Who Am I?
Michael Thomas Andrews is a Welsh composer, arranger, and orchestrator writing in an eclectic range of styles. Michael’s contemporary-classical music is strongly influenced by jazz harmony and strong motivic development. He has had works performed by Liam Byrne (Fretwork), Spirituoso, soprano Juliet Fraser, Lontano, Juice, the Burney Players, and the Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir. His compositions have been performed in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and across the UK.
Michael studied composition with Errollyn Wallen, Deirdre Gribbin, Stephen Montague, Robert Keeley, Joseph Phibbs, and Paul Bartholomew. He studied at King’s College London (with piano performance at the Royal Academy of Music), gaining a first-class degree in music, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music.
Orchestrator and Arranger
Michael is a prolific orchestrator and arranger, having written for BBC’s Songs of Praise, the All Souls Orchestra, Paul Baloche, Michelle Todd, Graham Kendrick, Martin Smith, Jonathan Veira, the Adoramus Choir and Orchestra and the St Paul’s Cathedral Massed Choir. His arrangements have been broadcast on television and radio, and several have been released on CDs and DVDs. He also enjoys writing for film and media, with one of the most recent projects he worked on being shown at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival.
Michael studied conducting with Gregory Rose at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, as well as receiving private tuition from Noël Tredinnick, conductor of the All Souls Orchestra, and Paul Stobart, pianist and conductor at the Royal Opera House. Michael has experience conducting numerous orchestras, choirs, musicals, and big bands, including the All Souls Orchestra, Adoramus Orchestra, Cockfosters Community Chorus and Orchestra, and King's Musical Theatre Company. He serves as Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church, Cockfosters in north London.