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Simon Andrews

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Simon Andrews was born in England and educated at Chichester Cathedral Choir School and Charterhouse, where he was a music scholar studying piano, composition, clarinet, harpsichord, organ, tuba and voice. He won a scholarship to read music at Christ Church, Oxford where, in addition to his studies, he was conductor of the Oxford Chamber Choir and founded the Oxford Chamber Ensemble. He was awarded B.Mus and MA degrees. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won the Frederick Corder and Alexander Hervey prizes for composition. In 1985 he won the Benjamin Britten International Composition Prize with Shadow At Morning, which was premièred at the Aldeburgh Festival conducted by Oliver Knussen. Other notable performances at that time included Prelude and Toccata for Organ on BBC Radio 3 and the commissioning of Praises, for three choirs, percussion and organ for the 1987 St. Alban’s International Festival.

Shortly thereafter he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, joining the Ph.D. program at the University of California at Berkeley, where he won di Lorenzo and Eisner prizes. During this time, premières of his music included At The Violet Hour for large orchestra by the U.C. Berkeley Symphony, Sunyata for chorus and percussion, and his cantata The Fire and The Rose, commissioned to celebrate the centenary of the First Unitarian Church of Berkeley.

He moved to Pennsylvania in 1994 to take up the position of Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles at Franklin and Marshall College. Since then his music has been performed in New York, Boston and Baltimore, as well as in England, the American Music Festival in Lusaka, Zambia and at a festival of contemporary piano music in Zhuhai, China and most recently the International ClarinetFest in Assisi, Italy. His scores for two television documentaries have aired in over one hundred PBS markets nationwide. Performers of his music include the Cypress Quartet, The Newstead Trio, the Harrisburg Choral Society, the Choral Society of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, organist John Butt, clarinetists Doris Hall Gulati and Christy Banks, The Naked Eye Ensemble, the choir of New College, Oxford, the Chamber Choir of Eastern Mennonite University and the ensemble Beyond Ourselves. The first CD of his chamber music, with PARMA records, will be appearing in later 2017.

He is also known as a composer of practical church compositions and arrangements which are performed throughout the United States, published by Morningstar Music and St. James Press or available through his website.