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.
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: 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.