Andrew Wainwright, born 13th January 1981 in Hastings, England, is the Composer in Residence to Virtuosi GUS Band and Artistic Advisor to The Illinois Brass Band. In addition to these roles, he is the Editor and Designer of SA Bandsman magazine. He holds a BA Music Degree from Middlesex University, an HND in Graphic Design from the University of Bedfordshire and a Foundation Studies in Art & Design from Central Saint Martins.
Andrew first received acclaim for his compositional skills when in 1997 he came runner-up in television's Performance, The Arts Channel's Young Composer of the Year for Great Britain. More recently, his composition, The Smoke that Thunders, was one of five finalists in the 2014 Salford International Composers' Competition. His music has been commissioned, performed and recorded throughout the world by bands such as Black Dyke, Canadian Staff, Chicago Staff, Cory, Foden's, Fairey's, Grimethorpe Colliery, the International Staff, Melbourne Staff, New York Staff, Virtuosi GUS and Brass Band Aid Celebrity band; orchestras such as the Elgin Symphony; and choruses such as the Elgin Master Chorale, Halifax Choral Society, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Exeter Festival Chorus and The International Staff Songsters. In addition, he has been commissioned to write solos for Brett Baker, David Daws, David Childs, Chris Jeans, Craig Lewis, James Fountain, Les Neish, Michael Baker and Sheona White, as well as several arrangements for ITV's Britain's Got Talent star Faryl Smith, winner of television's 'The Voice' (Mexico), Yuliana Martinez, and former BBC Radio 2 Choirgirl of the Year, Lucy Rhodes. Andrew has a number of works published by companies including Boosey & Hawkes, Faber, Prima Vista Musikk, Lake Music and Salvationist Publishing & Supplies.
Andrew's music features on over 20 commercial recordings. In November 2012, a CD of his music was released by Virtuosi GUS Band, featuring Faryl Smith. Entitled Christmas Fantasia - The Music of Andrew Wainwright, it was launched on the Doyen label. His arrangements of several of Karl Jenkins' major works have garnered critical acclaim, including the hour-long The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace, which Andrew arranged for brass band, choir and organ. It has been performed by numerous groups around the world and a CD was produced of the work in May 2007, followed by a DVD by Black Dyke Band in 2010 of a live performance at Birmingham Symphony Hall. More recently, Andrew's arrangement of Jenkins' Stabat Mater was premièred by Cory Band at the European Brass Band Championships in Montreux, Switzerland and has since been performed by the band at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and broadcast on BBC Radio 2.
In November 2014, Grimethorpe Colliery Band premièred Andrew's arrangement of Jenkins' Gloria
at the Brass in Concert Gala Concert at The Sage Gateshead.
In the summer of 2015, Andrew's composition, Illuminate, was performed at London's O2 Arena by the Chicago Staff Band as part of The Salvation Army's Boundless International Congress In March 2012, Andrew was privileged to be a guest of the New York Staff Band for its 125th Anniversary weekend and was commissioned to write a piece for the occasion, Fanfare & Theme on Before the Throne. Andrew conducted the combined bands of the New York Staff and Future All Stars in his piece in a special concert.
As a performer, conductor and tutor, Andrew has completed tours to Cyprus, Denmark, Jamaica, Kenya, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, the USA and Zambia. He has played with a number of musical groups including Brass Band Aid Celebrity Band, the Chicago Staff Band, Hendon Band and Virtuosi GUS Band, although the highlight of his playing career was performing with World and European Champions, Cory Band, at the Royal Albert Hall. Andrew features as a soloist on Kettering Citadel Band's CD That's the Spirit.
Andrew has been responsible for the organisation of a number of charity concerts, in particular the acclaimed 'Brass for Africa - A Musical Spectacular' series, which raised close to £12,000 for various African projects.
As a journalist, Andrew has conducted interviews with a number of high-profile musicians, including Stephen Bulla, Bruce Broughton, William Broughton, Philip Cobb, Dr. Stephen Cobb, David Daws, Charlie Green, Chris Jaudes and Bramwell Tovey. His interview with Ray Steadman-Allen also features in the composer's book 'History, Harmony and Humanity'. Andrew is also a featured composer in the book 'The Golden Pen', by Steef Klepke.
Away from music, Andrew is the co-creator of Arsenal Football Club's mascot, Gunnersaurus Rex, which makes an appearance at every match at the Emirates Stadium.