580A9382.jpg

Andy Mellor

Clarinet

Andy enjoys a varied freelance career, having worked with notable leading orchestras and ensembles across the country including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Hallé. As an experienced soloist and chamber musician, highlights include performances at St. John Smith’s Square, St. James’s Piccadilly, LSO St. Luke’s and a guest appearance alongside the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in November 2018 at their high-profile tribute concert to Sir John Manduell, which was later recorded and featured on Prima Facie Records. Passionate towards versatile playing, Andy has additionally performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the EFG London Jazz Festival, and also appeared alongside Gwylim Simcock and the Impossible Gentlemen.

 

Born and raised in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Andy began his musical studies at Yorkshire Young Musicians at Leeds Conservatoire. He was awarded a seat with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain before moving to Manchester to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he graduated in 2019 with First Class Honours. He later moved to London to continue his studies on the Orchestral Artistry programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he won the 2021 Clarinet Prize and was a finalist at the Needlemakers Prize for Woodwind. Andy’s studies were supported with generous scholarships from the Musicians’ Company, Norman Gee Scholarship Foundation and Help Musicians UK, and he is thankful for their support.

 

Committed to outreach and educational work, Andy has participated in workshops across London, Yorkshire, Manchester and Cumbria, and regularly enjoys working with LSO Discovery. Without a Clarinet in his hands, Andy enjoys cooking, going for walks through the local parks, watching a variety of sports and visiting his families two pet dogs, Charlie and Teddy.

 

Andy is proud to be a Young Artist in association with the Worshipful Company of Musicians.