Following earlier successes the BB Trust is enabling me to sustain a high level profile by funding and promoting two CD recordings that I hope will introduce a large audience to my love of singing and the sort of repertoire that I hope to continue exploring throughout my career. Such financial support alongside effective marketing and publicity and the collective experience of the BB Trust board cannot be quantified and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue making music to the very highest standard.Andrew Kennedy"
Andrew Kennedy was supported by BBT between 2006 and 2010. For an up to date biography go to www.hazardchase.co.uk.
Andrew Kennedy studied at King's College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music in London. He was a member of the Young Artists Programme at Covent Garden and a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. He received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2006. Highlights in his operatic career include Tamino The Magic Flute (English National Opera); Jacquino Fidelio (Glyndebourne Festival); Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress (La Scala, La Monnaie and Opéra de Lyon); Vere Billy Budd and Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw (Houston Grand Opera); Tito La Clemenzo di Tito (Opéra de Lyon); Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia (Welsh National Opera); Ferrando Cosi fan Tutte (Turin). In concert Andrew’s appearances include Mozart Requiem (LSO & LPO); Finzi Intimations of Immortality (BBCSO); Mozart Mass in C Minor (Hallé Orchestra; St. Matthew Passion (Netherlands Philharmonic); Elgar Spirit of England at the 2007 Last Night of the BBC Proms; Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (CBSO, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/BBC National Orchestra of Wales and at the BBC Proms); Les Illuminations (Edinburgh Festival/Scottish Ensemble and with the Orchestre de Picardie); Nocturne (BBC National Orchestra of Wales); Messiah (Tonhalle Zürich). Equally passionate about song repertoire, Andrew gives numerous recitals in Europe and the UK and appears regularly with the pianists Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles, Simon Lepper, Iain Burnside and Malcolm Martineau. In the 2012/13 season Andrew will sing Beethoven Symphony 9 (Philharmonia Orchestra); Bliss The Beatitudes (BBC Philharmonic); Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Helsinki Philharmonic); Carmina Burana (LPO); Messiah (Opéra de Lyon); Barber of Seville (English National Opera); Quint Turn of the Screw (LSO); and Tamino Die Zauberflöte (Toulon).
Last updated: November 2012
Photographs by Benjamin Ealovega
BBT Project: The Dark Pastoral with Julius Drake and Simon Russell-Beale, CD on Altara Classics.
"deeply felt performances which make the most of these songs...cleverly put together and sensitively performed"
BBC Music Magazine, November 08
"A great deal of thought has gone into this recital reflecting on the First World War and its legacy in British song and poetry. Fine musicianship too, with Julius Drake's accompaniments matching Kennedy's tenor in subtlety."
The Times June 2008
BBT Project: CD of Arias by Mozart, Gluck, Berlioz on Signum Classics
"the promise shown by Andrew Kennedy has been confirmed by his rapidly developing international careeer. His voice has grown in strength, well beyond the sterotypical ‘English tenor’ bleat. Without sacrificing the classical elegance that serve him as Mozart’s Belmonte and Emperor Tito, he has acquired a clarion ring at the top that equips him for Tamino and bravura roles like Gluck’s Achilles."
Michael Scott Rohan, BBC Music Magazine June 2010
"I received much pleasure from listening to this CD. Whatever attributes songs demonstrate in a singer, they do not often call for the upper range of a tenor to be displayed, and those who have heard Kennedy only in the song repertoire may be surprised at how good his top is."
John T Hughes, International Record Review April 2010
"[Kennedy’s voice] is always clear in definition and often, as in Pylades’ aria and Tito’s three solos, gracefully poised. And it is good to hear him in an operatic recital for a change."
John Steane Gramophone, July 2010
"Kennedy’s bright, firm tenor is equal to the demands of Gluck’s haute-contre parts. He sings “J’ai perdu mon Euridice” … Simon Over and the Southbank Sinfonia are crystal-clear accompanists and the overture to Tito is splendid."
David Cairns, The Times 21 Feb 2010
- CD for Altara Records
- New photos
- CD with Southbank Sinfonia for Signum Records
Arias by Gluck, Mozart and Berlioz
Gluck: Misero! E che farò! from “Alceste”
Mozart: Ich baue ganz from "Die Entführung aus dem Serail"
Berlioz: O blonde ceres from "Les Troyens"
Andrew Kennedy has deliberately chosen an operatic disc to illustrate the dramatic capabilities of his voice which, he feels, has grown considerably and now equally balances emotional and technical powers. Watch BBT\'s video profile of Andrew Kennedy filmed during recordings for this CD.
Andrew Kennedy tenor
Simon Over conductor
SIGCD189 | www.signumrecords.com
Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
The Dark Pastoral
William Dennis Browne:To Gratiana
Ivor Gurney:In Flanders
"The Dark Pastoral" explores new territory and perspectives in the music and poetry of World War I with readings by Simon Russell Beale. Andrew Kennedy has chosen previously unheard or unpublished songs of three composers - William Denis-Browne, Ivor Gurney and Eugene Goossens.
Andrew Kennedy tenor
Julius Drake piano
from the CD The Dark Pastoral
Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
THE WHOLE PICTUREAndrew Kennedy illustrates the breadth of his work with a CD of arias for Signum Classics
A video profile of Andrew Kennedy, filmed during recordings for his CD with Southbank Sinfonia: Arias by Gluck, Mozart and Berlioz (Signum Classics). This operatic disc illustrates the dramatic capabilities of his voice which, he feels, has grown considerably and now equally balances emotional and technical powers. The passion and infectious enthusiasm of Kennedy and the young orchestral players demonstrate the invaluable experience of the recording process.