The English tenor, Andrew Kennedy, He was a chorister at Durham Cathedral, attended Uppingham School, and then a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge; Further study at the Royal College of Music in London. This was followed by a place on the Vilar Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he performed many solo principal roles. Andrew has won numerous prizes and awards including the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Rosenblatt Recital Prize. He is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award winner and won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists’ Award in 2006. From 2005 to 2007 he was a member of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.
Major operatic roles include Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress (La Scala, La Monnaie (DVD with Kazushi Ono) and Opéra de Lyon and in concert with Gianandrea Noseda/Stresa Festival); Vere in Billy Budd and Quint in The Turn of the Screw (Houston Grand Opera); Tito in La Clemenza di Tito (Opéra de Lyon, Oper Frankfurt); Tamino in The Magic Flute (English National Opera and Opéra Toulon); Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and a staged Messiah (Opéra de Lyon); Belmonte in W.A. Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Welsh National Opera); Almaviva in The Barber of Seville (ENO and WNO); Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor (ENO); Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Opera, Covent Garden); Jacquino in L.v. Beethoven's Fidelio (Glyndebourne Festival and London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis); Ferrando in W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte (Teatro Reggio Torino, Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore (Opera North); Flamand in Capriccio (Grange Park Opera); Baron Lummer in Intermezzo and Belfiore in W.A. Mozart's La Finta Giardinera (Buxton Festival); Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia and Oedipus in Oedipus Rex for Den Norske Opera and Max in a French version of Der Freischütz for Opéra Comique, Paris under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and at the BBC Proms.
Concert engagements include J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) (Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr, King's College Choir Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury, Polyphony/Stephen Layton); J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) (Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis); Orfeo in Haydn's Orfeo e Euridice (Boston's Handel and Haydn Society/Sir Roger Norrington); Tobia in Il Ritorna di Tobia (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Roger Norrington); Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten (Bamberger Symphoniker/Roger Norrington); Haydn Die Schöpfung (BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Sir Mark Elder and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Fischer); W.A. Mozart's Requiem (London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons); Orff's Carmina Burana (London Philharmonic Orchestra/Graf); George Frideric Handel's Il Trionfo (Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh); L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Gatti, BBCNOW/Thierry Fisher, Musikkollegium Winterthur/Boyd); G.F. Handel's Messiah (Tonhalle and Tonkünstler orchestras, Zürich); Berlioz' Grande Messe des Morts (London Philharmonic Orchestra/Tortelier) Edward Elgar's Dream of Gerontius (Hallé Orchestra) and W.A. Mozart's Mass in C Minor (Hallé Orchestra/Mark Elder). Performances of Benjamin Britten include Nocturne (BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Atherton and a studio recording for the BBC), Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra/Robertson, Helsinki Philharmonic/Sir Neville Marriner and live broadcasts with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Nash Ensemble/Edward Gardner), Les Illuminations (Edinburgh International Festival/Scottish Ensemble) and Spring Symphony (BBCNOW/Atherton). Recent appearances at the BBC Proms include Finzi's Intimations of Immortality (BBC Symphony Orchestra/Daniel); Hymnus Paradisi (BBC Symphony Orchestra/Brabbins); a live televised performance of Sullivan's The Yeoman of the Guard (BBC Concert Orchestra/Jane Glover) and E. Elgar's Spirit of England at the 2007 Last Night of the BBC Proms with Jiri Bêhlolávek.
Equally passionate about song repertoire, Andrew Kennedy gives numerous recitals in Europe and the UK, is a frequent performer at the Wigmore Hall, London and appears regularly with the pianists Julius Drake, Iain Burnside, Malcolm Martineau and Eugene Asti.
Recent and forthcoming engagements include the role of Pang Turandot in a concert performance for Scottish Opera at Usher Hall, B. Britten’s Serenade with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Les Illuminations with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and St. John Passion (BWV 245) with Sir Roger Norrington at the BBC Proms.
Andrew Kennedy’s fast growing discography includes six solo albums (Hyperion, Signum Classics, Landor Records, Altara and Naxos); three shared recital discs (Signum Classics and Delphian); numerous recordings for LSO live including W.A. Mozart's Requiem and Francesco in Berlioz' Benvenuto Cellini both with Sir Colin Davis and Novice in Billy Budd with Daniel Harding; Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ (London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski); E. Elgar's The Spirit of England (BBC Symphony Orchestra/David Lloyd Jones); Shepherd in Chausson's Le Roi Arthus (BBC Symphony Orchestra/Leon Botstein); Oebalus in W.A. Mozart's Apollo & Hyacinthus and Christgeist in W.A. Mozart's Die Schuldigkeit des Erstens Gebots (Classical Opera/Ian Page); John Tavener's Requiem (Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for EMI); Stainer's Crucifixion (Huddersfield Choral Society) and Delius' Mass of Life (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/David Hill). 2013-2014 will see a further six recordings released including a disc of Ralph Vaughan Williams songs (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Paul Daniel), J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) (Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr), Benjamin Britten's St Nicholas (King's College Choir Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury) and Quint in The Turn of the Screw (London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Farnes).