biography

Andrew Griffiths enjoys an enviable reputation as a dynamic and versatile conductor with a particular flair for opera and choral music.

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, 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 Griffiths, conductor

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 holds the position of Head Coach & Music Consultant at the National Opera Studio, and works regularly with the Young Artists at The Royal Opera.

In constant demand as a choral conductor, Andrew appears regularly with the BBC Singers, for whom his engagements have included the world premiere of John Pickard’s Mass in Troubled Times, recordings of Brahms, Hassler, Barber, Ives and Giles Swayne, and broadcasts of Howells, Parry, MacMillan and Martinů. 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 2008 he was chosen to receive the Wagner Society's Bayreuth Bursary.

Andrew's engagements in the 2021-2 season include Lidarti's Ester for Hampstead Garden Opera, premiere recordings of Kenneth Leighton choral works with Londinium, contemporary scenes for the National Opera Studio, and Monteverdi's Vespers at Dartington. He also returns to The Royal Opera to work on Katie Mitchell's production of Theodora, and to Opera Collective Ireland for Semele.