Andy was born in 1963 and he grew up in Northern Ireland. Some of his first musical experiences were with the Lurgan Military Band on clarinet and saxophone where he had to learn to march and play simultaneously (recommended to any budding player). The original career was to be engineering but inability to study and pass exams gave him few options but music. He successfully auditioned on clarinet for Birmingham School of Music where he studied clarinet with Ruth McDowell and saxophone with Jan Steele. He joined Saxtet while still at music college and over the past nearly 20 years it has become one the UK's leading saxophone groups performing their own compositions and arrangements.
Andy is in great demand as a teacher. Currently, he is visiting tutor of saxophone at Birmingham Conservatoire and was recently invited along with Karen Street to join the teaching staff at Wells Cathedral School, the internationally-renowned specialist music school. Prior to his move to Wells, Andy taught for many years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Junior Department in the city of London.
As a coach he works with European Youth Summer Music (one of the best residential summer music courses) and previously with the National Youth Wind Orchestra.
He has produced or co-produced all of Saxtet's and all of Karen Street's CDs and recently produced his own, Spiritualise, released on Big Shed Music. This is a recording of some of the best jazz/classical crossover saxophone compositions starting with Schulhoff's Hot Sonata through Phil Woods' Sonata, to Nigel Wood's Cries of the Stentor and a new composition by Hans Koller for baritone sax and piano.
Andy endorses Keilwerth saxophones.
Visit the composer's site: andytweed.bigshedmusic.co.uk.
Andy's compositions and arrangements available on SXP include: