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Our Musical Director

AndrewHayman

Andrew Hayman

Andrew is a versatile musician, balancing his time as a singer, accompanist, teacher, and director, leading Southampton Choral Society since the beginning of the year.

 

He received his musical education as a chorister, and later Choral and Organ Scholar, at Newport Cathedral, and on a Music Scholarship at Monmouth School. After a gap year spent singing with Wells Cathedral Choir, he read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, in which he achieved First Class Honours, while also singing in the college choir, under the curious title of Academical Clerk. He also gained his ARCO in the summer of 2010. Since completing his degree, Andrew has continued to be associated closely with cathedral music, firstly moving just down the High Street to take up a Lay Clerkship at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, before assuming the same position at Winchester Cathedral in the summer of 2014.

 

His time at these various institutions has provided the opportunity to tour many parts of Europe and taken him as far as the USA, Australia and New Zealand, as well some of Britain’s most prestigious venues. Recording and live broadcasting have been frequent occurrences too, with music spanning the Eton Choirbook to the present day. Solo engagements have included many of the best-known oratorios, including Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Haydn’s The Seasons, and many works by J.S.Bach, Handel, and Mozart. He has on occasion entered the operatic fray, with a highlight of assuming the role of Hyllus in Handel’s Hercules for New Chamber Opera.

 

He is the co-founder and Musical Director of Nos Miseri Homines, a one-to-a-part consort of young professionals, specialising in unaccompanied choral music from the past 500 years and more. He is Director of the Hampshire County Youth and Chamber Choirs, comprising children between 14 to 18 from all over the county, recently venturing up to the Royal Albert Hall to perform. As well as his role of Acting Director for SCS, he works regularly with a large number of choirs in and around Hampshire, either from the podium, the piano, or the organ, including as a vocal coach for the Waynflete Singers.

 

When not busying himself with musical endeavours, Andrew is an avid sports fan, particularly following the fortunes of Chelsea FC, Welsh Rugby, and any sort of cricket.