On the Couch with Pelham Andrews

Pelham Andrews AAR On the CouchWho is Pelham Andrews?
I’m a performer and creative collaborator based in South Australia. I’m best known from live classical music and opera – especially in character roles, but I’m equally devoted to other styles of music from around the globe. My working life performing can be very loud, dramatic and intense, but I’m a quiet and retiring person by nature.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I would like to become an astonishing time-finder so I can fit in all the different artistic projects that I want to pursue.

Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by all those people who every day, without fanfare, stand up and act for positive change within their sphere of influence. I am inspired by my kids who, despite their young years, continually astonish me with their worldly insights.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Take care of our earth and our diverse cultural heritage. Really listen to people. Keep a close connection between generations – old and young.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Marina del Cantone, Campania. Holds happy honeymoon associations. The azure water, the fish, and the Sirens’ Rocks beckoning Odysseus with song!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
In Adelaide I’d always want to take people to see the sunset over the sea. Nowhere I’ve been in the world has quite the ridiculous number and variety of amazing sunsets that you get in Adelaide. Must be something to do with the Gulf and the Hills and red desert dust. Also you can’t forget the Adelaide Central Market – an essential visit for all foodies! Especially on a Friday night the bustle and atmosphere is great.

What are you currently reading?
I’m reading Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain to my kids. I’m reading manuals on grafting plants to myself.

What are you currently listening to?
Right now I’m listening to recent releases from a couple of exciting artists – all of them co-incidentally Canadian! Land of Talk, Preoccupations, and Chad VanGaalen. I’m also listening to a wonderful library of Flamenco singers recorded in Spain in the 1960s and 70s. Some were professional, some were amateurs singing for their friends and family. It’s raw, stirring, immensely moving stuff.

Happiness is?
Finding your place, your role in the universe. Giving and receiving love. For me it’s my family.

What does the future hold for you?
I don’t know, but let’s go there with a warm heart and an open mind.

Pelham can be seen in Opera Australia’s production of Watershed: The Death of Dr Duncan by Joseph Twist – which will be presented in the Joan Sutherland Theatre – Sydney Opera House: 14 – 16 June 2024. For more information, visit: www.opera.org.au for details.

Image: Pelham Andrews (supplied)