Andrew Penny was born in Hull and entered the Royal Manchester College of Music in 1971 to study the clarinet with Sidney Fell. As a postgraduate 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 and receiving the Ricordi Prize. He also studied with Sir Edward Downes on courses in Holland and at the BBC Conductors Seminar in 1985.
Since 1992 he has made over 50 recordings for the Naxos and Marco.
Polo labels. 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 eightieth birthday in October 2001 and his most recent release was 2 CDs of the complete Shakespeare Overtures by Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
Andrew Penny is now the longest serving Musical Director of the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra and has been Head of Woodwind at Hymers College since 1977. He is a member of the Hub Advisory Boards for both Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire and was awarded the MBE in the Birthday Honours of 2014.
He is delighted to return to Classics in the Park as Musical Director.