Website last updated 11 Mar 2018
Where to Listen (gratis): Amoration (audio); Sanguis Venenatus (video) (audio); Marine (video: EUYO) (audio: BBC Phil) (audio: LSO)
Andrew March was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom in
1973. Andrew studied composition with Jeremy Dale Roberts at the Royal
College of Music from 1992 to 96.
For his graduation he wrote Easdale;
a three-movement, programmatic work for full orchestra which received
its first performance with Edwin Roxburgh conducting the RCM Symphony
Orchestra. On graduation, Andrew was awarded the United Music Publishers
Prize, a Constant & Kit Lambert Award, and for Easdale, the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize 1996.
His orchestral piece Marine - à travers les arbres won
first prize in the 1998 Masterprize International Composing
Competition, and has been recorded by the BBC for the European
Broadcasting Union and by the London Symphony Orchestra in Abbey Road
Studios for EMI Classics Debut Series (EMI_Biog) under conductor Daniel Harding. The piece has been played by British
orchestras such as the LSO and the BBC Philharmonic and has received a
total of 13 international live performances including the Moscow Radio
Symphony Orchestra under conductor Mischa Damev and the European Union
Youth Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Andrew has been
involved in several collaborative projects where bespoke compositions
have been written for choirs such as the chapel choir of Corpus Christi
College, Cambridge, leading to the release of a CD with Lammas Records.
In 2001, Nymphéas for Two Pianos was written for pianist
brothers duo Peter & Patrik Jablonski, who gave the World première
in the Royal Palace Stockholm in the Autumn of 2002, and then
followed with a tour that programmed the piece in and around
In July 2005, A Stirring in the Heavenlies (2000)
was successfully recorded, in full, by the Kiev Philharmonic under
composer/conductor Robert Ian Winstin for the landmark 12-CD series Masterworks of the New Era on ERM Media label.
On 13th November 2012, Parma Recordings released Sanguis Venenatus, an Elegy for Strings). The title translates as 'Tainted Blood') - and is dedicated to those who have
lost their lives to contaminated blood and blood products. The Elegy was given its première by the strings of the Todmorden Orchestra under Nick Concannon Hodges in 2010 and this was followed by a second performance in Westminster Abbey in 2011. Sanguis Venenatus can be
found on the "Dimensions" album on the Navona Label, distributed by
A setting of De Profundis was published by Paraclete Press, USA, in June 2013 and later that year, Andrew visited New York City to attend rehearsals and introduce his Three Pieces for Solo Cello which were performed at Weill Hall, Carnegie, by Romanian-born cellist, Ovidiu Marinescu.
In 2014, Indianapolis publisher Colla Voce Music Inc., published two sacred choral settings of Psalm 13, How Long, O Lord? and the evening vesper, Marian Antiphon No. 3.
In January 2016, Amoration, for Piano and Strings, was recorded by MME at the MRTV studios in Skopje Macedonia by the strings of the Macedonian National Radio Symphonic Orchestra. The piece has since received repeat broadcasts around the world with a Sunday morning broadcast in May 2016 on the Bill Turnbull programme which marked Andrew's début on Classic FM.
In the first half of 2016 Alea Publishing and Recording (USA) published Equipoise for Bass Clarinet and Piano, Nymphéas for Clarinet Choir and Dragonfly for flute, viola and harp. In July 2016, Andrew's setting of Laudate Dominum", was released by Swirly Music Inc.
Alea Publishing and Recording later published Spring Tide Arabesque for Bass Clarinet duo. By the early Autumn of 2016, Alliance
Publishing, Inc. signed 6 of Andrew's choral pieces, two of which (Nunc Dimmitis and Thou Art Worthy) have already been released.
In March 2017, a volume of works for bass clarinet and piano, entitled "Seven Pieces", was published by ALEA Publishing and Recording. In April 2017, Alliance Publishing, Inc. published Andrew's choral piece, Your Mercy, O Lord for treble choir.
Late November 2017 saw the release of Two Pieces (2017) for Bass Clarinet Duo with ALEA Publishing and Recording.
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