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Coro Nuovo's Music Director

Coro Nuovo's Music Director

Matt Jelf - Coro Nuovo's New Music Director

Coro Nuovo is delighted to announce that Matt Jelf is to be their new Director of Music.  Matt takes over from Andrew Rees who was a co-founder and who directed the choir for the last 9 years.

Matt is Director of Music at Cumnor House, Sussex and has run music departments at Taunton Preparatory School, the International School of Padua, the Chichester Cathedral Choir School and St Paul’s Junior, London.  Matt is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Brighton 16 choir and was the deputy director of the London Gay Mens’ Chorus.

Matt said: “I am delighted to be working with such a great choir and I look forward to getting involved with all the projects that come under the Coro Nuovo umbrella, for example the Sussex Young Musician of the Year competition”.

Coro Nuovo chair Catherine Kent said: “We are thrilled that Matt is joining us and learning from him as he takes us forward and raises the standard even higher.  We are looking forward to performing at our Victorian Christmas concert in December, a new work called The Legend of Tom Bawcock which was composed by Matt during lockdown”.

Matt Jelf

Andrew Rees – Coro Nuovo’s Music Director 2013 to 2022

Welsh tenor, Andrew Rees, gained an entrance scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He works regularly at the Royal Opera House where roles have included Froh Das Rheingold; Eisslinger Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and he created the role of Doctor Yes in the World Premiere of Anna Nicole.

Elsewhere, Andrew has performed with the Royal Ballet, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, New Israeli Opera, Theatre St Gallen, Weimar, Opera Nantes, Angers, Lille, Nancy, Dutch National Opera, Opera di Roma, Theatre Champs-Elysées, Danish National Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Opera Holland Park, Grange Park opera and Chelsea Opera Group.

He has performed at the BBC Proms, in Mexico, Portugal, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and Australia (Sydney Opera House). Orchestras include the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Warsaw Philharmonic, RTE Dublin, BBCSNO, BBCNOW, Finnish National Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, CBSO and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, most recently at Carnegie Hall with Jonas Kaufmann.

Andrew has sung under the batons of Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Tony Pappano, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, Andris Nelsons, Mark Wigglesworth, Jiri Kout, Oleg Caetani, Benjamin Zander, Danielle Gatti, Stefan Asbury, Mark Albrecht and Jacek Kaspszyk and has created four roles for Jonathan Dove.

Andrew moved to Sussex 17 years ago when he joined the Glyndebourne chorus for two seasons and has now settled in Newick with his wife, soprano, Jo Appleby, and their two boys.

When he is not performing, he is a sought-after teacher, coach and adjudicator. He has appeared as a professional commentator at the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and at The National Eisteddfod of Wales on numerous occasions.