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Andrew Wright Conductor

Born in 1955, Andrew Wright developed an early interest in music and won a music scholarship to Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire. He gained an instrumental scholarship for piano and violin at Worcester College, Oxford and while at university was a member of The Tallis Scholars and the Oxford University Chamber Orchestra. He continued with advanced piano studies at the Royal College of Music under John Barstow. In 1979 he was appointed Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral and three years laterbecame Master of Music at Brentwood Cathedral in Essex where he remains today.

Under Andrew's leadership, the music programmme at Brentwood Cathedral has grown to include several choirs and instrumental groups. He is also Director of Diocesan Music, which covers the County of Essex and several London boroughs. Andrew Wright’s musical work goes well beyond his role as Master of Music at the Cathedral - as a teacher, organist and a composer. He works with parishes and schools, organists and instrumentalists in the Brentwood area and beyond. He has conducted many major works, especially at Brentwood Cathedral, including The Dream of Gerontius, The Creation, Messiah and Bach’s St John Passion.

Andrew is a gifted composer and has written much music for the liturgy, for choirs, singers and organ. His works have been published and widely performed in both the UK and the USA, especially his Requiem of Peace. He has a particular interest in working with youth and he advises schools on musical matters and makes school visits. (Not to mention the 200 or so choristers estimated to have been trained by him during his time at Brentwood Cathedral!)

Andrew received a Civic Award from Brentwood Borough Council in 1995 for his work in the locality, and more recently he was awarded a Papal knighthood for services to Church Music in the Diocese of Brentwood.