Andrew Carwood   conductor and singer

Andrew Carwood

Andrew has directed Lacock courses in Italy, Spain and in Lacock itself, and in August 2007, just before taking up his post at St Paulís Cathedral, directed a liturgical performance of a Mass for the feast of the Assumption, with music by Palestrina and Byrd in Castiglione del Lago in Umbria.

Andrew Carwood is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. He trained as a choral scholar at St John's College, Cambridge, a lay clerk at Christ Church, Oxford and Westminster Cathedral, London before holding the post of Director of Music at the Brompton Oratory in London for five years. He became Director of Music at St Paulís Cathedral in September 2007, the first non-organist to hold the post since the 12th century.

As a singer he has a wide repertoire, from consort songs by William Byrd to the role of the Male Chorus in Brittenís Rape of Lucretia and has undertaken solo roles for Andrew Manze, Sir Roger Norrington, Joshua Rifkin, Harry Christophers, Richard Hickox, Paul McCreesh, Phillipe Herreweghe and Christopher Hogwood: his discography includes works by Vivaldi, Haydn, Warlock, Howells, Janacek and Christopher Headington. Andrew has performed throughout the world with virtually all of the major British vocal ensembles, including The Tallis Scholars, with whom he was a regular member for seven years.

As a conductor, his reputation was established with The Cardinallís Musick and together they perform throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Renowned for their emotional directness and vocal colour, the group has won three Gramophone Awards as well as many other European plaudits. Andrew has become a widely acknowledged expert on music of the 16th and 17th centuries and is also known for the scholarly and entertaining way in which he introduces and narrates concerts, breaking down barriers between audience and performers and allowing the music to speak in an even more eloquent way. He frequently travels abroad for workshops, lectures and masterclasses including engagements in the USA and Australia. He is a Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers and Director of the Edington Schola Cantorum.