Eminent Conductor Joins CforC

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The chair and trustees are delighted to announce that the esteemed English conductor Andrea Quinn has joined our Music Planning Group as an adviser.

Her appointment marks a major step in the charity’s development following the retirement of founder Sue Norrington BEM.  It signals a determination to broaden the audience for classical music in this remote area of south west Herefordshire, whilst further adding to Concert for Craswall’s reputation as a promoter of high calibre live concerts.

Commenting on her appointment, Andrea said ‘I am delighted to become involved with ‘Concerts for Craswall’ and am excited about exploring the possibilities for future concerts. We are so very lucky to be able to bring great music and musicians to such a beautiful and hidden part of our country. I shall be very pleased to be a part of it.



Andrea Quinn studied conducting with Colin Metters, George Hurst and John Carewe at The Royal Academy of Music, leaving with both the Ernest Read and Ricordi Conducting prizes. She went on to study in Hungary.

Later Andrea became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College of Music.

In 1993 she won the Royal Ballet Companies competition ‘Conduct for Dance’, after which she rapidly developed a career conducting for ballet. Working with many of the world’s leading companies. Andrea was Music Director of the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden for three years.

Her concert career developed alongside her work in the pit.  She has worked with several of this country’s leading orchestras, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Halle Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Meanwhile Andrea’s flourishing career as an operatic conductor included projects with The Flying Dutchman in Norrlands Operan, Aida with Malmo Opera, Misper at Glyndebourne and The Merry Widow at Opera North.

Her tenure at Norrlands Operan featured innovative programming with an emphasis on contemporary works such as James Macmillan’s The Confession of Isobel Gowdie and Kalevi Aho’s Clarinet Concerto.

In addition, Andrea has worked with a wide variety of leading orchestras abroad, including in Australia, Asia, America and Europe.

Recent engagements include Swan Lake with the Norwegian Ballet, and The Cardiff University Chamber Orchestra with clarinet player Robert Plane.

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