DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Andrew began his musical education in 1989 as a Chorister at Christ Church, North Shields under the tutelage of Russell Missin. In 1994 he was awarded an Organ Scholarship before being promoted to Assistant Organist, and eventually, Director of Music.
In 1994, on leaving school Andrew was apprenticed to Harrison & Harrison, Organ Builders of Durham to train as a professional Organ Builder. At an early stage he took an interest in tuning and voicing, and in 2000 at the age of 22 he was appointed as London Tuner, taking on the responsibility for the tuning and maintenance of many parish church organs and for the instruments in many of the main London venues, including Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, and the Royal Festival Hall.
During 16 years as London Tuner, Andrew continued to play a significant role in the voicing of projects such as Stockholm City Hall, St Mary, Redcliffe, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Westminster Central Hall. Andrew was appointed Head Voicer in 2012 which he combined with his role as London Tuner until 2016 when he relinquished the tuning round to focus solely on voicing, at which time he was also elected as a company director.
Since becoming Head Voicer, Andrew has been responsible for the musical success of many projects, including the Royal Festival Hall, Exeter Cathedral, Temple Church and King’s College, Cambridge, together with new organs for Edington Priory, Hakadal Kirke and Frogner Kirke, Norway, and St Andrew’s Church, Bedford.
Amongst many organs in the UK, Andrew has worked in Australia, Denmark, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the USA. He is in regular demand as a writer, speaker and animateur on the subjects of organology and voicing, and is a board member of the International Society of Organ builders.
As a musician, since moving to London, Andrew spent five years as Organist and Assistant Choir Director at St Margaret’s, Lee, followed by four years as Assistant Director of Music and Director of the Girls' Choir at Croydon Parish Church - now Croydon Minster.
Andrew was appointed Director of Music at St Michael & All Angels, Croydon in January 2012, having previously served as Acting Director of Music from April 2010.
In addition to his professional work and weekly church duties, Andrew has been Director of Amici Coro since November 2009. Under Andrew's direction, Amici Coro have sung choral services at most of the southern Cathedrals.