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Andrew McBirnie is a British composer, music educator, examiner and consultant currently living in Oklahoma City, USA.
Sonatina for Brass, Ritornel
Sonatina for Brass
Andrew was born in Portsmouth, and read music at the University of Bristol (BA with first class honours, 1992) followed by postgraduate study in composition at the Royal Academy of Music / University of London (MMus 1994, PhD 1997). Former composition teachers include David Penri-Evans, Adrian Beaumont, Michael Finnissy and, most importantly and influentially, Justin Connolly. He also studied at Tanglewood as a Fellow in Composition, with Henri Dutilleux and George Perle (1995); and at Dartington, with Peter Sculthorpe (1998). He was a composer finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1993.
Between 1997 and 2002 he taught music in independent schools, firstly in Northumberland and then in Reading, where he was Director of Music at The Oratory School from 1999 to 2002. From 2002 to 2008 he was Chief Examiner in Music for London College of Music Examinations at Thames Valley University, where he also taught on the BMus course.
As a composer, Dr McBirnie has worked in the fields of opera, orchestral, instrumental, choral, vocal and educational music. His music has been performed widely in Britain and overseas by artists and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, the BBC Singers, the BBC Philharmonic, the Bennelong Ensemble, Onyx Brass, and Avenue A.continue
Ritornel (2000; rev. 2001), for septet, was awarded 'Honourable Mention' in the 2005 Salvatore Martirano Award, and was performed by the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in November 2005. The Sonatina for Brass (1995) was performed by the Faculty Brass Quintet of Laval University in Quebec City in November 2005, as part of the 2005 National Conference of the College Music Society. Three Motets on Scottish Metrical Psalms and Paraphrases (2006/7), for solo oboe, choir and orchestra, was premièred in Norwich in June 2007; and The Sun By Day (2007), for quarter-tone flute and piano, was premièred by Rarescale in London in September 2008. Intrada (2008/9) for concert band, was commissioned by the Goring and Streatley Concert Band and premièred by them in April 2009. Current projects include a song cycle for baritone and piano, and solo works for piano and organ.
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