Andrew was born in Hastings in 1981 but spent his early years in Africa, where he became interested in music through his membership of The Salvation Army. After completing two years of a BA Graphic Design degree, he decided to embark on a BA Music Degree at Middlesex University, which he completed in 2005.
Andrew first received acclaim for his compositional skills when in 1997 he came runner-up in Performance, The Arts Channel's Young Composer of the Year for Great Britain. However, his biggest compositional project to date was arranging Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace for brass band, choir and organ. It has been performed by numerous groups across the world and a CD was produced of the work in May 2007, followed by a DVD by Black Dyke Band in 2010 of a live performance at Birmingham Symphony Hall. More recently, Andrew's arrangement of Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater was premièred by Cory Band at the European Brass Band Championships in Montreux, Switzerland and has since been performed by the band at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and broadcast on BBC Radio 2.
Recent projects have included commissions from David Daws, David Childs, Chris Jeans, Les Neish, Michael Baker and Sheona White, as well as several arrangements for ITV's "Britain's Got Talent" star Faryl Smith and former BBC Radio 2 Choirgirl of the Year, Lucy Rhodes. He has had several pieces published and has had compositions played by Black Dyke Band, Cory Band, Foden's Band, Fairey Band, The International Staff Band, Virtuosi GUS Band and the Brass Band Aid Celebrity Band. His music has also featured on BBC Radio 2. For more information, visit awainwrightmusic.com.
As a performer and tutor, Andrew has been fortunate to have completed tours to the USA, Switzerland, Portugal, Cyprus, Norway, Denmark and Zambia. He has played baritone with a number of musical groups including Brass Band Aid Celebrity Band, Clarence Adoo Brass Band and Hendon Band although the highlight of his playing career was performing with World and European Champions, Cory Band, at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2008. Andrew is a member of Kettering Citadel Band and features regularly as a baritone soloist on concert programmes, including on the band's latest CD, "That's the Spirit", where he performs Variations on the Carnival of Venice.
Andrew has been responsible for the organisation of a number of charity concerts, in particular the Brass for Africa series which has so far raised in excess of £8,000 for various African projects.
In 2010, after a spell of just over two years with Virtuosi GUS Band on baritone and contributing a number of compositions and arrangements to the band's repertoire, Andrew was delighted to be appointed as their Composer and Arranger in Residence.
Andrew works for Salvationist Publishing & Supplies and World of Brass as a graphic designer and also teaches brass in his spare time. He is also Editor of SA Bandsman magazine and a regular reviewer and contributor to British Bandsman magazine.