The Virtuosi GUS Band is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Wainwright as Composer and Arranger in Residence. Andrew has been integral in the development of the band's repertoire of music over the last two years and his compositions and arrangements have found much favour with concert audiences throughout the country, not only with the Virtuosi GUS Band.
Recent projects have included commissions from David Childs, David Daws, Sheona White, Michael R. Baker, Chris Jeans and James Fountain as well as several arrangements for ITV's Britain's Got Talent star Faryl Smith. He has had several pieces published and has had compositions played or recorded not only by GUS but also Black Dyke, Cory, Foden's, Fairey, The International Staff Band and the Brass Band Aid Celebrity Band. Andrew's music also features on David Childs' brand new recording, to be released shortly. For more information on his work, please visit Andrew's website.
Andrew's most significant project to date was his arrangement of 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 including Black Dyke Band with the Halifax Choral Society, and a CD was produced of the work in May 2007 featuring the Brass Band Aid Celebrity Band and guest soloists. As well as performing until recently with Virtuosi GUS on baritone, Andrew has always enjoyed composition and first received acclaim for his compositional skills when in 1997 he was runner-up in Performance, The Arts Channel's Young Composer of the Year for Great Britain.
Band Manager Shawn Pagington commented:
"The quality of Andrew's output has not gone unnoticed by the Band and John Berryman, our Musical Director, and we are delighted to have him on board in this important role. We are convinced that it will further develop the Band's repertoire whilst giving Andrew the opportunity to develop his skills at the highest level. We wish him every success in his future work with the Band".