Musical Director: Andrew Griffiths
Andrew Griffiths enjoys an enviable reputation as a dynamic and versatile young conductor with a particular flair for opera and choral music.
A graduate of The Royal Opera’s prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, Andrew has conducted productions for The Royal Opera, Opera North, Opera Theatre Company, Early Opera Company, Mid Wales Opera, Bampton Classical Opera and Iford Festival Opera. He has appeared in concert with the orchestras of The Royal Opera and Opera North, 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, WNO, Chicago Opera Theatre 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 appears regularly with the BBC Singers, for whom his engagements have included an acclaimed performance of Gawain (BBC SO/Brabbins), recordings of twentieth-century American repertoire, and broadcasts of the Howells’ Requiem, Parry’s Songs of Farewell and MacMillan’s Tenebrae Responses. He is Musical Director of Kingston Choral Society and chamber choir Londinium, and has appeared as a guest conductor with New London Chamber Choir, Hong Kong’s Tallis Vocalis, and the choirs of Dartington International Summer School.
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’s recent and future engagements include his Barbican Hall debut conducting the BBC Singers, Handel’s La Resurrezione with Early Opera Company at Wigmore Hall, the 1589 Florentine Intermedi at Dartington, and Londinium’s debut recording, focusing on rare British 20th Century repertoire.
Rehearsal Pianist: Leanne Singh-Levett
An experienced concert artist, Leanne has performed song repertoire with Mary Bevan, Marcus Farnsworth, Jeremy White, Deborah Miles-Johnson, Nick Pritchard and the Ferrier Award and Wigmore Hall Song Prize Winner, Julien van Mellaerts.
Leanne accompanies several choirs, and has performed in concert with conductors including Andrew Griffiths, Aidan Oliver and Graham Ross. Leanne performed in St Petersburg’s Academic Glinka Capella during an Imperial Male Voice Choir tour in 2013, and has also appeared in the Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room in chamber repertoire including Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (arr. Stein).
A staff pianist in the Vocal and Opera Department of the Royal College of Music, Leanne accompanies Opera Scenes performances as well as Song and Language Classes. She has worked as répétiteur on RCM Opera productions with Michael Rosewell, and played for an Opera Scenes project with director Kasper Holten. Leanne has coached and accompanied the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera, and is a staff pianist at Oxenfoord International Summer School, directed by Malcolm Martineau.
Recent highlights include a recital at the RA for International Women’s Day (March 2018), concerts in Frankfurt and Offenbach with the Imperial Male Voice Choir, and the RCM’s double bill of Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse and Watkins’ In the Locked Room.