Andrew Nunn holds 3 degrees from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: B.Mus(Hons); M.Mus (Performance) and a Masters in Conducting which was awarded with distinction. He is the recipient of various prizes including in 2014 the Peter Morrison School of Music Prize for over-all excellence and contribution to the life of the Conservatoire. He is a widely experienced trainer and conductor of choirs and his commitment to Music Education is acknowledged both in Scotland and beyond.
In 2018 Andrew was appointed as the Artistic Director of the National Youth Choir of Northern Ireland, previously known as Ulster Youth Choir. The NYCNI comprises a Training Choir, a Junior Choir and Senior and Chamber Choirs. As Artistic Director Andrew is in charge of the whole organisation and is leading them in their 20th Anniversary season this year. Andrew is looking forward to the challenge of training talented young singers ranging in age from 11-24 drawn from all over Northern Ireland, working with them in the residential Summer Course in preparation for their several concerts and an international tour.
As Director of Choirs at the RCS Junior Conservatoire, he has developed a choral programme of 5 choirs involving over 250 students aged 7-18. The Chamber Choir performed on BBC One Scotland on Christmas Eve 2017. He has worked extensively with the National Youth Choir Of Scotland, most notably conducting NYCOS in Belgium for events broadcast on BBC 1 and 2 to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.
He is equally experienced working with prestigious adult choirs. He is Artistic Director of Les Sirenes the female voice choir which he led to victory in the 2012 Choir of the Year competition. Since that success the choir has been in much demand, performing frequently for BBC Radio, collaborating with BBC SSO and recording two commercial CDs.
Andrew’s work as Director of Music with Bearsden Choir has seen him as trainer and conductor for an immensely challenging and successful series of concerts since his appointment in 2014. Highlights have included performances of Elgar’s The Music Makers and The Dream of Gerontius, the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi, Fauré and Duruflé, Vaughan Williams’s The Sons of Light, and a brilliant performance of Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda. The 50th Anniversary season of Bearsden Choir saw him conducting Handel’s Messiah and the great Mass in B Minor of JS Bach –the latter a long-cherished desire of the Choir, and one which will mark a formidable extension to its repertoire.
Andrew’s spearheading of the unique Choral Education Project of 2016 allowed 280 children from schools across Glasgow to perform in Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Bearsden Choir, Professional soloists and an orchestra from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Thus Andrew’s commitment to youth education and his ambitions for his adult choirs together represent his vision of an ideal and dedicated career in the field of Choral Music. In April 2019 he judged the final of the BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year, which was broadcast both on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Northern Ireland.BACK TO KODÁLY AT HOME