Andrew Nethsingha

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Andrew Nethsingha
Andrew Nethsingha at St John's College, Cambridge.jpg
Andrew Nethsingha at St John's College, Cambridge in 2017
Andrew Mark Nethsingha
Alma materClifton College
St John's College, Cambridge
Royal College of Music
OccupationDirector of Music at St John's College, Cambridge
Known forDirector of Music at Choir of St John's College, Cambridge; Gloucester Cathedral; Truro Cathedral

Andrew Nethsingha, FRCO, ARCM (born 16 May 1968) is an English choral conductor and organist, the son of Lucian Nethsingha also a cathedral organist. He is the Director of Music at St John's College, Cambridge, where he was previously the Organ Scholar. He was also the President of the Cathedral Organists' Association. He has performed in the UK, North America, South Africa, China and many European countries.


His early musical training was as a chorister in Exeter Cathedral, where his father Lucian Nethsingha was Organist for over quarter of a century. He was a music scholar at Clifton College in Bristol where he studied with Gwilym Isaacs before gaining his organ scholarship to St John's Cambridge.[1] He later studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won seven prizes, and at St John's College, Cambridge. He has held Organ Scholarships under Dr Christopher Robinson (musician) at St George's Chapel, Windsor and Dr George Guest, both of whom were Organist and Director of Music at St John's College. Having held the post of assistant organist at Wells Cathedral, in 1994 Nethsingha had eight years as Master of the Choristers and Organist at Truro Cathedral, becoming the youngest cathedral organist in the country. During this period the reputation of the choir increased considerably.[2] He succeeded David Briggs at Gloucester Cathedral in 2002 (whom he had also followed at Truro), and also held the artistic directorship of the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival and the conductorship of Gloucester Choral Society.

He has worked regularly with some of the UK's leading orchestras. Performances with the Philharmonia have included Britten War Requiem, Mahler Symphony No. 8 and Elgar The Kingdom as well as a programme of Vaughan Williams and Finzi broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His most recent performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have included Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Gershwin An American in Paris and Elgar Sea Pictures. He has also worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra and conducted a performance of Handel's Messiah in Beijing.

Personal life[edit]

His wife, Lucy Nethsingha, is a Liberal Democrat politician, who has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East of England since 2019.[3] They married in 1996.[4]


Preceded by
Neil Kelly
Organ Scholar, Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor
Succeeded by
Roger Muttitt
Preceded by
Robert Huw Morgan
Organ Scholar, The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Alexander Martin
Preceded by
Christopher Brayne
Assistant Organist, Wells Cathedral
Succeeded by
Rupert Gough
Preceded by
David Briggs
Organist and Master of the Choristers, Truro Cathedral
Succeeded by
Robert Sharpe
Preceded by
David Briggs
Organist and Master of the Choristers, Gloucester Cathedral
Succeeded by
Adrian Partington
Preceded by
David Hill
Director of Music, St John's College, Cambridge
Succeeded by

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ Incorporated Association of Organists:
  3. ^ "The UK's European elections 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Nethsingha, Andrew Mark", Who's Who (online ed., Oxford University Press, December 2018). Retrieved 27 May 2019.