Following his studies at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Adrian Thompson Northern Irish tenor Andrew Irwin completed his training at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Leipzig under the tutelage of Prof. KS Roland Schubert.
Andrew won the 2017 Forde Taylor prize for Gilbert & Sullivan at the Feis Ceoil (Dublin) and the E.A. Redman prize for German Lieder performance at the RWCMD. He is grateful for the loyal support of The Fermanagh Trust, The Viola Westminster Bursary, The Joan Trimble Award and Mr Christopher Ball. Most recently he was awarded the Audience Prize at the Northern Irealand Festival of Voice.
Andrew recently made his Welsh National Opera début in the role of Amelia’s Servant Un Ballo in Maschera and also sang Cecil Roberto Devereux for the company. He performed Jan in HMT Leipzig’s production of Millöcker Der Bettelstudent and an Opera Highlights tour for Scottish Opera for whom he also covered the role of Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His opera engagements have also included Christoph in Maxwell Davies Kommilitonen! with Welsh National Youth Opera, Conte Almaviva in Paisiello Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Junge Mitteldeutsche Kammeroper, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni and Die Knusperhexe Hänsel und Gretel with the Leipzig Sommerorchester and Don Basilio and Don Curzio Le Nozze di Figaro with Clonter Opera.
Equally at home on the concert platform Andrew has performed works by Schütz, Mozart, Rossini and Stainer. A keen recitalist, his repertoire includes Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin, Schumann Dichterliebe, Britten Winter Words, Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel and Finzi Oh Fair to See.
Amongst Andrew’s plans are recitals in his native Northern Ireland and the role of Telemaco in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for Longborough Festival Opera.