Andrew sang a wide range of songs as part of today’s Babygigs concert. Babygigs is a fantastic organisation, dedicated to promoting the concert experience for young children, toddlers and babies. Songs included Finzi’s Let us Garlands Brings, a selection of Flanders and Swann classics, some jazz numbers including Fly Me to the Moon, and the “Last Night of the Proms” fixtures Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia! Eleanor Hodgkinson (founder of Babygigs) played the piano – please visit www.babygigs.co.uk for more information about the excellent work they do.
Andrew spent five days in August in Scotland, teaching singing on the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain summer course. As the only male vocal teacher on the course, it was Andrew’s job to teach all of the boys in the two most senior choirs; the one-to-one lessons included work on repertoire, vocal health and a whistle-stop tour of how the larynx works. This thoroughly enjoyable course culminated in the NCCGB choirs performing in concerts as part of the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. www.nccgb.com
As part of the prestigious Gent Festival of Flanders, Andrew will sing in a concert performance of Leonard Bernstein’s unforgettable musical West Side Story. This will take place on 12 September in Gent, Belgium, and Andrew will sing the part of Action. For more information about this unique and cosmopolitan arts festival, please visit the Gent Festival website, www.gentfestival.be/en
Andrew is thrilled to announce that his students have once again excelled themselves in recent singing exams. Amongst the results are a high Grade 8 Distinction (139) achieved by an incredibly talented 16-year-old girl who worked hard on all aspects of her singing, as well as her sight-singing and aural skills. Across the board, only Merits and Distinctions were achieved, from Grades 1 to 8. Congratulations to all involved.