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Andrew Wright has worked in church music for over thirty years, this work including teaching. He enjoys an extensive career as a church musician, conductor, teacher, organist and composer.
After graduating from Oxford University, he was appointed Assistant Master of Music at Westminster in 1979 under Stephen Cleobury, and in 1982 became Cathedral Director of Music in Brentwood and Director of Liturgical Music for the Diocese.
At Oxford he was a member of The Tallis Scholars and the Oxford University Chamber Orchestra and continued advanced piano studies at the Royal College of Music under John Barstow. He has worked widely through broadcasts, recordings, many major events, and orchestral performances of works extending from the Monteverdi Vespers to Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, working with soloists including Judith Howarth, Roderick Earle, John Lill and Emma Johnson.
In recent years Andrew has conducted a wide variety of music at the Cathedral, including Britten’s Noye’s Fludde which involved local school children and music groups, a Sing-a-long Messiah, and Brahms’ German Requiem.
Andrew has been English National President of the Pueri Cantores Federation and a member of the Bishops’ Conference Church Music Committee. He has composed much for the liturgy and for choirs, and for organ, with works published in the UK and USA. In 2009 a CD was published which included his song cycle Bliss of Solitude, with tenor soloist Richard Dowling. His Requiem of Peace has been widely performed locally, nationally and in the USA, including in Los Angeles Cathedral.