Conductor

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Andrew Morley, ECHO’s current regular conductor, studied conducting and orchestration with Denis McCaldin at Lancaster University and later gained a scholarship to study with Peter Stark at Trinity College of Music where he graduated with distinction and won the Ricordi Conducting Prize.

He started his career with many ensembles in Lancaster, including symphony and chamber orchestras, choirs, choral groups and wind ensembles. At Trinity, his 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 alongside the late Stanley Black with the TCM Symphony Orchestra. 

 Notable 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 the critically acclaimed Medousa: A Miniature Opera where he worked as composer and musical supervisor. Andrew has worked with soloists Wissam Boustany, David Owen Norris, Tim Jackson, Simon Blendis, Stephen Hough and has given the première of a new work for ‘DJ’ and ensemble by Gabriel Prokofiev. He has also prepared music for renowned film composer Debbie Wiseman and conductor Barry Wordsworth, as part of Junior Trinity’s centenary celebrations, and has conducted rehearsals with the Barbican Young Orchestra for performances at the Barbican Hall under Ed Gardner. Future work includes engagements with the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra, the Dorking Chamber Orchestra and the Essex Chamber Orchestra as well as a tenth trip to European Youth Music Week. Andrew has held teaching posts at Lancaster University, Junior Trinity and Oxford Brookes University and maintains conducting posts with the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul’s Sinfonia and the BBC Elstree Concert Band.

Andrew has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in February 2004 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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