In association with
Mr Andy Richards

Instruments: Drum Kit / Drums
Latin & Orchestral Percussion
Afro-Cuban Percussion
Genre/Style(s): All Genre/Styles
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Andy has been a professional musician for 30 years and a percussion teacher for the past 20. After leaving College in 1970's he toured world-wide as a professional freelance drummer, percussionist and singer, performing, recording and appearing on radio, television and the West End with a wide variety of musicians and entertainers. Andy has performed an eclectic range of styles including pop, rock, heavy metal, punk, blues, funk, jazz, reggae, classical and musicals.

Since the 80's Andy has taught drum kit, orchestral percussion, Latin and Afro-Cuban percussion to all age groups and abilities. In 1991 Andy started teaching for Shropshire Music Service.

In 2003 Andy was awarded the Kenny Clare Prize. He was voted BBC Radio 2 Big Band Drummer of the Year by a panel of judges which included John Dankworth, Don Lusher, Barry Forgie (BBC Big Band Director), Mark Nightingale, Henry Lowther and John Patrick.

In 2004 he was appointed Head of Percussion for The Music Service serving Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. In 2005 he was appointed Team Leader for South Shropshire. In 2007, in addition, he was appointed Marketing Manager. Andy currently oversees the tuition of over four hundred young drummers and percussionists. Many of Andy's students have gone on to achieve great success as drummers and percussionists. Ashley Soan studied drum kit with Andy in the late 1980's and is now one of the busiest drummers in the industry, working with Adele, Ronan Keating, Natasha Bedingfield, Del Amitri, Squeeze, Hear Say, Mariane Faithfull, Howard Donald (Take That), Tom Jones, Heather Small, Faithless, Lightening Seeds and Jeff Lorber to name but a few. David Odart studied drum kit with Andy in the 1990's and he now teaches for Shropshire Music Service. Barrie Cooper also studied drum kit with Andy in the 1990's and now plays with Sarah Jory (Van Morrison). Helen Pugh studied drum kit and percussion with Andy before studying at Chethams School of Music and going on to win Shropshire Concerto Competition (Shropshire Young Musician of the Year). And most recently Toby Kearney studied with Andy before entering and reaching the final of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006.

Andy has been the conductor/manager for the Shropshire Youth Percussion Ensemble (SYPE) for the last fifteen years. During that time they have performed countless concerts in this country and abroad. SYPE rehearse on alternate Mondays 7pm-9pm during term time and perform concerts throughout the county and abroad. SYPE members have included Adrian Spillett (winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year 1998) and Toby Kearney (finalist of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006)

Contact Andy

Address: 2 Orchard Close, Cressage
(near Much Wenlock)
Phone: 01952 510334
Mobile: 07790 775249
Fee (60 minutes): £34.00
Fee (30 minutes): £17.00

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