Andrew started learning the cello at the age of 7 with Morag Stewart. He later joined the City of Belfast School of Music and was a member of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra and the Ulster Youth Orchestra. He was also fortunate to learn the piano, organ and percussion. Andrew went on to study the cello at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Peter Dixon. During his six years there he gained both a Bachelor’s and a Masters degree in Cello Performance.
Until recently, Andrew taught the cello privately and for Music for Life in Cheshire, preparing students of all ages from beginner level to grade 8. He was also a musicianship teacher for Yorkshire Young Musicians in Hull. As well as teaching, Andrew performs regularly in professional orchestras, including the Ulster Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestras, and the English Symphony Orchestra.
As a composer and arranger, Andrew has written and performed music for his cello ensemble “Spike Collective”, as well as for The Cellists cello duo, a concert and wedding duo which performs widely throughout the UK and Ireland.