's Stabat Mater, and gave the London premiere of MacMillan's Alpha and Omega with Londinium.


Andrew conducts high-profile choral projects

January 30, 2013
Andrew began the year with two exciting choral projects: his concert debut with the BBC Singers, conducting music by Vaughan Williams and RR Terry alongside Tudor composers live on BBC Radio 3, and Londinium's ambitious 'Britten in America', which included Britten's A.M.D.G. and Hymn to St Cecilia, together with works by Copland, Ives, and Barber. The Londinium concert was reviewed in depth by Robert Hugill, who wrote that "Their performance... was a tour de force, and it was presented with a confidence, firmness and vividness which was altogether admirable." Read the full review here.


Action-packed Autumn draws to a close

December 3, 2012
Tomorrow's fifth performance of Cosi fan tutte brings to an end an whirlwind two months, which have seen Andrew make debuts with Opera Theatre Company (Cosi), Mid Wales Opera (Don Giovanni), as well as leading Howells' Hymnus Paradisi and Elgar's Enigma Variations with Kingston Choral Society. He looks forward to returning to Ireland in the New Year for further performances with Opera Theatre Company.


Excellent reviews for Bampton performances

October 7, 2012
Bampton Classical Opera's run of operas by Grétry and Philidor has concluded with a performance at St John's Smith Square, where Andrew's conducting of the outstanding CHROMA ensemble drew great reviews - click here for a full selection.


Andrew to make Opera Theatre Company debut in Mozart

September 1, 2012
Andrew is thrilled to announce that he will make his Irish debut in November 2012, conducting a new production of Cosí fan tutte for Opera Theatre Company, directed by Orpha Phelan. The production will tour throughout Ireland in November/December and returns for further performances in February.


Busy summer season draws to a close

August 27, 2012
Andrew has enjoyed a successful summer opera season, conducting productions of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio at Iford and acclaimed French double-bill at Bampton Classical Opera, of which Opera Magazine wrote 'Musical standards were first class...'. He also conducted a mouthwatering French Baroque programme of Charpentier, de Lalande and Mondonville at Dartington International Summer School.


Final week of rehearsal for Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio

June 2, 2012
After three weeks of rehearsal in London, Andrew is looking forward to returning to the beautiful gardens at Iford, where he has appeared in five previous seasons, to conduct Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio in a sparkling new production by Bill Bankes-Jones. The cast includes Ana James, Robert Anthony Gardiner, Chris Diffey, Lexi Hutton and Jens Malmquist, and the production is accompanied by the the outstanding CHROMA ensemble.


Andrew makes recording debut with BBC Singers

June 2, 2012
Having worked regularly with the BBC Singers as a chorus-master for projects with the BBC SO and Ensemble Intercontemporain, Andrew has spent the last two days recording repertoire by Brahms and Cornelius for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He looks forward to returning to Maida Vale next month for a programme of Jacobean music, recorded for BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show.


Major choral projects

April 29, 2012
Andrew made his debut last night conducting the New London Chamber Choir, closing the Brandenburg Festival with a challenging programme of Lachenmann, Saariaho, and 16-voice arrangements by Clytus Gottwald of music by Mahler, Wagner, Ravel and others. In a busy month of choral work, he also conducted Londinium in a Brahms-themed programme, including the first performance of a work commissioned from Timothy Burke, and made his debut at Cadogan Hall, conducting the St John Passion with Kingston Choral Society.


Andrew works on high-profile BBC projects

February 6, 2012
Andrew has just completed two high-profile projects at the BBC, working as assistant conductor to Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the UK premiere of Jonathan Harvey's opera Wagner Dream, before joining the BBC Singers as chorus-master for Dvorak's opera Jakobin under Jiri Belohlavek. He looks forward to returning to the BBC Singers for further projects later this season.


Summer opera projects confirmed

November 30, 2011
Andrew is delighted to have been engaged for summer productions at the Iford Festival and with Bampton Classical Opera. At Iford, where he has conducted regularly since 2004, he leads a new production of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio, directed by Bill Bankes-Jones. For his debut with Bampton Classical Opera, he conducts a double-bill of Gretry and Philidor at Bampton, Westonbirt and St John's, Smith Square.


Castor and Pollux opens at English National Opera

October 27, 2011
Andrew has spent the Autumn working at English National Opera, assisting conductor Christian Curnyn on the company's first ever production of a French Baroque opera. Rameau's beautiful Castor and Pollux, staged by Barrie Kosky with a cast including Allan Clayton, Sophie Bevan and Roderick Williams, is in repertory at the Coliseum until December 1st.


