Andrew Morley studied conducting and orchestration with Denis McCaldin at Lancaster University and subsequently won the Hertford Scholarship to study with Peter Stark at Trinity College of Music, London. Having graduated with distinction, winning the Ricordi Conducting Prize, he is now in great demand as a conductor and teacher in London and the south-east.
Andrew started his career with many ensembles in Lancaster, including symphony and chamber orchestras, chamber and wind ensembles, and choir and choral groups. He has a particular interest in Twentieth-century orchestral music and is the composer ofIncidental 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 Springwith 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 success at TCM, Andrew was chosen as Trinity’s entry for the intercollegiate Harriet Cohen Memorial Awards. In February 2004 Andrew was awarded First Prize at the Allianz-Cornhill Insurance Conducting Competition (formerly British Reserve competition), having received unanimous votes from both jury and orchestra.
Andrew has directed the Wallace Ensemble in concerts including Walton, Viola Concerto; Mathias, Harp Concerto; Scriabin, Piano Concerto; and has given the premières of a number of works by the Greek composer Basil Athanasladis. Recent work includes a charity performance of Stockhausen’s rarely-performed Gruppen for three orchestras; an appearance with the National Youth Orchestra Sinfonietta at the Lake District Summer Music Festival; and Rachmaninov’sRhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with David Owen Norris. Among future projects are Khachaturian’s Flute Concerto with international soloist Wissam Boustany; a premère of a new work for ‘DJ’ and ensemble by Gabriel Prokofiev; and Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to a Midsummer Night’s Dream with the TCM Sinfonia. In addition he will be working with film and television composer Debbie Wiseman, and conductor Barry Wordsworth, as part of Junior Trinity’s centenary celebrations. Andrew has held teaching posts at Lancaster University, Trinity College of Music, and Oxford Brookes University, and currently works with the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra, St Paul’s Sinfonia and the Southampton University Sinfonietta.
“What we heard was a marvel … the most convincing, gripping, sheerly beautiful realisation of Gruppen that I’ve heard.” – Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
“Appalachian Spring was played with warmth, colour and vitality!” -Kentish Times
“… playing of a precision that must be extraordinarily difficult in such spatially separated circumstances … A heartwarming evening.” – Keith Potter, The Independent
“Andrew Morley gave a moving account of Vaughan Williams’s Tallis Fantasia.” - The Sunday Times
“… the students matched daring with skill, delivering the fiendish complexities of Gruppen with astonishing assurance … Much of the microcosmic drama was caught here, too: a tribute to the young conductors, Tim Henty, Dominic Grier and Andrew Morley, who co-ordinated their widely separated battalions of players with exemplary coolness.” – Richard Morrison, The Times
“Andrew gave his young players [the National Youth Orchestra Sinfonietta] clear, firm direction and encouraged them to give performances notable for their technical command and musical understanding.” – Clive Walkley, The Westmoreland Gazette
“The conductor was in very fine form and brought the orchestra through one of the most energetic versions of that symphony [Arnold No. 3] I have ever heard.” - Beckus, The Journal of the Malcolm Arnold Society