Musical Director: Andrew Griffiths
He has conducted productions for The Royal Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Opera Theatre Company, Early Opera Company, Mid Wales Opera, Bampton Classical Opera and Iford Festival Opera. In concert he has appeared in concert with the 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, ENO, Scottish Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Opera Collective Ireland, and with the BBC Symphony and Scottish Symphony Orchestras, as well as on numerous Royal Opera productions (including the Ring and the world première of The Minotaur), under 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 50 years. Much sought-after as a vocal coach, he works frequently with the singers at the National Opera Studio and The Royal Opera.
In constant demand as a choral conductor, Andrew’s engagements with the BBC Singers have included the world première of John Pickard’s Mass in troubled times, recordings of 20th century American repertoire, and broadcasts of the Howells, Parry and MacMillan. He regularly directs the choirs at Dartington International Summer School, and has appeared in concert with the BBC Symphony Chorus, New London Chamber Choir, and Hong Kong’s Tallis Vocalis. He is Musical Director of Kingston Choral Society and chamber choir Londinium, whose debut recording, The Gluepot Connection, was recently released to widespread critical acclaim.
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 2008 he was chosen to receive the Wagner Society’s Bayreuth Bursary.
Andrew will shortly make his debuts with the Royal Ballet (conducting Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s new work) and the Royal Northern Sinfonia (Bach’s B Minor Mass). Other forthcoming engagements include Mozart, Beethoven and Thea Musgrave with Orchestra of the Swan, and a Venetian Vespers for the Ascension at Dartington.
Rehearsal Pianist: Aeron Preston
Welsh pianist Aeron Preston read Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, and worked as a secondary school teacher in both the public and private sector. He now works primarily as an accompanist and répétiteur, accompanying choral societies and solo singers, and playing as a répétiteur for opera productions across Wales and the Marches.
He completed a PGDip in Advanced Pianoforte Studies (Répétiteur) at the Wales International Academy of Voice, and was a Young Artist répétiteur for 2020/2021 at the National Opera Studio in Wandsworth. He holds the Associateship of the Royal College of Organists, and has recently been appointed organist at St Paulinus’ Church, Crayford. He has also recently become the accompanist for Harlow Chorus.