Andrew appointed Musical Director of Londinium

October 5, 2011
Andrew is thrilled to have been named joint Musical Director of the excellent London chamber choir Londinium. He first conducted the choir at extremely short notice, replacing an indisposed conductor immediately before a concert, and was subsequently reinvited to conduct their programme 'Nightsong', and the world premiere of Jessica Curry's Perpetual Light. Andrew's first concert as Musical Director will be Fire and Ice on 15th November 2011, contrasting the Victoria Requiem with contemporary music from Scandinavia and the Baltics.


Rusalka at Glyndebourne

August 1, 2011
Andrew has spent the summer months working for the first time at Glyndebourne, leading the first two weeks of rehearsal for the revival of Melly Still's production of Dvorak's Rusalka, before assisting conductor Sir Andrew Davis, and conducting the cover showcase.


Three very different choral projects

June 12, 2011
Last night's performance of the Brahms Requiem and Poulenc Gloria, with Kingston Choral Society, the Thames Sinfonia and soloists Anita Watson and Jacques Imbrailo, concluded a busy and diverse month for Andrew. He acted as chorus-master with the BBC Singers under Jiri Belohlavek for their recent performance of 'The Bartered Bride' at the Barbican, and then gave the the acclaimed world premiere of Jessica Curry's Requiem for an Unscorched Earth with Londinium, performing in the Old Vic Tunnels beneath Waterloo station.


Great reviews for Médée in Chicago

April 25, 2011
Chicago Opera Theater's new production of Charpentier's Médée has opened at the Harris Theatre to excellent reviews in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. Andrew plays harpsichord continuo in the performances, having prepared the cast and supervised the first two weeks of rehearsal prior to the arrival of conductor Christian Curnyn.


Charpentier at Chicago Opera Theater

April 10, 2011
Andrew has returned for his second season at Chicago Opera Theater, leading the first two weeks of rehearsals for a new production of Charpentier's Médée. The strong cast includes British mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany in the lead role. Andrew will work as assistant to Christian Curnyn on his arrival, and play continuo with the Baroque Band for the performances later this month.


Andrew starts work with Kingston Choral Society

January 11, 2011
Rehearsals have begun for Andrew's first programme as Musical Director of Kingston Choral Society. Their first concert together, on March 26th, will include Orff's Carmina Burana and Vaughan Williams' A Pilgrim's Journey. Future plans include Poulenc's Gloria and Brahms' Requiem in June.


Andrew to conduct Bach's Coffee Cantata

November 20, 2010
Andrew has been invited to conduct a staged performance of Bach's Coffee Cantata, as part of the Kaffeine und Kuchen soiree at the Wellcome Collection on December 10, 2010. Soprano Fflur Wyn and baritone Stefan Loges will join the players of the Early Opera Company in a staging by Pia Furtado, and coffee, cake and goulash will be served. The soiree complements the Wellcome Collection's 'High Society' exhibition, exploring the story of mind-altering substances through history.


Andrew returns to The Royal Opera

August 25, 2010
Andrew will spend the next month working on the music staff for the Royal Opera's production of Niobe, Regina di Tebe. Steffani's opera, first performed in 1688, only recently received its modern premiere; the cast, led by Thomas Hengelbrock, includes Vèronique Gens.


Andrew appointed Musical Director of Kingston Choral Society

August 1, 2010
Andrew is delighted to have been named as the new Musical Director of Kingston Choral Society, a 100-strong chorus in West London. He begins his tenure in January 2011, and will conduct his opening concerts in March and June. Programmes include Orff's Carmina Burana and Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem.


Excellent reviews for La cenerentola at Iford

July 4, 2010
Andrew has just conducted the last of seven performances of Rossini's La cenerentola at Iford. The show has been very well reviewed in the national press; according to Rupert Christiansen in The Daily Telegraph, "it shone with gentle charm", whilst Robert Thicknesse singled out the "verve, clarity and elegance" of Andrew's conducting. To read more, please visit the reviews page.


Final week of rehearsal for La cenerentola

June 14, 2010
Andrew is in the final week of stage rehearsals for Rossini's La cenerentola, produced for Iford Festival Opera by the virtuoso ensemble CHROMA. He is much enjoying working with director Bill Bankes-Jones and an outstanding cast headed by Caryl Hughes, Carlos Nogueira and Richard Suart. The production marks the debut of a new translation by Amanda Holden.


Andrew works on La fille du regiment at The Royal Opera

June 14, 2010
Andrew is working at the Royal Opera House as offstage conductor for Laurent Pelly's legendary production of Donizetti's La fille du regiment, starring Juan Diego Florez, Natalie Dessay, Alessandro Corbelli and Dawn French.


Cavalli's Giasone shines at Chicago Opera Theater

May 2, 2010
Andrew has just completed a successful month in Chicago, working as assistant conductor for Chicago Opera Theater's acclaimed production of Cavalli's Giasone. In addition to conducting the cover showing and playing continuo harpischord and organ during the performances, he deputised for conductor Christian Curnyn in many staging and continuo rehearsals, and has already been reinvited for the 2011 season.