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Andy was born in Northern Ireland and studied first clarinet, then saxophone at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He is a particularly versatile musician happily moving between jazz and classical saxophone. He was a mainstay of Saxtet one of the UK’s most successful saxophone ensembles for many years appearing on national TV and Radio.
He is a regular member of the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and Karen Street’s Streetworks.
As a freelance player he has performed with London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, Delta Saxophone Quartet, Flotilla (with Kyle Horch) and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as well as jazz orchestras - the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Ed Leaker’s Swing Machine and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and Mike Westbrook. He has worked on the West End and on touring shows across the country playing all the saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute.
He is a Yamaha Artist.
Andy is particularly highly regarded as a saxophone teacher in the UK and is currently teaching at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Wells Cathedral School one the UK’s four specialist music schools for 11-18 year olds. He has over 30 years of experience teaching at all levels and teaches the craft of instrumental teaching at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
He has given masterclasses, workshops and examined at Royal College of Music, Welsh College of Music & Drama, Leeds College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music, Aldeburgh Young Musicians and various British Saxophone Congresses.
He has music published by Boosey & Hawkes and Saxtet Publications.
Lessons are always friendly and interesting and my teaching is always pupil centred. The initial lesson is about finding out what the student wants to get out of the lessons, what their motivation is like and how they practice. How a pupil practices is the most important factor in any student making good progress and I have developed a huge range of techniques, concepts and tricks that I can pass on to help them get the most out of their practice sessions.
I have coached students to successful entry into most of the UK's music colleges.
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- Birmingham Conservatoire (1989) - GBSM (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Birmingham Conservatoire (1989) - ABSM Saxophone Performance (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Birmingham Conservatoire (1988) - ABSM Clarinet Performance (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Birmingham Conservatoire (1987) - ABSM Clarinet Teaching (Other) (✘ Not On File)