Andrew Cleary, organ
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Festival Toccata - Percy Fletcher (1879-1932)
Chant de Mai, Op. 53 No. 1 - Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)
Fantasia in c minor, BWV 562 - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Fantaisie No. 3, Op. 157 - Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Variations on 'Mein junges Leben hat ein End' - Jan P. Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Carillon de Westminster - Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Andrew Cleary is a versatile musician and currently works as a freelance vocal coach, accompanist, Organist, Choral Director and conductor. He is an Associate Lecturer in Music and Musical Theatre at the University of Chichester.
Andrew began his musical training as a Chorister at York Minster and later at St Alban’s Cathedral. He graduated from the University of East Anglia. Whilst there he was Organ Scholar at Norwich Cathedral and he worked with the Norwich Philharmonic Choir and the Aldeburgh Festival Chorus. In 1990 he moved to study at the RCM, directing the vocal Ensemble Nouve Musiche. He became Assistant Organist at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square making regular broadcasts for BBC Radio and television and directing the St Martin’s Scholars. He performs regularly as an organist and harpsichordist as a soloist and accompanist.
He is Music Director and Organist at St Ann’s Church HMNB Portsmouth and organist and repetiteur of the Lee Choral Society. He has worked as Organist and Music teacher at Pangbourne College and Oundle School, when he also directed the St Peter’s Singers, Peterborough. He subsequently held posts as Director of Music at Dean Close School, The Portsmouth Grammar School and Christ’s Hospital. He is the founder and ex-Musical Director of the Portsmouth Cathedral Girls’ Choir.
Andrew’s musical interests and tastes are wide and varied. He is currently the Musical Director of the Fareham Philharmonic Choir and the Portsmouth Milton Glee Choir. As a Choral Director he has worked with Tenebrae and the King’s Singers and on RSCM courses as a tutor. He has also worked with the National Youth Music Theatre and is currently a Musical Director with RARE Productions Theatre Group.
He has worked as a conductor and soloist with the London Mozart Players, and was nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award in 2010, with Tansy Davies, for his performance of her work: As with voices and with tears. He has also worked with the Hanover Band (St John Passion, Messiah) and His Majesty’s Sackbuts and Cornetts (Monteverdi Vespers).
Andrew has been an examiner for the Edexcel, AQA and OCR examination boards; is a Past-President of the MMA; a Member of the King’s Theatre Trust, Southsea. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an ISI Schools Inspector.
In addition, Andrew has completed the London Marathon four times, once in under 3 hours. He also enjoys cycling and sailing.