Andrew Griffiths

Guest Conductor

Andrew Griffiths

Andrew Griffiths is a musician of rare versatility, equally accomplished in Monteverdi and Mozart, Brahms and Birtwistle.

He combines his position as Head Coach & Music Consultant at the National Opera Studio with a busy freelance career as a conductor, choral director and coach for many of the UK’s leading theatres and ensembles.

A graduate of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, he has conducted productions for The Royal Opera (Linbury Theatre), The Royal Ballet, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Opera Theatre Company, Opera Collective Ireland, Early Opera Company, Mid Wales Opera, Bampton Classical Opera and Iford Festival Opera. He has appeared in concert with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Swan, Southbank Sinfonia and Orpheus Sinfonia, and is regularly engaged to broadcast and record with the BBC Singers.

Andrew has worked at Glyndebourne, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, and with the BBC Symphony and Scottish Symphony Orchestras, and regularly joins the music staff at The Royal Opera, working alongside such conductors as Pappano, Bychkov, Elder, Gardiner and Mackerras. He is often engaged for projects outside the standard operatic canon, and is particularly experienced in Baroque repertoire and the music of the last fifty years. Much in demand as a vocal coach, he works frequently with the Young Artists at The Royal Opera, as well as overseeing the training of the singers and pianists at the National Opera Studio.

"What a success Wednesday's guest proved to be, Andrew Griffiths creating a gust of enchanting fresh air as he inspired these empathetic performers to exhilarating heights of precision and blends of colour... the remarkable Griffiths, of whom I hope to hear a whole lot more."
Birmingham Post

He is Musical Director of Kingston Choral Society and chamber choir Londinium, whose debut disc, The Gluepot Connection, received wide critical acclaim. He regularly conducts for Dartington International Summer School, and has appeared as a guest conductor with the BBC Symphony Chorus, New London Chamber Choir, and Hong Kong’s Tallis Vocalis.

A pianist, viola player and singer by training, Andrew began his musical education as a Quirister and Scholar at Winchester College, and read music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he held a Choral Exhibition. He studied conducting under Martyn Brabbins in Glasgow, and trained as a répétiteur at the National Opera Studio and at Scottish Opera. He is a former principal viola of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and a founder member of vocal consort Stile Antico. 

In addition to his work at the National Opera Studio, Andrew’s engagements during the 2022-3 season include reinvitations to the Royal Opera for Alcina, Opera Collective Ireland for Semele, and to the Orchestra of the Swan to conduct music by Paul Patterson

Concerts featuring Andrew Griffith

Revolting Rhymes with Toyah willcox

REVOLTING RHYMES WITH TOYAH WILLCOX

The Courtyard, Hereford

Performed in November 2023

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