About

Andrew Morris is an orchestral and choral conductor, music educator, adjudicator and consultant.  He is also a keyboard continuo player with 40 years’ experience as an organist and harpsichordist.

Andrew was Organist and Director of Music at St Bartholomew-the-Great from 1971 to 1979 where he broadcast with the Choir on BBC radio and ITV, made recordings and re-founded the New English Singers (with whom he performed a wide ranging repertoire ranging from Tudor music to contemporary music), and where he gave many first performances, and first London performances, of new works both as a conducor and an organist. During his time as Director of Music at Bedford School from 1979 to 2011, he developed the work achieved in the Music School (“one of the best of the non-specialist music schools” in the words of a reporting inspector) into a cradle for young professional musicians including a number of composers.  He has had a particular interest in new music over a long period, founding and directing the St Bartholomew’s Festivals of Contemporary Music in the City of London in the 1970s, chairing the New Macnaghten Concerts in the early 1980s, being a Park Lane Group committee member continuously since 1985 (and currently a member of the Advisory Council) and creating the position of Composer-in-Residence at Bedford School for aspiring young composers which was hugely successful and the template for other such schemes in other schools.

As a conductor, Andrew has performed most of the standard orchestral and choral repertoire and also a large number of first performances of new works. In contemporary music, he has been particularly associated with the music of Paul Patterson and James Lark. He has worked with soloists such as Andrew Manze, Catherine Bott, James Bowman, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Benjamin Luxon, Carolyn Sampson, Richard Eggar, Michael Freyhan and the late Anthony Rolfe-Johnson.

As a player, Andrew has given recitals and played in concerts as organist or continuo player in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield, St Paul’s, Knightsbridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, King’s College, Cambridge, Hexham Abbey and Pembroke College, Cambridge as well as the majority of the City of London churches. As a writer, he has written critiques for a number of music publications and was co-author and editor of the book Music in Independent Schools, which was commissioned by the Bernarr Rainbow Trust and published by Boydell and Brewer in 2014.

Andrew was a boy chorister at Westminster Abbey under Sir William McKie, singing in many high-profiled occasions such as Princess Margaret's wedding, and he has continued to be active in English church music.  His work and recordings with the Chapel Choir of Bedford School and St Bartholomew-the-Great Choir are well known.  He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London before gaining a postgraduate research degree at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he was also Schoolmaster Fellow Commoner.  He is a Fellow of Trinity College London, was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music by the Academy's Governing Body in 1988 and an honorary ARSCM by the Royal School of Church Music in 2019.

He has been engaged in music education at national level throughout most of his career. He was President of the Music Masters’ and Mistresses’ Association (MMA), the largest and longest established association of professional music teachers in the UK, from 1996 to 1997, having served as a member of the MMA Committee from 1988 to 1998 and Honorary Secretary from 1990 to 1995. He later founded and chaired the MMA Academic Sub-Committee and the MMA University Liaison Committee. In addition, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Music Education Council from 1996 to 1999.  He was a member of the Committee of the RAM Club (then the alumni association of the Royal Academy of Music) from 1998 to 2011 and served as President from 2005 to 2006.  He was Chairman of the Concerts Committee of the Worshipful Company of Musicians from 2011 to 2015 and was elected Master of the Company in 2015; he remains a member of the Court as a Pastmaster.  In 2014 he succeeded Simon Lindley as Chairman of the Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the City of London, the Musicians’ Church.  He currently supervises undergraduates in harmony, counterpoint and keyboard skills at colleges in the University of Cambridge and teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich.  He was an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music from 1981 to 2019, examining throughout the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.