We are delighted to announce that two distinguished local musicians have accepted our invitation to become our first patrons. They are locally born French horn player, David Pyatt, and Chorleywood baritone, Andrew Shore. David and Andrew have each expressed an interest in developing their roles as Patrons of the Society in association with Musical Director, Michael Cayton, and both hope to contribute to future concert programmes.
David was only fourteen when he won the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 1988 – at the time, the youngest player to take the title. He is a former pupil of Watford Boys’ Grammar School and he read History at Selwyn College, Cambridge. David then forged an international career as Principal Horn player with the London Symphony Orchestra and more recently, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. David is a sought-after soloist and ensemble player in concert halls throughout the world.
David teaches younger players as Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and as a Horn Tutor with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
David Pyatt made his BBC Proms debut in 1993 and has reappeared several times since, giving a memorable performance of the Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 at the Last Night in 2004.
At one of his many performances at the Edinburgh Festival, he gave a special recital to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of legendary horn player Dennis Brain, whose playing had greatly inspired him as a young musician.
David has made many critically acclaimed solo recordings and can be heard playing on the soundtracks accompanying major films such as the Star Wars and Harry Potter series.
From 2019, David will be the Principal Horn of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Andrew Shore’s 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’s passion for theatre and opera developed while studying theology at Bristol University. He 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. Its mission was to take opera to venues throughout the UK and to sing in English to make opera widely accessible.
In the years following, Andrew has become renowned for both his singing and acting. He is one of the foremost international baritones of his generation, with notable performances at Covent Garden and major opera houses around the world. He is also much appreciated as a great communicator and committed advocate for his art.
Over the last thirty years Andrew Shore has made regular appearances with English National Opera playing 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. 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 – it has some really great photographs.
Most recently he has been seen with Welsh National Opera in one of his signature comic roles, Dr Bartolo in Rossini’s Barber of Seville. Having great affection for the character, Andrew 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 under him.
A fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music, Andrew was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Music by Bristol University in 2014.