- Instrument: Clarinet
Born and raised in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Andy began his musical studies at Yorkshire Young Musicians, at Leeds Conservatoire before moving to Manchester to study the Royal Northern College of Music with Lynsey Marsh, Nicholas Cox, Chris Swann and Matthew Hunt. After graduating with First Class honours, he moved to London to study on the Orchestral Artistry masters programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Joy Farrall, Andrew Marriner and Michael Collins, where he graduated with Distinction. During his masters studies he was the winner of the Clarinet Prize and a finalist at the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers Prize for Woodwind.
Andy enjoys a varied freelance career, having worked with the Hallé, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra. As an experienced soloist and chamber musician, recital venues include St. John Smith’s Square, LSO St. Luke’s, St. James’s Piccadilly, and the Buxton International Festival. In November 2018, Andy was invited to perform as a soloist alongside the RNCM Symphony Orchestra at their high-profile tribute concert to Sir John Manduell, and was later recorded and featured on Prima Facie Records. He has also commissioned and premiered a range of new works, including Matthew Eden’s two-movement sonata for clarinet and piano. Taking additional interest in jazz performance, Andy has appeared alongside Gwylim Simcock and the Impossible Gentlemen, and has also performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Committed to outreach and educational work, Andy has participated in workshops across London, Yorkshire, Manchester and Cumbria, and regularly enjoys working with LSO Discovery.
Andy is proud to be a Young Artist with the Musicians’ Company, and is grateful to the Musicians’ Company, Norman Gee Scholarship Foundation and Help Musicians UK for their generous support towards his studies.
Musicians’ Company Award: GSMD Orchestral Artistry Scholar 2020
Page Updated: Feb 2022
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