Andrew began studying the piano with Anne Topping at the age of 6 near his home town of Preston, and under the tutelage of Nigel Pitceathly, he gained entry to Chetham’s School of Music in 1997. He continued lessons with Murray McLachlan and in 2002 reached the national final of the BBC Young Musician competition, and gave a public recital of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto at 16 years old. As a composition student at Chetham’s, Andrew participated in masterclasses with Sir Peter Maxwell Davis and James MacMillan. He completed his first symphony at the age of 21.
Since 2008, Andrew has established a flourishing private piano and music theory teaching practice in Prestwich and currently has thirty students. He began work at Salford University as an accompanist and teacher in 2015, and was asked to take up a lectureship in musicology three years later.
Andrew is currently working on compositions for brass instruments, with a view to supplementing the repertoire for students at Salford University and providing experience of playing contemporary music.