Musical Director - Andrew O'Brien

Our Musical Director - ANDREW O'BRIEN MA MMUS MMP

No stranger to Hertfordshire, over the last five years Andrew O'Brien has achieved national recognition through his coveted win of the BBC Junior Choir of the Year 2012 as well as one of his singing pupils, Laura Barraclough winning the BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year in 2013

A former student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Kings College London, Andrew has travelled extensively as a tenor soloist across the UK, Europe and USA. After fourteen years as director of music at Holy Trinity Sloane Square described as the ‘Cathedral of the Arts and Crafts' he has decided to step down to work closer to his home in Buntingford. He has contributed much to the musical life of Chelsea and he will be greatly missed. Andrew is a fine musician but has a particular talent for drawing the best out of choirs. International tenor Russell Watson once said on the BBC 'when I reach the pearly gates of heaven, that is the sound I want to hear and that is due to the conductor'.

Adapting to our new Musical Director

A change of MD can be an unsettling time for a choir but member feedback after the summer concert is positive:
‘Since Andrew O’Brien was appointed as Musical Director at Royston Choral Society, he has certainly challenged our musical ability. He has provided support and encouragement to singers of all abilities in this community choir. So much so, that we were able to put on Purcell’s complex Dido and Aeneas with confidence and I think we pulled it off’
‘A cracking concert, probably one of the best we’ve ever done. Soloists excellent, RCS soloists too. It was great for the choir to ’get into character’ and do something different. New people signing up already!’