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Carwood, Andrew (30th April 1965-Present)

He is an English tenor and conductor who took his studies at Harrow’s John Lyon School and became a lay clerk at Westminster Cathedral and Christ Church, Oxford and choral scholar in Cambridge with the Choir of St. John’s College. He followed this by working at London’s Brompton Oratory for 5 years as its Director of Music.

During his professional career in music he has made a name for himself as a consort and solo singer as well as a respected conductor and is recognised for his abilities in performing a wide range of English repertoire that covers medieval to contemporary music.

He has sung with consorts that include The English Consort, the Exon Singers, the Gabrieli Consort, the Oxford Camerata, the Parley of Instruments, Polyphony, Pro Cantione Antiqua, The Tallis Scholars and The Westminster Cathedral Choir and as a soloist has worked with many leading conductors including Richard Hickox, Robert King and Joshua Rifkin.

He is a busy conductor and aside form working as a guest conductor at many international venues and with the BBC Singers, The King’s Consort and the Sixteen, he spends the majority of his time leading The Cardinall’s Musick, which he co-founded in 1989.

A 1995 and 2006 winner of the Gramophone Early Music Award, he is very busy in the recording studio. He has worked on albums that include more than twenty recordings with The Cardinall’s Musick, several with the Westminster Cathedral Choir and many others.

In 2001 he became the National Theatre’s Music Advisor for a production of John Osborne’s Luther and at the annual Edington Festival he is Director of the Schola Cantorum. In 2005 he became an Associate of the Royal School of Church Music and in 2007 accepted the post of the Guest Conductor for the BBC Singers. Also in 2007 he became the first non-organist since the 12th Century to become Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Here he is as the soloist with the Westminster Cathedral Choir for a performance of Menndelssohn’s “Ave Maria”…..