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His bestselling Keyquest tuition books are made up entirely of his compositions and arrangements, which are now known, performed and loved by students throughout the UK. His KEYBAND! ensemble music for electronic keyboards is widely used and performed by schools and music services, and his ensemble pieces published by ABRSM have also proved particularly popular.
Andrew studied composition at the University of Birmingham, where his tutors included the well-known composers John Joubert and and Jonty Harrison, one of the foremost exponents of musique concrète in the UK. Jonty's influence has had a particular effect, and Andrew has embraced the use of natural sound and electro-acoustic techniques in his own works.
In additional to educational and electronic music, Andrew has composed several pieces for solo piano, and now includes his own original music in his recitals. His style is characterised by a melodic approach which brings together influences from contemporary popular, jazz, electronic and classical music, His pieces are generally meditative and he has a strong interest in the power of music to affect our emotions and higher consciousness.
Andrew has composed several solo piano pieces, including those you can hear on the Player below:
Composing your own music will open up a whole new world of musical expression. Creating your own music is one certain way to also deepen your understanding, appreciation and love of other composers' music.
Andrew runs Composition Courses throughout the year, tailored and organised to suit the needs and interests of those who take part. Each Course runs as a standalone unit of work that can be delivered on consecutive days during a school holiday, once a week in an evening, or at your convenience. At the end of the specified Course you will receive a CD or MP3 recording of your own composition.
These Courses concentrate on developing the student's creativity. Knowledge of music theory and technology are not included, because Andrew facilitates the recording of your composition or the production of a printed score. However, a budding composer should make arrangements to learn these essential skills through systematic tuition, which Andrew can provide separately.
If you are interested in coming on a composing course, please contact Andrew