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Andrew Lowen

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At the age of 11 Andrew won a scholarship to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music at their Saturday morning school for gifted young musicians, at the same time he attended a grammar school with a choir winning international choral competitions.  With this early background in performing Andrew decided to make music his career.  He went on to study music at Birmingham University where his main interests were in singing, conducting and Baroque performance practice.  He graduated in 1979, winning the Arnold Goldsborough prize for final year students.  Andrew conducted the university chamber choir and went on to direct chamber choirs in London and St Albans.

Andrew is conductor of the Folkestone and Hythe Orchestral Society and the Canterbury Orchestra, and has been musical director of the Sittingbourne Orpheus Choral Society since January 2007.  Andrew has worked with the professional chamber orchestra the Kent Sinfonia on a series of concerts for young children and on a concert for the Sevenoaks Festival.  In addition to his work as a freelance conductor Andrew is busy as a teacher.

Andrew's career highlights include Verdi's Requiem in Canterbury Cathedral and in Cheltenham Town Hall; Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony in Canterbury Cathedral; and Haydn's Creation in Central Hall Westminster.  Repertoire for 2011 included Mendelssohn’s 

 

For more information visit Andrew's website 

Next Concert

Russian Fairytales

Sat 6th May, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

with Whitstable Dance

Tickets at £15 and £8 available from the Gulbenkian Box Office

Our Spring Concert introduces a collaboration with Whitstable Dance which will allow local young people to share the pleasure of performance with the Orchestra in a presentation of music and dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Nutcracker. The programme will focus on Act ii of the ballet in which the heroine, Clara, travels with the Prince (an erstwhile nutcracker) to the Land of Sweets where they are entertained. The Nutcracker is one of the Tchaikovsky's most popular compositions. The music contains some of his most memorable melodies including the Trepak and the famous Waltz of the Flowers and March, as well as the ubiquitous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The ballet contains surprisingly advanced harmonies and a wealth of melodic invention. The atmosphere of magic and mystery is sustained by a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral suite Scheherazade, inspired by the tale of The Arabian Nights in which the Sultan’s wife deflects her imminent execution through skilful storytelling and eventually wins her reprieve. Like The Nutcracker, the music is adventurous and delightfully orchestrated.

 

 

Interested in playing with the Canterbury Orchestra?

If you would like the opportunity to play interesting music in a variety of styles and including some of the major symphonic repertoire, call Canterbury's Orchestra Manager Nicky Pound on 01304 812755 or email us.