Andrew studied conducting with Denis McCaldin at Lancaster University and with Peter Stark at Trinity College of Music where he graduated with distinction and won the Ricordi Conducting Prize. Whilst at Trinity performances included Aaron Copland’s ballet ‘Appalachian Spring’, Heinz Holliger’s experimental study in breath ‘Pneuma’ and a concert alongside the late dance-band supremo Stanley Black.
Notable work has included Stockhausen’s rarely performed ‘Gruppen’ for three orchestras, an appearance with the National Youth Orchestra Sinfonietta at the Lake District Summer Music festival and the critically acclaimed ‘Medousa: A Miniature Opera’ for which he was composer and musical supervisor. Andrew has worked with soloists David Owen Norris and Tim Jackson and gave the premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s work for ‘DJ’ and ensemble which was later unveiled at the Proms. He has prepared music for film composer Debbie Wiseman and for conductors Barry Wordsworth and Ed Gardner. Future work includes engagements with Essex Chamber Orchestra, the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra, the Wolsey Orchestra and the Dorking Chamber Orchestra as well as a ninth trip to European Youth Music Week in Germany. Andrew has held teaching posts at Lancaster University, Junior Trinity and Oxford Brookes University and continues as musical director of the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul’s Sinfonia and the BBC Elstree Concert Band.
In February 2004 Andrew was awarded first prize at the Allianz-Cornhill Musical Insurance Conducting Competition having received unanimous votes from both jury and orchestra.