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Finalist, Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year (2015)
The Manning Prize for Tenors (2014)
The Dolan Evans Award (2016)
"...an eager and personable Lechmere, flirting delightfully with Katie Coventry's Kate Julian and displaying all the proper attributes" - Planet Hugill (2016)
"...Andrew Henley's lyrical Fenton" - Rian Evans, Opera (2016)
"Andrew Henley as a loveable skaterboy gardener Fenton" - Arts Scene In Wales (2016)
"Best of the cast was the tenor Andrew Henley who was immediately convincing as Lechmere, leaping atop a table and wielding a sabre with naïve gusto, to the alarm of Coyle and the other trainee recruits. Henley alone sang with consistently good diction, and displayed an appealing tone." - Clare Seymour, Opera (2016)
Andrew Henley, as [Owen's] friend Lechmere and sporting a ringing tenor voice, relished chopping off 'vile foreign heads' - ClassicalSource.com (2016)
"Andrew Henley makes a convincing job as the lead, with more than a hint of Benny Hill in his delivery" - South Wales Argus (2015)
"Andrew Henley's tenor sounded clear and strong" - Newbury Weekly News on Carissimi Jonas with Newbury Choral Society (2015)
"Henley sang well, and was a convincing shy introvert who was ready to break out of his mummy-shaped mould" - Seenandheard International (2015)
A tenor from Monmouth, South-East Wales, Andrew is a recent graduate of the MA Opera Performance Course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. His studies were supported by a Help Musicians UK Tutton Award, the South Square Trust Fund, the RWCMD Shirley Bassey Award and the Elizabeth Evans Trust . He was a finalist in the 2015 Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year, and studies with Adrian Thompson and Michael Pollock. He will be a trainee at the National Opera Studio for 2017-18.
Operatic engagements have included Lechmere in Owen Wingrave with British Youth Opera, Fenton in Falstaff, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, Albert in Albert Herring, Schoolmaster in The Cunning Little Vixen, First Armed Man and Tamino (cover) in The Magic Flute and Bill (cover) in Dove Flight for RWCMD Opera, Christoph in Maxwell Davies Kommilitonen! for Welsh National Youth Opera, Le Remendado and Don José (cover) in Carmen with Opera'r Ddraig, Prince Philippe in Berkeley A Dinner Engagement and Le Chat Noir in Ravel L'Enfant et des Sortilèges for Bute Park Opera, Apollo and Jupiter (cover) in Semele with Sforza Baroque. Chorus work has included Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2015) and Wexford Festival Opera (2016).
Equally comfortable on the concert platform, Andrew has featured as a soloist in works including Handel Messiah, Samson and Israel in Egypt, Bach Magnificat in D and Easter Oratorio, CPE Bach Magnificat, Mozart Requiem, Vespers and Mass in C Minor, Salieri Requiem, Beethoven Mass in C, Saint-Säens Oratorio de Nöel, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Puccini Messa di Gloria. 2016 engagements have included an Opera Highlights concert with the WNO Orchestra, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, at BBC Hoddinot Hall. In January 2016 he performed Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Birmingham Symphony Hall, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and returned in June to perform excerpts from Purcell The Fairy Queen, conducted by Nicholas McGegan.
Andrew began singing at Haberdasher's Monmouth School for Boys with David Lawson and Ian Dollins. After accepting a place at the University of Exeter to study English, he joined Exeter Cathedral Choir as a choral scholar, where he spent three years until graduating with upper second-class honours in 2012. Originally performing as a baritone, he made the transition to tenor after enrolling at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance (Merit) in 2014. He is a former lay clerk at Llandaff Cathedral and sings with the cathedral choirs of Bristol and Gloucester as a deputy.
Andrew is generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales, the Split Infinitive Trust, the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund and Mr Chris Ball.
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