The Team

The Conductor   

Andrew Penny MBE was born in Hull and entered the Royal Manchester College of Music in 1971 to study the clarinet with Sidney Fell. As a post graduate he was the first holder of the Rothschild Scholarship in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Sir Charles Groves and Timothy Reynish, subsequently receiving the Ricordi Prize. He gained invaluable experience with the Opera Unit during this time and was associated with many of the operas presented by the College in its early years both in Manchester and Sadlers Wells Theatre. He also studied with Sir Edward Downes on courses in Holland and on the BBC Conductors Seminar in 1985.

andrew_penny.jpgSince 1992 he has made over thirty recordings for the Naxos and Marco Polo labels, appearing on a further twenty compilations. Much of the repertoire is of British Music and includes symphonies by Sir Malcolm Arnold and Havergal Brian, film music by Vaughan Williams and Walton, theatre music by Sullivan and Holbrooke and light music by Coates and Arnold. His complete cycle of the nine symphonies by Arnold was produced in time for the composer’s 80th birthday in October 2001 and became the BBC Music Magazine’s top recommendation. His recordings of eleven Shakespearian Overtures by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco were released in two volumes on Naxos in 2010.

Andrew Penny has been on the Instrumental Music Staff at Hymers College since 1977 and has been Musical Director of the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra since 1982, the longest serving occupier of that post. He was also chairman of the Beverley Chamber Music Festival and a board member of both the East Riding and Hull Music Education Hubs until recently. He is due to retire in 2022 as musical director of the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra after 40 years in the post.

He was awarded the MBE for services to music in 2014.

Something old, something new, something challenging

Many world-famous soloists and conductors have been associated with the HPO including: Janet Baker, Yehudi Menhuin, Vladimir Ashkenazy and more recently, Martin Roscoe, Peter Donohoe (winner of the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition), Tasmin Little, Nigel Kennedy, David Lloyd-Jones (founder of Opera North), Isabelle Faust, and Peter Stark (featured in the BBC TV series 'Maestro'), David Pyatt (horn), Emma Johnson (clarinet), and Samuel West (narrator for Walton's Henry V).

New talent

We have a track record of offering a platform to emerging talent and our concerts regularly feature prize-winning soloists from competitions such as BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Leeds International Piano Competition, as well as those selected by prestigious schemes such as the Young Concert Artists Trust and the BBC New Generation Artists.  These have included the pianists Chiao-Ying Chang, Sarah Beth Briggs and Ashley Wass, the guitarist Jonathan Leathwood, Lucy Wakeford (harpist), Christine Rice (mezzo soprano), and violinists Matthew Trusler, and Jana Novakova; all of whom have gone on to distinguished international careers.

In May 2014 international prize-winning pianist Alessandro Taverna received a standing ovation for his performance of the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 with the Hull Philharmonic.

The Hull Philharmonic has a new administrator

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We’re playing classic film scores and more requests

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Iconic film music will reverberate around the City Hall in the second of a programme of request musc. …

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