In association with
Mr Andrew Claxton MMus

Biography

Andrew is a long-established figure in the musical life of Oxfordshire since making his home here in 1974. He also has an international reputation having performed and recorded throughout Europe, North America & Australia and his compositions are performed worldwide. He trained in the National Youth Orchestra of GB, Royal Academy of Music, Bretton Hall College and University of Reading where he gained his Master of Music in Performance (with Distinction in the public recital). 2018 marked 45 years as a qualified teacher and he has extensive instrumental and class music teaching experience from primary to tertiary level. He has also worked as an examiner, festival adjudicator and forensic musicologist

In 1983 he became the first UK musician, supported by Roland, Korg and Kawai, to present the emerging music technologies to schools, colleges and arts centres culminating in a national tour of his own multi-media group Peacock Epoch on the Regional Contemporary Music Network in 1988. He co-wrote, recorded & toured with the legendary band Dead Can Dance 1987-93, the contemporary jazz 11-piece Meltdown 1997-02 and 6-piece The Mad Hatter Band 1998-09. He was principal tuba & keyboards in the professional City of Oxford Orchestra for 26 years and is now a guest performer in many local orchestras and bands

He has composed many scores for screen, stage and concert hall including tv documentary series Fragile Earth, Dispatches, Secret History, Horizon & Inside Story in UK and the Discovery Channel and Arts & Entertainment Network in USA. His iconic song 'Sanvean' has had some 10 million views online and has become well-known through its worldwide appearance on many screen soundtracks and at solemn occasions. He won Oxford Town Hall Centenary Composers Competition in 1997 and was a nominated Finalist in the British Television Advertising Craft Awards in 1998

In 2020 his collaborations with New Zealand composer Warwick Blair, French-Canadian singer Marie-Ève Boucher and Brazilian singer David Souza have been postponed. A new orchestral piece 'Suite of Secrets' will be premièred by Oxford Studio Orchestra in 2021

In July 2020 he was the first UK instrumental teacher to choose full-height, modular clear-screening over conferencing technology as the way to resume real-time instrumental tuition in the Covid era

Andrew has a 1914, 6ft 8in (203cm) Broadwood Barless Grand - a rare piano with a sound all of its own and an interesting history. Broadwood Barless Grands (1888-1928) were the only successful attempt to return to Cristofori's original 18th Century concept of an open array of strings without interrupting crossbars. Broadwood achieved this by developing an exceptionally strong cast-steel frame (instead of the usual cast-iron). These were the finest pianos ever made in the UK, having a wonderful evenness and richness of tone, a long resonance, and a light and fast Schwander action. It was restored under the supervision of Dr Alastair Laurence, the world's expert on these pianos, in 2011

Contact Andrew

Address: Cumnor Hill,
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2
Phone: 01865 430409
Fee (60 minutes): £46.00
Fee (30 minutes): £23.00

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