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.
Highlights of Andrew’s 2015-6 season include his début with Welsh National Opera (Orlando) and the European première performances of Tarik O’Regan’s The Wanton Sublime (Arcola Theatre).
Rehearsal Pianist: Leanne Singh-Levett
Leanne has a varied career encompassing song, chamber music, operatic and choral repertoire. A staff pianist in the Royal College of Music Vocal Department, Leanne also coaches the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. She plays for several choirs, including Kingston Choral Society, Imperial Male Voice Choir and the ViP Choir at John Lewis, and is also an accompanist and chamber music tutor in the RCM Junior Department. She has worked for a number of opera companies including Opera East/ROH2, Opéra de Baugé, Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells and Ryedale Festival Opera.
Following her studies with Roger Vignoles and Andrew Ball at the RCM, Leanne studied orchestral playing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a Britten Pears Young Artist. Leanne has performed in the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Academic Glinka Cappella in St Petersburg. She has accompanied soloists including Jeremy White, Marcus Farnsworth and Deborah Miles-Johnson, and opera workshops with director Kasper Holten of the Royal Opera.