BIOGRAPHY

composing in china 2.jpg

Since turning professional in 1986 Andrew has had extensive experience both as composer and performer, appearing in performances of his own works on UK Radio 1 (The Andy Kershaw Show and The Friday Rock Show), BBC2 Network East and Channel 4 with Nigel Kennedy.

 

In the 80s and 90s he worked extensively with Asian artists such as Balbir Singh (founder of The Bhujhangy Bangra Group) and Asian Bands such as Apna Sangeet, and in 1988 Andrew worked with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on 2 western crossover albums, performing with Nusrat on Network East (BBC2), Big World Cafe (Ch4), Top of The Pops (BBC1) and on the UK tour in 1990.

 

 

 

Classically trained on piano and church organ (Hereford Cathedral), he has worked as composer and pianist for Birmingham Royal Ballet, on numerous education projects including: Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Penguin Café, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Theme & Variations, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, La Fille mal Gardee, Elite Syncopations and Nutcracker Sweeties, Hobsons Choice and Arthur.  He has composed original music for and directed site-specific performance pieces at The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Aston Hall, Birmingham Hippodrome and numerous other sites.

Andrew has also composed for the London Contemporary Ballet Company, Jiving Lindy Hoppers, Sampad, The National Youth Ballet, Kokuma African Dance Theatre, Chitraleka Indian Dance Theatre, Mercurial Arts and Tallia Teatrum. His music has been performed live at The Lichfield International Arts Festival, The Stroud Festival, Sadlers Wells Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Symphony Hall, Hong Kong and the National Centre for Performing Arts Beijing.

TV and Radio credits more recently include “Chameleons of Truth” animation film (ITV), “BBC News at 10”, “African Safari”, "Pied Piper of Hamelin", (BBC), “Ballet-Hoo” (Channel 4), and a pilot for a new children’s TV series, “Burkey Bear”.

His first work for full orchestra, 'Synapse', was commissioned by The Duke of Norfolk to inaugurate the open-air fireworks concert at Carlton Towers, Yorkshire in July 1995. He has since written for members of the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Ballet Sinfonia and Bardi symphony orchestras, and orchestrated music for concerts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.  

 

He has also mentored  Birmingham Conservatoire pianists, and been an Edexcel examiner for A-Level Music Technology.

 

Andrew has written music for several short films, including 'The Quiet Man Suite' written for London 2012 as part of the London Olympics, and completed his first feature film, 'The Journey' in 2014.  Since then he has worked on trailers for several feature films including Crow.

His work for The National Trust has been extensive, creating sound design installations for the RAF Museum at Defford, and Croome Court, and in 2019 a major audio-visual installation for their headquarters at Heelis, Swindon promoting their Riverlands innitiative.

 

After meeting Chris Young in Madrid, he was invited to join Chris in LA in 2018/2019 to shadow the making of the score for 'Pet Sematary'.  After this, Andrew was commissioned to write for the British Ballet Organisation (BBO) - music for a 'Lockdown' Choreographic film challenge entitled 'Pandemonia', which was broadcast to across the UK, Canada and Australasia.

 

In 2020 Andrew was commissioned to write the score for the sweeping, romantic feature 'Fairytale' set in Ireland and NYC.   Composed during the 2nd UK coronavirus lockdown, it featured Irish musicians and a string orchestra performing with social distancing and covid protocols.

Andrew currently holds Directorships in The Sound Moves Music Company Ltd and Evolved Foods Ltd, and currently works between Worcester UK, London, Ireland and Los Angeles.

Screen Shot 2021-04-19 at 09.52.48.png
Screen Shot 2021-04-19 at 10.06.38.png
Nusrat Vol 23 front001.jpg
Nusrat Vol 23back001.jpg
Screen Shot 2021-04-19 at 09.51.35.png