B i o g r a p h y

 

Andrew Kennedy studied at King's College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music in London. He was a member

of the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he performed many solo principal

roles. Andrew has won numerous prizes and awards including the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Rosenblatt

Recital Prize. He is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award winner and won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Young

Artists' Award in 2006. He was also a member of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme.


 

Major operatic roles include Tom Rakewell The Rake's Progress (La Scala, La Monnaie (recorded live for DVD) and

Opéra de Lyon and in concert with Noseda/Stresa Festival); Vere Billy Budd and Quint The Turn of the Screw

(Houston Grand Opera); Tito La Clemenza di Tito (Opéra de Lyon, Oper Frankfurt); Tamino The Magic Flute 

(English National Opera and Opéra Toulon); Don Ottavio Don Giovanni and a staged Messiah (Opera National de

Lyon); Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Welsh National Opera); Almaviva The Barber of Seville (ENO and

WNO); Fenton The Merry Wives of Windsor (ENO) Flute A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal Opera, Covent Garden);

Jacquino Fidelio (Glyndebourne Festival and LSO/Sir Colin Davis); Ferrando Così fan tutte (Teatro Reggio di Torino,

Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Nemorino L'elisir d'amore (Opera North); Flamand Capriccio (Grange Park Opera);

Baron Lummer Intermezzo (Buxton Festival); Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia and Oedipus Oedipus Rex for Den

Norske Opera and Max in a French version of Der Freischütz for Opéra Comique, Paris under Sir John Eliot Gardiner 

and at the BBC Proms.


 

Concert engagements include Bach St. Matthew Passion (Netherlands Philharmonic/Sir Colin Davis); Bach St. John Passion (AAM/Egarr, King's College Choir/Cleobury, Polyphony/Layton); Orfeo in Haydn Orfeo e Euridice (Boston Handel and Haydn Society/Sir Roger Norrington); Tobia Il Ritorna di Tobia (OAE/Norrington); Haydn Die Jahreszeiten (Bamberg Symphoniker/Norrington); Haydn Die Schöpfung  (BBC Philharmonic/Noseda, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner, OAE/Sir Mark Elder and OAE/Fischer); Mozart Requiem and Young Man in Korngold Das Wunder der Heliane (LPO/Jurowski); Orff Carmina Burana (LPO/Hans Graf); Handel Il Trionfo (Gabrieli Consort/McCreesh); Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Philharmonia/Esa Pekka Salonen, RLPO/Gatti, BBC NOW/Thierry Fisher, Musikkollegium Winterthur/Boyd and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra); Handel Messiah (Tonhalle, Zürich); Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts (LPO/Tortelier) and Mozart Mass in C Minor (Hallé Orchestra/Elder). Performances of Britten include Nocturne (BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Atherton and a studio recording for the BBC), Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (St Louis Symphony Orchestra/Robertson, CBSO, and live broadcasts with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Nash Ensemble/Edward Gardner), Les Illuminations (Edinburgh International Festival/Scottish Ensemble) and Spring Symphony (BBC NOW/Atherton).  Appearances at the BBC Proms include Finzi Intimations of Immortality (BBCSO/Daniel); Hymnus Paradisi (BBCSO/Brabbins); a live televised performance of Sullivan The Yeoman of the Guard (BBC Concert Orchestra/Jane Glover) and Elgar Spirit of England at the 2007 Last Night of the BBC Proms.


 

Equally passionate about song repertoire, Andrew has given numerous recitals in Europe and the UK and has appeared with the pianists Julius Drake, Iain Burnside, Malcolm Martineau and Eugene Asti.  Andrew's discography includes six solo albums (Hyperion, Signum Classics, Landor Records, Altara and Naxos); three shared recital discs (Signum Classics and Delphian); numerous recordings for LSO live including Mozart Requiem and Francesco in Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini with Sir Colin Davis and Novice Billy Budd with Daniel Harding;  Haydn The Seven Last Words of Christ (LPO/Jurowski);  Elgar The Spirit of England (BBCSO/David Lloyd Jones); Shepherd in Chausson Le Roi Arthus (BBCSO/Leon Botstein); Oebalus in Mozart Apollo & Hyacinthus and Christgeist in Mozart Die Schuldigkeit des Erstens Gebot (Classical Opera/Ian Page); John Tavener Requiem (Petrenko/RLPO for EMI); Stainer Crucifixion (Huddersfield Choral Society) and Delius Mass of Life (Bournemouth Symphony/David Hill). Further recordings include a disc of Vaughan Williams songs (RLPO/Paul Daniel), Bach St John Passion (AAM/Richard Egarr), Britten St Nicholas (King's College Choir/Stephen Cleobury) and Quint The Turn of the Screw (LSO/Richard Farnes). 

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Andrew has recently been appointed as the Director of Music at Uppingham School in Rutland and begins his new role in September 2019.

©Anna Kennedy 2018