24th May 2018 - 7pm (Doors Open - 6.45pm)
As part of the "In Conversation with..." Programme for 2018 and 2019, Oliver Cromwell's House is pleased to host "The Conductor" - Andrew Parnell
Andrew Parnell has conducted choirs and orchestras since his student days in Cambridge. For 25 years, he lived and worked in St Albans, as Assistant Master of the Music at the Cathedral (where he also founded the Abbey Girls Choir), as Choral Director at St Albans School and Conductor of the City's Symphony Orchestra. Highlights during that time were Verdi's Requiem with St Albans School and St Albans High School; Bach's St Matthew Passion with St Albans Bach Choir; Britten's War Requiem and Berlioz's Te Deum with combined local societies. He also directed the Cathedral Choristers in a performance and recording of Orff's Carmina Burana with the LPO conducted by Franz Welser-Möst at the Royal Festival Hall. Andrew often directed or played for the BBC Singers in Radio 4's Daily Service.
With the Abbey Choirs, he performed in Cathedral services; high-profile special occasions, often attended by royalty; foreign tours; recordings; and broadcasts on radio and TV. He gave many solo recitals both home and abroad.
Since Andrew turned freelance in 2001, he has developed a three-fold career. Conducting has remained a major part of this. In addition to Ely Choral Society and Ely Youth Choir, he conducts the Wymondham Symphony Orchestra, South Norfolk’s premier orchestra. Andrew specialises in working with amateur music-makers, encouraging them to enjoy their singing and playing, while they develop their skills to the highest standard of performance.