Andrew Morley - Conductor

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Andrew Morley studied conducting and orchestration with Denis McCaldin at Lancaster University and subsequently won the Hertford Choral Scholarship to study with Peter Stark at Trinity College of Music, graduating with distinction and winning the Ricordi Conducting Prize. 

He started his career with many ensembles in Lancaster, including symphony and chamber orchestras, chamber ensembles as well as choirs, choral groups and wind ensembles. He has a particular interest in twentieth century orchestral music and is the composer of Incidental Music to Frühlings Erwachen, Time Transfixed, and more recently Six Miniatures for Chamber Ensemble. At Trinity, Andrew's conducting work included Aaron Copland's ballet Appalachian Spring with the TCM Sinfonia, Heinz Holliger's experimental study in breath, Pneuma, with the TCM Wind Orchestra, and a concert of film music arranged by the late Stanley Black with the TCM Symphony Orchestra. In recognition of his successes at conservatoire Andrew was chosen as Trinity's entry for the intercollegiate Harriet Cohen Memorial Awards.

Andrew has directed the Wallace Ensemble in concerts including Walton Viola Concerto, Mathias Harp Concerto, Scriabin Piano Concerto and has given the premiere of a number of works by the Greek composer Basil Athanasiadis. Recent work includes Stockhausen's rarely performed Gruppen for three orchestras, an appearance with the National Youth Orchestra Sinfonietta at the Lake District Summer Music Festival and a performance of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with revered pianist David Owen Norris. Andrew has also conducted Khachaturian's Flute Concerto with international soloist Wissam Boustany, given the premiere of a new work for 'DJ' and ensemble by Gabriel Prokofiev and has worked with the film and television composer Debbie Wiseman and conductor Barry Wordsworth as part of Junior Trinity's centenary celebrations. Future work includes further engagements with the Wolsey Orchestra, TCM Sinfonia and TCM Students' Orchestra as well as a fourth trip to European Youth Music Week in Stourbridge. Andrew has also held teaching posts at Lancaster University, Trinity College of Music and Oxford Brookes University and holds conducting posts with the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul's Sinfonia, The BBC Elstree Concert Band and the Southampton University Sinfonietta. 

In February 2004 Andrew was awarded first prize at the Allianz-Cornhill Musical Insurance Conducting Competition (formerly British Reserve Competition) having received unanimous votes from both jury and orchestra.

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