Andy Scott
Saxophone Course Tutor

Saxophonist and Composer Andy Scott is dedicated to performing, composing, recording and commissioning new music.

Andy undertakes specific Tenor Saxophone Projects. In March 2006 Andy performed Concerto for Stan Getz by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett with the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of the composer’s 70th birthday celebration concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, broadcast live by BBC Radio 3. Andy’s commitment to expanding the repertoire for Tenor Saxophone has resulted in the recent release of the CD ‘My Mountain Top’ featuring world premiere recordings of works for Tenor Saxophone from Graham Fitkin, Pete Meechan, Paul Mitchell Davidson, Dave Heath, Matt Wright & Andy penning the CD title track in collaboration with poet Lemn Sissay. In 2004 Andy formed the Worldwide Tenor Saxophone Consortium which commissioned Graham Fitkin. His piece ‘Passing’ received concurrent World Premieres in Tokyo, London, New York, Jakarta, Berlin, Dublin, Cardiff, Milan, Manchester and more, on 26th April 2005.

In March 2007 Andy Scott’s SaxAssault undertook a UK Tour to promote the ‘Sax of Gold’ CD. Featuring new works by Andy the CD also features special guests Gwilym Simcock & Bob Mintzer. In July 2006 SaxAssault performed by invitation at the 14th World Saxophone Congress ‘Selmer Jazz Night’ in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and were joined on stage in this televised concert by special guest Bob Mintzer.

The Dave Hassell-Andy Scott Duo performed by invitation at the 33rd International Association of Jazz Educators in New York City, USA, followed by concerts & workshops in Mexico in April. The Duo’s debut CD ‘SandDancer’ is available on the Quartz record label. The Duo undertook a Tour in Autumn 2006, collaborating with actor Richard Ellis, presenting their take of Roger McGough’s classic poem, ‘Summer with Monica’ .

Since its formation in 1985 Andy has played Tenor Saxophone in the internationally-acclaimed Apollo Saxophone Quartet, touring Europe and Asia, recording for labels such as Decca/Argo, Black Box, Quartz and broadcasting many times for BBC Radio. The ASQ has commissioned over 100 works to date, many of which are now ‘standard’ saxophone quartet repertoire.

Andy’s compositions embrace elements of classical, jazz and world music, creating a distinctive individual style. Recent musicians/bodies to commission works from Andy include ; Apitos, Arabesque Duo, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, Backbeat Percussion Ensemble, British Association of Wind Bands & Ensembles, British Clarinet Ensemble, James Gourlay, Mike Hall, Kintamarni Saxophone Quartet, Lancashire Sinfonietta, Royal Northern College of Music, Clare Southworth, Tubalate, Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, and Sandbach School. The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music & the Trinity Guildhall Exams include works by Andy on their latest syllabuses. As a result of winning the Peter Whittingham Award, new music for Sax Assault was premiered on an Arts Council of England supported UK Tour and broadcast by BBC Radio 3 ‘Jazz Notes’. From 2007-09 Andy was Composer in Residence at Sandbach School, Cheshire. His Basbwe College Consortium commissioned Concerto for Two Saxophone & Wind Band, Dark Rain, was performed as a featured work at the 14th World Saxophone Congress in July 2006 by soloists John Harle & Rob Buckland. In November 2006 Andy was awarded First Prize in the British Composer Awards 2006 (Wind Band & Brass Band Category) for Dark Rain.

As a freelance musician Andy regularly works with the Halle Orchestra, Psappha, Dave Hassell’s Apitos, London Saxophonic, Bluejuice Big Band, and has his own jazz-funk quintet, DB5.

Andy teaches Saxophone at the Royal Northern College of Music, is Co-Artistic Director with Rob Buckland of the annual RNCM Saxophone Day, Artistic Director of the Harrogate Saxophone Summer School (run in conjunction with the RNCM), and Saxophone Consultant at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Andy is an endorsee of Selmer Paris Saxophones, is published by Astute Music, and at the World Saxophone Congress in Thailand (July 2009) was voted in as Vice President of the International Saxophone Committee.