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Andrew Carwood Biography

Andrew Carwood

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Living in: England

Andrew Carwood is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation, working both as an international solo and consort singer and as director of The Cardinall's Musick. A choral scholar at St. John's College, Cambridge and a lay clerk at Christ Church, Oxford and Westminster Cathedral, he was also Director of Music at the Brompton Oratory in London for five years.

Andrew's impressively diverse vocal repertoire encompasses the renaissance to the contemporary: from the consort songs of William Byrd to the role of the Male Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. As a soloist he has worked worldwide with conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Joshua Rifkin, Harry Christophers, Richard Hickox, Paul McCreesh, Phillipe Herreweghe, Robert King and Christopher Hogwood. He is also a regular member of The Tallis Scholars. His discography includes works by Hassler, Vivaldi, Haydn, Warlock, Howells, Poulenc, Janacek and Christopher Headington.

As a conductor he works principally with The Cardinall's Musick; together they perform throughout the UK and Europe. An acknowledged expert on 16th- and 17th-century music, he is acclaimed for his determination to set music in its historical and liturgical context through witty and immaculately researched introductory talks that bring the music alive. Andrew has worked as guest conductor with The BBC Singers, The Sixteen and The King's Consort, and with enembles in the USA, France, Spain, Iceland and Denmark. He is also Director of the Schola Cantorum at the Edington Music Festival.

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