Andrew Thomas obtained a first class honours degree in music from the City University, London, studying composition with Rhian Samuel and, concurrently, the flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Katy Gainham, Ian Clarke, Rowland Sutherland and privately with Robert Dick. He has performed extensively in London and the South East as an orchestral and chamber musician as well as winning competitions to perform concerti and being invited to appear as a guest soloist. Following undergraduate study Andrew took the MPhil degree in composition at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge receiving supervision from composers Robin Holloway, Jonathan Harvey, Ken Hesketh and Arlene Sierra. He is currently studying privately with Richard Causton.
His works have been performed throughout the UK and on the continent by ensembles and performers including the Britten Sinfonia, Sarah Nichols, the chapel choir of St. Catharine’s College Cambridge, Kokoro (the contemporary music ensemble of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and the London Contemporary Music Group. In March 2005 Andrew was shortlisted in the final of the Philip Bates Prize for Young Composers for his work The Lover’s Thirst and his 3 Meditations for solo piano have recently been submitted by the British panel of the ISCM for possible inclusion in the ISCM’s World Music Days 2006 in Stuttgart.
Andrew is currently working freelance as a teacher, flautist, composer and singer in London and the South East of England.
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