MA, MPhil, FRCO (ChM), ACertCM, FRSCM
Andrew joined H&H in October 2017. His interest in organ building began with the acquisition of a small Victorian pipe organ at home while he was still a teenager. He worked part-time for H&H after leaving school in 1989, holding notes for our tuner in the Midlands. He began organ lessons at the age of 9, and was taught by David Sanger and Peter Hurford whilst at Cambridge, graduating with a music degree and an MPhil in Musicology. He achieved his FRCO as a prize-winner, and performed the complete organ works of JS Bach in one marathon 25-hour recital.
As Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral from 1996 he was organist on several notable discs, including the first recording of James MacMillan’s Mass. In 2000 he became Sub Organist of Westminster Abbey, where he played the organ for many major services including the funeral of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Andrew then became Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral for eight years from 2004. During his time there, he established a choir of junior girl choristers and managed the transition of chorister education for boys and girls to a new junior department at The King’s School, Peterborough. Highlights with the Peterborough choir included concerts, tours, recordings and radio broadcasts, and two televised Christmas Eucharists in 2008.
Latterly, during five years as Director of the Royal School of Church Music, Andrew with his management team revitalised the education programme and strengthened the charity’s financial stability, enabling it to provide for the diverse needs of church musicians on a more progressive footing, and concentrating its mission on music in Christian worship.
Andrew is married to Louise, who is also an organist, and they have four children. He is the Director of Music at St George’s Church, Cullercoats, on Tyneside, with its fine Lewis organ of 1885, restored by H&H in 1987.