Andrew Lumsden


 

Andrew Lumsden

Born in 1962, Andrew Lumsden was educated at Winchester College and The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before going up to St John's College, Cambridge as Organ Scholar.  Whilst there, he was assistant to Dr George Guest in training the Choir and in playing the organ for services, concerts, broadcasts and tours. After three years as Assistant Organist at Southwark Cathedral, he was appointed Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey, where he played the organ for many important national occasions, including the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and memorial services for Lord Olivier and Dame Peggy Ashcroft.  He was also a regular broadcaster on the BBC's Daily Service and Choral Evensong and also appeared in the English National Opera's 1990 production of Busoni's Dr Faust.

In 1992 Andrew Lumsden was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Lichfield Cathedral.  During his time there, the Cathedral Choir recorded 5 CDs and toured France, Germany, Italy and the USA.  The Choir regularly appeared on BBC Radio (Choral Evensong, Daily Service and Radio 4's Sunday Worship) and television and, in December 1998, it broadcast no fewer than 8 times (7 live, 1 recorded) in 24 days, including a series of 4 live TV programmes for BBC1 on all 4 Sundays in Advent.  During his time, the Choir also appeared in concert with Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Sir Simon Rattle.  He oversaw the complete rebuilding and extension of the Cathedral's Hill organ by Harrison and Harrison, which took 21 months to complete.

In September 2002 he took up his current appointment as Organist and Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral, succeeding David Hill. During this time the Choir has continued to record and broadcast frequently, including a highly-acclaimed programme of carols on Christmas Day 2010 on BBC 2. The Choir has also performed in the Duomo and Baptistery in Florence, at the Gottingen Handel Festival with the English Concert and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Henry Wood Proms, with Sir Roger Norrington and the Salzburg Camerata, and in St Vitus Cathedral, Prague. The Choir also toured the USA to great acclaim in 2007. As conductor of the Waynflete Singers, Andrew works regularly with major orchestras including Florilegium, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has also conducted choral courses in New York City, Pennsylvania, Quebec and Delaware, and, early in 2015, toured Australia and New Zealand.

As a soloist, Andrew Lumsden has appeared with the LPO at the Royal Festival Hall, the ECO at the Barbican and the CBSO in Symphony Hall, Birmingham.  He was the one of the youngest people to broadcast a solo recital on BBC Radio 3 (he was 17 at the time) and has broadcast live organ recitals from the University of Huddersfield and Westminster Cathedral. He frequently tours abroad - recital venues have included such diverse places as Bergen, San Francisco, Saint Tropez, Harare and Sydney.