Andrew Thompson - Bass/Baritone

Biography

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Andrew has recently departed from the back row of the choir of Winchester Cathedral to become a Lay Clerk at the Chapel of St George's Windsor. He has a busy concert diary, recently performing as a soloist in Handel's Dettingen Te Deum in the Windsor Festival; the Brahms Requiem with Ryton Chorale;  Mozart Requiem and Haydn's Nelson Mass with the Yorkshire Bach Choir; the Monteverdi Vespers with the Danesborough Chorus; Handel’s Judas Maccabeaus with the Silurian Choir at Tewkesbury Abbey; and Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel & Five Mystical Songs accompanied by Peter Seymour at York Minster.

Andrew trained at Trinity College of Music between 2005 and 2007 with the support of the Higgs Cooper Trust and the TCM Scholarship. He studied with Hazel Wood and Helen Yorke and enjoyed many opportunities during his studies including performing Schumann’s Myrten and Rückert-Lieder coached by Eugene Asti in the TCM Schumann Festival; Bach’s Cantata 106 Actus Tragicus conducted by Philip Thorby in Greenwich Early Music Festival; Le Marquis de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (for which he won the Paul Simm Opera prize) conducted by Gregory Rose and directed by Bill Bankes-Jones.

Prior to his studies at TCM, Andrew completed a degree in Art History at the University of York where he also took optional modules in music (Bach and a performance module), training with Peter and Yvonne Seymour. He often returns to York as a soloist for Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Yorkshire Bach Choir and the Ebor Singers.

Previous operatic roles include, Escamillo, Carmen (Mean Time Opera), Sleep, The Fairy Queen (Yorkshire Baroque Soloists) as well as Noble Councellor, Simon Boccanegra and Pritschitsch, The Merry Widow (both Opera UK). He has also performed in Grange Park Opera’s Chorus of 2008.

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