Andy Wareham (b.1994) is a conductor, composer and brass tutor based in Southampton, UK.
An experienced jazz trumpet player and brass band cornetist, Andy has performed in a number of high profile locations. These include the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Concorde Club Southampton, Principality Stadium, Wales Millennium Centre, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Barbican Centre, Branwyn Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.
He has received a number of awards for his performances, including a special honour from Wynton Marsalis following a performance at the Barbican Centre in London during the ‘Essentially Ellington’ competition, hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center USA.
A published composer with a range of publishing houses, Andy has won a number of awards for his music including the 'Vivendi Composition Award', 'Best Student Composition' at the 2016 University Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, The Cory Band Composition Competition 2017, A4 Brass Quartet's Composition Competition 2019 and The British Trombone Society Composers’ Competition 2020.
He also has a position as ‘Composer in Association’ with the RNCM based ‘Northern Quarters Brass Quartet’, made up of principal musicians from some of the UK’s leading brass bands (Brighouse & Rastrick, Black Dyke and the WFEL Fairey Band). From 2018 to 2021, Andy held the position of 'Young Composer in Residence' with the world famous Black Dyke Band and worked under the mentorship of Black Dyke's Composer in Residence, Professor Philip Wilby.
In 2013 Andy embarked on a serious education in music, studying an undergraduate degree at Cardiff University. He worked as conductor with the Cardiff University Music Society Concert Orchestra and Cello Ensemble, University Big Band and Jazz Orchestra. He also conducted the university’s brass band for two years and, during this time, discovered a love of conducting.
After graduating from Cardiff University as a Bachelor of Music (Hons), Andy went on to study as a Master of Music (Hons) at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He was accepted as the first student in the history of the conservatoire to study as a Brass Band Conducting student and studied under the guidance of renowned conductor and Euphonium virtuoso, Dr Robert Childs. Following two years of co-conducting the RWCMD Brass Band he graduated in July 2018 and directed the band one final time at his own graduation ceremony.