ARAM (Hons.) FISM LRAM Prof. Cert (Hons.) RAM
Andrew’s reputation as one of the country’s leading guitarists, teachers and pioneers of the instrument has led him to all corners of the planet, working with some of the finest musicians, composers, musicologists, and institutions. He is a much sought-after performer, speaker and lecturer and is a regular favourite of the British Royal Family. In 2001 the Royal Academy of Music rewarded him for ‘Distinction within the profession’, and he was made an Honorary Associate of that institution. In 2017 Andrew was awarded a Fellowship of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) for his contribution to the music industry and 17 years' work on various committees, including the Performers and Composers Section Committee. He now sits as a director & council member for the ISM.
In 2015 Andrew set up his own recording company, KeepingMusic, working as a producer and composer of music for soundtracks and artists’ albums. In 2021 KeepingMusic teamed up with New Planet Film and Media to create the production company KeepingMedia.
Since he and his wife became foster carers in 2004, Andrew has further developed his versatility and aptitude in working with children, including those that have learning disabilities, emotional, behavioural and communication difficulties. Andrew uses music technology in therapeutic work and finds music has played an invaluable role in providing a positive and life-affirming experience to all who cross his path.
After 4 years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees to FASD Awareness, he stood down to take on the role of Chief Executive of the Charity in 2021. Andrew sits on the FASD All Party Parliamentary Group, chaired meetings on FASD in the Criminal Justice System & the FASD UK Alliance and sat on the roundtable talks leading to the “Time is Now” document - The National Perspective, Ramping up FASD Prevention, Diagnosis & Support Services. Andrew & Tracy have presented & offered training to many professional sectors. Andrew also hosts the popular Webinar series interviewing many of the leading lights in the FASD world and giving a vital voice and platform for those with lived experience of FASD.