“Great music composed how you like it, when you want it”
Andrew’s roots lie in the West Midlands UK , although from the ripe old age of 3 he moved to the South Coast in West Sussex (near Chichester) where for the next 15 formative years he resided.
During this time Andrew dedicated most of his spare time to learning the piano, trumpet, and developing skills in musical theory. At this time he also developed a love of singing, campanology and obsessively collecting absolutely everything.
He gained a junior scholarship at the age of 13 to London College Of Music and then the Royal College of Music where he continued a more formal classical education.
A growing interest in jazz and contemporary music led him to Leeds College of Music where he spent three years concentrating on directing/conducting. composing and arranging and doing the usual student things that best not be mentioned here.
After Leeds he moved to Cornwall, then Bristol where he played in a number of bands before moving to London to undertake a PGCE in secondary music teaching.
Over the next 10 years he taught music in schools across all key stages, set up a successful large-scale event production company with clients such as the National Trust, Royal Parks, Local Authorities and private clients He also set up and was musical director to the Teddington and Hampton Music Festival in London as well directing the ‘In Toto’ range of ensembles which included a chamber choir, concert orchestra and music theatre ensemble. Composing and recording continued throughout. He continued his studies in conducting and directing through a regular course with Alan Hazeldine (head of conducting at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama) and mentoring from Stephen Jackson (conductor, BBC Symphony Chorus) he has conducted in recording situations for many occasions as well as co conducting on events with CBSO and London Mozart Players.
Education and arts advocacy developed with a role as the first head of the Portsmouth Music Service and then Director of the Warwickshire Music Education Hub and Chair of the Warwickshire Arts and Cultural Education Partnerships.
He is dedicated to creative composition for media, education and in particular choral music. He has had his compositions performed on BBC TV and radio, media as well as Purcell rooms, (South Bank), UK cathedrals and concert halls
in 2007 he received the prestigious Bernharr Rainbow award for music education
in 2011 he received an MA in song writing and contemporary music
Andrew has –
- a PRS registered number
- a member of Music Mark registration
- a fully enhanced DBS (formally known as a CRB)
- a full PGCE and a GTC number
- an Arts Award trainer status
- ABRSM Music Medals trainer status
- a GDLCM degree from Leeds College of Music
- an MA from Bath Spa University
- a PGCE from Middlesex University
- grade 8 piano, trumpet and theory
- has received formal training in Samba, Taiko and African drumming, choral conducting, music production, song writing, arranging , composing, directing, film editing, marketing, improvisation and orchestral conducting.