Michael Thomas Andrews
Composer | Orchestrator | Arranger
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Adoramus: D-DAY

In April 2015, I created an atmospheric original arrangement of the spiritual ‘Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?’, leading in to an upbeat patter-song called ‘He’s Alive’ by songwriter Christian Strover for the annual Prom Praise event at the Royal Albert Hall.  Soprano Michelle Todd and the All Souls Orchestra performed, under the baton of Noel Tredinnick.  You can now purchase the album Love Divine: Loves Excelling from iTunes.  

Prom Praise 2015

April 2015.  I’m really pleased to be collaborating with singer/songwriter Andy Pritchard on a brand new musical called Second Time Around.  Andy’s finished the script, and some songs are written.  Watch this space for more info as the project progresses in the coming months.  

New Musical Collaboration

March 2015.  I’ve now uploaded my London Trio for clarinet, bass clarinet, and piano to YouTube.  It’s in three movements, with shots of London at dawn, nighttime, and in rush hour.  Performed by clarinettist David Hatch, bass clarinettist Lucy Downer, and myself on piano.  If you’re interested in performing this work, please email me directly.  Watch the videos here.  

London Trio

The Adoramus Choir and Orchestra commemorated the D-Day landings with a concert featuring war-inspired pieces, including Vaughan-Williams’ ‘Dirge for Two Veterans’, John Williams’ Hymn to the Fallen, and a piece of music from the film, The Longest Day.  I conducted a few of the children’s choir items, for a choir from St Columba’s Prep School in St Albans as well as arranging the classic 40s tune ‘Swingin’ on a Star’ for the orchestra.  Find out more here: http://www.adoramus.com/index.html

In August 2015, I spent a week encouraging and workshopping ideas alongside young composers at the RNIB Handel House Composition Summer School (now the Hendrix and Handel in London Museum).  This was an inspiring week, fizzing with new works inspired by composers’ love of birdsong.  I co-led these workshops alongside Composer-in-Residence, Edwin Hillier.  

Handel House Summer School