Musical Team

John Andrews – Conductor
John Andrews
Described recently in the Observer as a ‘tremendous young conductor’, and recipient of the 2012 Leonard Ingrams Memorial Prize from Garsington Opera, John Andrews is increasingly in demand for his musical fluency, passion and skill.

He is Music Director of Stanley Hall Opera, and is a frequent guest conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted several productions for English Touring Opera, is on the music staff at Garsington Opera, Chorus Master of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, a resident conductor at Opéra de Baugé, and this year conducts The Mikado for Co-Opera-Co. For more complete and up to date information follow the link above.

During lockdown, John produced a short history of opera which you can still find here: History of opera.

Laurel Neighbour – Assistant Conductor

Laurel is a choral conductor who leads the London Humanist Choir, Springer Nature Singers, King’s College London Staff Choir and Islington Council Singers. She has just completed an Apprenticeship with the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, through the Association of British Choral Directors.

She sings with many professional choirs in London including Apollo5, St Paul’s Cathedral Consort, Gareth Malone’s Voices and London Contemporary Orchestra, has completed The Sixteen’s training programme, Genesis Sixteen, and held choral scholarships with Voces8, and at St Martin-in-the-Fields. She studied Music at Nottingham and grew up in Kent, benefiting from Kent Youth Choirs training.

Now based in London, recent highlights include conducting City of Women in Leadenhall Market, a new piece setting the words of unsung London women; a Flashmob outside St Paul’s Cathedral singing Sisters are doing it for themselves to celebrate International Womens’ Day; recording parts for the Amazon Christmas advert Give a little bit with several of her choirs; and conducting choirs singing the French and Italian national anthems at Twickenham stadium for the Rugby World Cup. Last September Laurel made her conducting debut at the BBC Proms, conducting Victoria Park Singers, one of the eight choirs in John Luther Adams’ In the Name of the Earth, a massed work for 600 voices in the Albert Hall.

Laurel also enjoys getting young people singing, leading education projects for The Voices Foundation, VOCES8 Foundation and works for London Youth Choir as an Assistant Leader.

Louisa Lam – Repetiteur
Louisa Lam is currently freelancing in and around London as an accompanist and piano teacher. She has previously studied at the Royal Academy of Music, King’s College London, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Louisa is proud to be a part of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! scheme which focuses on outreach work, aiming to bring music alive to a wide variety of audiences. Louisa has performed as soloist and accompanist in many venues across London including the Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Southwark Cathedral and St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, as well as further afield, including the Auditori Winterthur in Barcelona and Musica Eboræ in Portugal.


Will Gardner – Repetiteur
Will Gardner
Will Gardner has worked for a number of choirs and ensembles in London and Berlin, including Berliner Rundfunkchor, Karl-Forster Chor and The Royal Opera House Community Chorus. He holds an L.R.S.M. in Piano Performance and a degree in Music from Cambridge University. As an orchestrator Will writes and arranges scores for various artists including Matthew Barney and Mercury Prize winners alt-J.

Information on past members of the musical team is posted at the Past Members of the Musical Team page