“Superb playing by the Orpheus Sinfonia conducted by Andrew Griffiths and Hai-Ting Chinn's utterly committed performance deliver the highest degree of excellence.”
(The Daily Telegraph)
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, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Opera Theatre Company, Early Opera Company, Mid Wales Opera, Bampton Classical Opera, Iford Festival Opera and the Grimeborn Festival. 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 premiere 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 fifty 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 C20 repertoire.