ANDREW LITTLEWOOD was born in Leeds and began learning the piano at the age of eight and then the flute at the age of twelve.
After receiving a scholarship for free flute tuition when he was 17, he studied at Huddersfield University on the Performers Course, learning flute under John Barrow and piano with Prabhu Singh. Andrew graduated with a music degree (G. mus.); a Licentiate Diploma from the Trinity College of Music, London and he was awarded the Governors’ Prize for Achievement.
A further two years was spent as a Post Graduate at the Royal Academy of Music for recital training on flute and piccolo under Sebastian Bell and Richard Taylor. He participated in master-classes given by William Bennett and Geoffrey Gilbert before gaining a Certificate in Advanced Studies on Flute.
Andrew has always really enjoyed teaching Flute and Music Theory privately and a large part of his weekly teaching commitment continues to be biased towards this type of tuition.
In 1987, Andrew set up a not-for-profit partnership offering a music tuition service in Leeds called, ‘Roundhay Music’. He set this up because at that time, there did not seem to be any formalised way of the public accessing top quality reputable music teachers and there appeared to be a need for more chamber music experience and concert performance training for students learning music privately. Since then, the school has expanded to encompass around 80 music teachers providing many different aspects of music and styles to all ages in the local community. Andrew continues a busy schedule of administrative duties that are combined with his teaching routine, coaching chamber groups and organising concerts for the students.
Andrew has produced an internal Flute Examination Syllabus for all the flute students studying on the performers degree course at a Higher/Further Education College, where he was a part-time lecturer in Flute.
Andrew has taught flute at various local preparatory and independent schools in West and South Yorkshire.
There are several past students that Andrew has taught who have now gone on to be performers or teachers of the flute. He currently teaches several students at diploma level. One of his adult students was presented a Performers’ Diploma for Flute (L.R.S.M.) by The Royal Schools of Music and has gone on to teach flute in a number of local independent schools. Many pupils have achieved success at all levels of playing including: Gaining a 1st in a BAHons final recital at Leeds University;
being awarded a scholarship to study music at Cambridge while others have been accepted at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
During his postgraduate years, Andrew formed a woodwind and piano trio that performed in London and the South East, including the Cheltenham Music Festival. More recently, he rehearses with his Aspen Chamber Ensemble, specialising in educational concerts, functions and formal concerts.
As part of his directorship of Roundhay Music, Andrew presents (along with his partner) instrumental displays in Primary schools as part of the introductory process to encourage that age group to take up learning an instrument or singing.
Andrew has diversified styles by touring as leader of a concert band which included a dancing troupe, playing the lighter side of dance music repertoire. His freelance work has continued to be varied, with classical operatic and symphonic engagements in venues such as Southwark Cathedral; Wadham College at Oxford University; Fairfax Hall in Croydon in his early professional life, through to Wakefield and Ripon Cathedrals; Leeds University and various Town Halls and in Stately Homes. Andrew was invited to tour the Italian Riviera with a local semi-professional concert band. More recently, he performs solos with Opera North soloists raising funds for charities all over the UK.
Andrew has held principal flute positions with two professional chamber orchestras; the Wharfedale Sinfonietta and the Orchestra d’Amici, which draws members from the Royal Liverpool, Hallé, B.B.C. Phil. and Orchestra of Opera North. He was also included on the extra/deputy list with the Orchestra of Opera North.
Most importantly, Andrew has also pursued a solo career on the flute. He has given recitals in both Southern England and the Yorkshire region. Notable collaborations have been a promotional concert for Yamaha Keyboards with Jeremy Fisher on Clavinova back in the eighties; recitals with soloists like the guitarist, Luigi Palumbo and with the oboist, author and cartoonist Marion Whittow in the nineties and more recently with the well-known pianist and accompanist, Keith Swallow.
Andrew now routinely plays solo flute in a series of recital concerts featuring Opera North soloists to raise money for a variety of charities throughout the UK.
Andrew is just as happy playing baroque music, when he performed Pergolesi’s Flute Concerto at St. Paul’s Hall in Huddersfield as he is contemporary music when he gave the UK première of Penderecki’s “Trio” for flute, cello, and piano in the Duke’s Hall, London.
OTHER INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES
Outside music, Andrew is a keen ornithologist and is also interested in natural history. He enjoys walking, cycling and loves to travel.
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