Andrew Shore is Patron of Watford Philharmonic Society
Internationally renowned Baritone with performances at Covent Garden and major opera houses around the world
English National Opera performer since 1987
Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music
Andrew Shore was born in Lancashire and now lives in Chorleywood near Watford. He became Patron of Watford Philharmonic Society in March 2016.
His early talents were quickly harnessed at school, and by local amateur musical societies and theatre groups. His first major solo role was as Curly in a school production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s much-loved musical, Oklahoma.
Andrew studied theology at Bristol University where he developed his passion for theatre and opera. He then went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. After graduating he joined Opera for All, an Arts Council funded touring company. The mission was to take opera to venues throughout the UK and sing in English to make opera widely accessible.
Andrew has become renowned for both his singing and acting. He is one of the foremost international baritones of his generation. He has performed at Covent Garden and major opera houses around the world. Andrew is also much appreciated as a great communicator and committed advocate for his art.
Over the last thirty years Andrew Shore has regularly appeared with the English National Opera. Do click here to read this October 2015 article from the Guardian in which Andrew talks about his greatest comic roles for the ENO English National Opera – with some really great photographs.His characters have included the Major-General in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Papageno the bird-catcher in Mozart’s Magic Flute and Wagner’s evil dwarf Alberich in The Ring Cycle.
Andrew has been seen with the Welsh National Opera in one of his signature comic roles – Dr Bartolo in Rossini’s Barber of Seville (look at the Gallery and the video). He has great affection for the character and says that Bartolo always reminds him of Captain Mainwaring in Dad’s Army – the way he puts on a pompous front, insisting he knows what he’s doing, but always having the rug pulled out from underneath him.
Most recently, Andrew appeared in Turnage’s Greek at the Brooklyn Academy of Music New York, he sang Beckmesser in Adelaide Opera’s production of Die Meistersinger and Baron Zita in English National Opera’s Merry Widow.
Other ENO roles coming up include Pooh Bah in The Mikado and Bartolo in a new production of The Marriage of Figaro.
Andrew Shore is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music and was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Music by Bristol University in 2014.
Welsh National Opera Trailer for Rossini’s Barber of Seville, featuring Andrew Shore as Dr Bartolo