Andrew West Biography


Andrew West at the organ of St Luke, Winton, Bournemouth
St Luke's, Bournemouth (June 2014)


I was educated at Bishop Stopford School in Enfield, Middlesex and took organ lessons with Peter Smith (Cheshunt Parish Church). At the age of 16, I was appointed organist of St Matthew, Ponders End, a post which I held for two years.

In 1998, I furthered my studies at Colchester Institute, Centre for Music and Performance Arts and Kutztown University, Pennsylvania, USA, graduating with an honours degree in Liturgical Music in 2001.

I studied singing with Ian Ray and organ with Christopher Phelps (former organist of Armagh Cathedral) and Dr Ina Grapenthin (USA).


I was organist and choirmaster of St James the Great in Colchester from 2000 until 2004, alongside which I undertook postgraduate research in Liturgical Music with Roman Catholic composer, Bill Tamblyn, at Colchester Institute.

As a solo organist and accompanist, I have had the opportunity to play in numerous churches and cathedrals throughout the UK and Europe. I was Assistant Director of Music at Pinner Parish Church from 2004 until 2010. I took the choir to sing services at Truro, Southwark, St Edmundsbury, Chelmsford, Bristol and Gloucester cathedrals and also a visit to Westminster Abbey. I have been fortunate to play in other notable buildings, such as Waltham Abbey, Norwich Cathedral, Boulogne Cathedral (France) and St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valetta (Malta).

I am an active volunteer for the Royal School of Church Music and have been the Awards Administrator for the London and Winchester Areas. I was Director of Music at St Luke's, Bournemouth from 2011 until 2017, and I am currently the Director of Music at St Katharine's, Southbourne.

Alongside my musical commitments, I am also a professional Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies. I live in Poole, Dorset with my wife, Laura, and daughter, Poppy.


Click HERE to hear me play.

Click HERE to see the list of organs
that I have played.                                                   



Tel: 07590 761763


As a professional musician, I hold adequate public liability insurance to the value of £5m.

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