Dr Andrew Padmore
"I can't wait to perform Handel's wonderful music and meet the chorus. What a fantastic choral tradition! You'll find the Nidderdale Messiah experience to be everything Handel intended; uplifting, spiritual and it'll put a tingle down your spine."
Andrew loves performing with singers from all backgrounds and standards. He is highly respected in amateur and professional music circles and his approach to rehearsals combines passion, energy, expert knowledge and a natural ability to create amazing performances from musicians at all levels.
M.A. D.Mus. FTCL. FLCM. LRAM. ARCM. ARCO(CHM). HonFGCM. HonFGMS.
Before launching himself as a freelance conductor, Andrew Padmore had acquired an impressive list of academic qualifications and performance diplomas, studied conducting under Sir Adrian Boult and undertaken a variety of musical activities.
He has been Director of Music in an old-established Grammar School and has had a successful period as Cathedral Organist & Master of Choristers at Cork and Belfast Cathedrals, giving organ recitals in many of the British Cathedrals and major Concert Halls. He has also played both violin and trombone professionally. However, in 1989, after further academic study, he left full-time Cathedral music to concentrate on his work as a choral and orchestral conductor, lecturer and masterclass clinician worldwide.
Much of his work has been in the choral sphere, and he works with choirs internationally, from some of the small professional chamber choirs at the BBC to the largest forces like the famous “Huddersfield Choral Society”. He is in demand as a guest conductor for the major choral repertoire, and to direct choral and orchestral workshops in schools, colleges and universities in the U.K. and as far afield as Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Kenya and Zimbabwe. He is a popular choice for major school productions and often engaged to conduct works like Carmina Burana, African Sanctus etc.