More about Andrew Parrott


Andrew Haden Parrott (b. 1947)


Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall

University of Oxford, Merton College (BA 1969; postgraduate research 1969-c. 76)


Conductor and Director Taverner Choir, Consort and Players (from 1973)

Music Director and Principal Conductor, London Mozart Players (from 2000)

Music Director and Principal Conductor, New York Collegium (from 2002)

Honorary Conductor, Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra (since 2006)

Festival appearances

Include Aldeburgh, Bath, Bratislava, BBC Promenade Concerts, Edinburgh, Flanders, Lucerne, Salzburg, Tanglewood

Radio and television broadcasts

Include BBC, European Broadcasting Union, US National Public Radio

Symphony orchestras

Include Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Chamber orchestras

Include English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St Luke’s (New York), St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Stockholm Sinfonietta

Period-instrument orchestras

Include Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), Musica Aeterna (Bratislava), New York Collegium, Norsk Barokorkest, Philharmonia Baroque, Seattle Baroque, Tafelmusik


Includes Kent Opera, La Scala (Milan), Opera Atelier (Toronto), Opera North, Royal Opera, Royal Swedish Opera

Contemporary music

Includes Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, London Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble

Academic appointments
• Leverhulme Fellowship (1984-5)
• Editorial Committee, Musica Britannica (1989-95)
• Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London (1995-)
• Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham (2000-)

Educational initiatives

• Symposia:

‘Performance Practice’ (1983)
‘Cornetts and Sackbuts’ (1990)?
‘Voice’ (1991)?
‘Bach’s choir’ (1996)

• European Baroque Orchestra (1985)


• Temporary Lecturer, University of Birmingham (1972)?
• Temporary Lecturer, University of Reading (1973-4, 1978-9)
• Lectures and workshops (including Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Cornell, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Holloway College)
• Summer schools (including Dartington, Scandinavian Bach Academy)


• ‘Performing Machaut’s Mass’ (Early Music, 1977)
• ‘Grett and solompne singing’ (Early Music, 1978)
• ‘Purcell: “Dido and Aeneas” ‘ (Building a Library, 1979)
• ‘A tale of five cities revisited’ (Early Music, 1981)
• ‘Performance Practice’ (The New Oxford Companion to Music, 1983)
• ‘Transposition in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610’ (Early Music, 1984)
• The New Oxford Book of Carols (ed. with H. Keyte) (1992)
• The Shorter New Oxford Book of Carols (ed. with H. Keyte) (1993)
• ‘Performing Purcell’ (The Purcell Companion, 1995)
• ‘Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 revisited’ (Performing Practice in Monteverdi’s Music, 1995) [also in The Musical Times, 1995]
• ‘Bach’s chorus: a “brief yet highly necessary” reappraisal’ (Early Music, 1996)
• ‘Bach’s chorus: who cares?’ (Early Music, 1997)
• ‘Bach’s chorus: beyond reasonable doubt’ (Early Music, 1998)
• The Essential Bach Choir (2000; Ger. edn. Bachs Chor: Zum neuen Verstnndnis 2003)
• untitled history of music before Mozart (in progress)


• Assistant to Sir Michael Tippett (1971-c1985)
• Broadcaster and lecturer (inc. Royal Musical Association, World Symposium on Choral Music)
• Continuo player (harpsichord, organ)
• Singer (inc. Electric Phoenix)
• Chorusmaster/assistant conductor (inc. Abbado, Boulez, Britten, Horenstein, Stokowski)