Andrew Henley OM 2002- 2009 who studied English at Exeter University and later opera singing for four years at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has been contracted to the National Opera Studio for the upcoming season.
Andrew said: “I’ve been singing as long as I can remember. When I went to Monmouth I had singing lessons with Ian Dollins every week. David Lawson gave me a brilliant grounding in all sorts of musical training (including being in an A level music class of one!) and made sure I was in as many choirs and ensembles as possible, for which I’m very grateful to him.”
The highlight of his career so far has to be performing in Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s chorus for Carmen. The singers and orchestra are some of the best in the world.
At NOS, Andrew will also have the opportunity to take part in residencies and auditions with the UK’s six main opera companies (Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera and Glyndebourne).
“I had a brilliant time at Monmouth School, and tried (not always successfully) to balance my academic pursuits with my musical interests and obsession with rugby.”