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Douglas Date: February 2014
Andrew looks at music from every conceivable angle: technique of course, the student's wishes and requirements, but above all musically. When a problem presents itself he will ask (rhetorically) what is its place in the overall composition, and indeed where the composition sits in the aesthetics of its time. Every time I get into a new piece, we spend a little time listening to recordings, which enriches our feeling for the possibilities. In practical terms he seems to have an endless supply of techniques for solving problems. A perennial difficulty I have is learning a new piece, and Andrew invariably hits on the appropriate solution for someone of my limited skills approaching a particular piece. Very often I come away from a lesson with some door unlocked, and the renewed confidence and pleasure that brings. Indeed, reflecting on lessons, I often felt there were many aspects of Andrew's style which I would have done well to adopt (if I had the appropriate personality) in my own teaching. He is an extremely pleasant person. And our lessons are often enriched by stories from his connections with other musicians he has encountered in masterclasses, summer schools, and in his own career. In summary, I can recommend Andrew wholeheartedly, with no reservations.
Lauren Date: February 2014
I highly recommend Andrew as a fantastic teacher who makes every lesson a very enjoyable experience. He has been my teacher from when I started to play piano at the age of 7, till now (at the age of 17). During this time, Andrew has inspired me to play; he has always been very encouraging and supportive. He has also introduced me to a wide repertoire of music. Two years ago, I achieved a Distinction for my Grade 8 and I have also managed to win several competitions under his guidance.

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