Copyright Andrew Henley 2013
Hailing 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 and the RWCMD Shirley Bassey Award. He is a recipient of the Manning Prize, the Dolan Evans Award and was a finalist in the 2015 Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year. Andrew studies with Gary Coward and is a trainee at the National Opera Studio, supported by the WNO Sir John Moores Award.
Roles at RWCMD included Fenton Falstaff (cond. Carlo Rizzi), Albert Albert Herring, Schoolmaster The Cunning Little Vixen, First Armed Man and Tamino (cover) The Magic Flute and Bill (cover) in Flight. Operatic engagements have included Novice Billy Budd with the St. Endellion Festival (cond. Ryan Wigglesworth), Lechmere Owen Wingrave with British Youth Opera (cond. Alex Ingram), Major (cover) Patience with English Touring Opera (cond. Tim Burke), Christoph in Maxwell Davies Kommilitonen! with Welsh National Youth Opera (cond. Alice Farnham), Le Remendado and Don José (cover) Carmen with Opera'r Ddraig, Prince Philippe in Berkeley A Dinner Engagement and Le Chat Noir L'Enfant et des Sortilèges with Bute Park Opera, Apollo and Jupiter (cover) Semele with Sforza Baroque. Chorus work has included Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2015) and Wexford Festival Opera (2016). 2017 engagements include highlights from La Boheme with ROH Reimagined, in association with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
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, Beethoven Mass in C, Mendelssohn Elijah, Saint-Säens Oratorio de Nöel, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Verdi Requiem 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 Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales, the Split Infinitive Trust, the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund, the Elizabeth Evans Trust and Mr Chris Ball.
"...Andrew Henley's lyrical Fenton" - Opera