Simon Andrews is an English composer who is earning a reputation as a creator of eloquent concert music that blends harmonic complexity and lyricism, introversion and broad gestures, delicate timbres and bold statements. His output ranges from large-scale orchestral works to intimate chamber music, with a special delight in chamber music with solo voices. He is a voracious reader of poetry and fiction, which provide the impulse for many of his compositions.

Winner of the 1985 Benjamin Britten Prize, his music has been commissioned and performed to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. He moved to America in 1987, since when he has pursued a multifaceted career as composer, conductor, and teacher; a combination which led him to undertake his own edition completion of the Mozart Requiem, which also continues to garner both praise and performances on both sides of the pond.After gaining a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, he lived in Pennsylvania for twenty-five years before moving to Massachusetts.

He is currently working on his third string quartet Rilke Episodes and a new opera Po’pay: The First American Revolution. If you would like to order scores and parts of the pieces on his discs, peruse sample scores, or listen to clips of other works – please visit his website.

Albums

Sparks Vol II

Release Date: March 12, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6337
21st Century
Orchestral
Orchestra
The album SPARKS VOL. 2 couldn't be more aptly named, as bows bend and sparks fly in this vibrant collection of pieces for string orchestra. Bound to please modernists and traditionalists alike, this eclectic collection contains pieces by Dave Dexter, William C. White, Simon Andrews, Rain Worthington, Allen Brings, John Carollo, John Franek, and Jeff Mangels.
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And That Moment When the Bird Sings

Release Date: June 8, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6163
21st Century
Chamber
Piano
Piano Trio
Violin
Simon Andrews has earned a reputation as a creator of eloquent concert music that blends harmonic complexity and lyricism, introversion and broad gestures, and delicate timbres and bold statements. Here, on his recording debut, AND THE MOMENT WHEN THE BIRD SINGS, he offers up 10 compositions performed in a variety of configurations, from duos to trios and quintets, all of which emphasize his proficiency in both vocal and instrumental music.
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