Andy Findon – Flute / Reeds – Subject/Subjects Offered: Flute / Clarinet / Saxophone / “Ethnic Woodwind” / Wind Ensemble – Classes Offered: One On One Lessons / Masterclasses
Andy Findon is Europe’s most recorded flute player who can be heard on countless movie and TV soundtracks, alongside albums for a long list of international artists.
Andy Findon is tutoring in a wide variety of classes.
He is offering individual and masterclass instrumental lessons in flutes, saxophones, clarinet and a wide variety of “world” flutes. Also guidance regarding “doubling” requirements for Musical Theatre scores. Andy gives guidance to sax quartets, wind quintets, brass groups, jazz ensembles, wind ensembles, flute choirs, mixed instrumental ensembles, chamber orchestras. With his wide experience he is able to tutor in many different musical genres from big band to classical, pop and avant garde groups. Having enjoyed a long and diverse career, Andy is in a position to give guidance on many aspects of music as a profession. From live performance, recording, auditioning, orchestral etiquette, music production, diary management, he has a wealth of knowledge to pass on.
Formative influences were gained working for well known British Dance Band leaders Joe Loss, Nat Temple, Eric Delaney and Sidney Lipton whilst and shortly after studying at the Royal College of Music, following membership (as principal flute) of The National Youth Orchestra. He was also a founder member of the Myrha Saxophone Quartet with John Harle in the late seventies. Andy is the longest serving member of The Michael Nyman Band, playing baritone sax and flutes on Michael’s soundtracks and concert tours since the early 1980’s. He is in the iconic, award winning “folk-rock” band “The Home Service” and the legendary seventies “medieval prog-rock” group “Gryphon”. Although training originally as a classical flautist, his career diversified, covering almost every musical genre, duetting with Pat Metheny and playing with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Tony Bennett, Cilla Black, The Beach Boys and Katherine Jenkins among many others. In 1998 Andy performed on tin whistle live in the interval act at the Eurovision Song Contest in Birmingham and was Mike Oldfield’s recorder player at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Notable among the hundreds of film scores he’s played on are movies in the Bond, Lord Of The Rings, Star Wars and Harry Potter series, as well as the soundtracks of musicals, including Phantom Of The Opera, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Evita and Mama Mia. Andy is also known as London’s foremost “ethnic” instrumentalist. He has contributed extensively to the “Spitfire” sample library with work on both orchestral and ethnic instruments, including the release of the “Andy’s Kitbag” series. As a composer, he has produced and performed hundreds of music “library” tracks which are played across the media regularly. His own releases include groundbreaking and innovative premieres, including his own arrangements of work by composers such as Michael Nyman and compositions by iconic jazz pianist and composer Geoff Eales.
Andy is a “Pearl Flutes International Artist”
Coach Language: English
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