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MA (Dist) Musical Composition, PGCE in Secondary Music
Andrea studied composition under Peter Graham at the University of Salford, and after a short stint as a professional orchestral percussionist, returned to education and completed her PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University & the RNCM. For the past 5 years she has been Director of Music at Bolton School Girls' Division, and is about to take up a new post as Head of Academic Music at Malvern College. Andrea was principal percussionist at Black Dyke for almost a decade, and before that played for YBS under the baton of David King. She has participated in winning performances at every major competition, and has played solos across the globe. She currently conducts the Rainford Band, and is a regularly commissioned and published composer of brass band music. Andrea tutors yearly at the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, and is on the audition panel for the NCBBGB and the NYBBGB. She is also an A Level examiner for AQA.