Andrew McCoy

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Trombonist in third year studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Andrew began playing trombone at the age of 8, winning an award in his first year at the City of Belfast School of Music for "The most promising brass player." At 11 he became a member of the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain and at 13 was awarded the Leverhulme Trust Scholarship for "Having exhibited at audition Distinction in Musicianship and Instrumental Excellence". In the same year he was offered a place at the Royal College of Music Junior Department to study trombone with Simon Hogg and Amos Miller, where he began travelling to and from Belfast, Northern Ireland to London every Saturday. In March 2008 he played in Westminster Abbey for the Observance for Commonwealth Day in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the heads of state from all countries of the Commonwealth. Andrew has played principal trombone with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the Royal College of Music London Junior Department Symphony and Sinfonia Orchestras, the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain, the Ulster Youth Orchestra and the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra. He has also played with the Orpheus Orchestra, the Arch Sinfonia, Les Voix Nouvelles, the Southend Sinfonia, the Barbican Chamber Orchestra, the Britten-Pears Orchestra, Kings Chamber Orchestra, Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra and the Delphini Orchestra. During his time in the National Youth Orchestra of GB, he performed in the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms twice, the most recent of which was August 2012 where the NYO performed Messaien’s Turangalila Symphony, and a new BBC commission by the American composer Nico Muhly. This contained a substantial trombone solo which was described by the classical music review webite Seen and Heard International as "ripe". A clip can be seen on the media tab. Andrew has played under many of the world's leading conductors including, Vasily Petrenko, Paul Daniel, Vladimir Jurowski, Kristjan Jarvi and Takuo Yuasa. In 2012 he auditioned for and was offered a place on the LSO Brass Academy - a 6 day intensive course of workshops and masterclasses with the London Symphony Orchestra brass principals. Also during this week, Andrew had the experience of taking part in the LSO Discovery Scheme working with young children from local schools. In April 2012, Andrew took part in the Catherine Judge Memorial Award - a competition open to the whole of Ireland for solo instrumentalists who wish to study music at third level education. Andrew came joint winner, winning a bursary of £5,000 to further his musical studies. As a result of his success, Andrew had the opportunity of performing live on BBC Radio Ulster. He was also invited by the Onyx Brass Quintet to perform the virtuosic piece "Blue Bells of Scotland" by Arthur Pryor on two nights of their Ireland tour, one of which was in the newly opened MAC, Metropolitan Arts Centre, in Belfast. In June 2013, he was invited to play with the Britten-Pears Orchestra in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, in a special Benjamin Britten Centenary production of Peter Grimes. This involved two concert performances of the opera at Snape Maltings, and the recording of a backing track for a full scale production which took place on the beach at Aldeburgh, where Peter Grimes was conceived and set. The internationally acclaimed cast included Alan Oke, Giselle Allen, Henry Waddington and Charles Rice. More info at In July, he played with the London Symphony Orchestra alongside 11 other Guildhall students, as part of the City of London festival. The programme included a new commission by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night Dream. In 2014, Andrew wrote the title music for BBC Northern Ireland's Vote 2014 coverage of the local and european elections. This consisted of four programmes in as many days. This was also used for the 2016 local elections. In 2015, Andrew was offered a place in the European Union Youth Orchestra. This involves a six week tour around Europe, playing in concert venues such as the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in various festivals including the Ravello Festival in Italy and the Grafenegg Festival in Austria. He continues with the orchestra in 2016. He is currently studying for his BMus at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and will be beginning his MMus at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2016.

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