Matt Andrews is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied composition with Professor Robert Saxton, piano, and conducting technique with Alan Hazeldine. He received further tuition with composer Simon Bainbridge and conductors Christopher Adey and Peter Stark. In demand as an orchestral trainer, Matt has been a visiting conductor to the Guildhall School of Music (Junior Dept.), Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra and in 2016 was appointed Musical Director of Essex Young People’s Orchestra. His debut with Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010 performing Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony led to Matt’s immediate appointment as Principal Conductor. In celebration of their 175th anniversary, Matt conducted a special performance of Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand in front of a two thousand-strong audience at the 2016 Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Matt is delighted to have been appointed Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Tamesa from 2019. He is also Principal Conductor of both the Sudbury and Southend Symphony Orchestras, and a regular guest conductor with the Academy of St Thomas.
Matt has been de facto Artistic Director of the McKinsey Music Festival at the Alpine University in Kitzbühel since its inception fourteen years ago. Sought after for leading complex musical projects, Matt gave the première of Neil Yates’s Surroundings for antiphonal Big Band (Manchester Jazz Festival). Matt is also an award-winning consultant in the creative industries. He has managed more than sixty projects in education, broadcasting and the performing arts, and in 2003 received an award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. He has worked with the BBC, Danish Business Council, University of Liverpool, Creative Partnerships and Performing Arts Labs. Matt’s company Creative Imperative also manages international music festivals for its client McKinsey & Company.
Tom was Music Director with Sinfonia Tamesa for more than a decade, and has continued his relationship with the orchestra as Conductor Emeritus.
Tom is currently Music Director of the Essex, Hertford and St Albans Symphony Orchestras and the award-winning Yorkshire Young Sinfonia. He also holds positions with the Palestine Youth Orchestra and Ingenium Academy International Summer School, and is a regular guest conductor with many groups including the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2018–19 season, Tom will make his debut conducting the Orchestra of the Swan, with projects to include accompanying world-famous cellist Steven Isserlis, and developing a new concert programme specially for families.