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Our Teachers

Andrew Sleightholme


 

Andrew Sleightholme grew up in County Durham. After winning a music scholarship to Sedbergh School in Cumbria, where he studied piano with Christine Stevenson, Andrew went on to read music at Christ Church, Oxford, where he simultaneously studied piano with Niel Immelman at the Royal College of Music in London, and took part in numerous solo, chamber and orchestral performances, including directing several performances of contemporary works for six pianos.

After a hiatus from music, during which time Andrew lived and worked in Paris for the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, and also worked in London as an advertising agency account planner, he felt the pull of his roots and now spends his time divided between teaching piano and also performing as a freelance piano, keyboard and synthesiser player in a diverse range of musical genres, and in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Albert Hall, the O2 and Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

Andrew is the permanent keyboard and synth player for the Classical/Folk fusion ensemble Mishaped Pearls, with whom he has toured France regularly and has performed in numerous festivals throughout the UK. He has a regular performing partnership with the soprano Abigail Sudbury, with whom he is currently working through the complete lieder repertoire of Beethoven. He also composes, and projects in 2014 include original music and sound design for a newly-written puppetry production at the V&A Museum as part of their Shakespeare season.

On my desert island, I would have the following improbable, but to me highly desirable, items! :

- Endless supplies of good coffee and organic whole milk, and preferably a skilled barista and associated paraphernalia, to make perfect cappuccinos!
- A compendium of large-scale Ordnance Survey maps of the British Isles to remind me of home (I seriously love maps)
- An ondes Martenot – I have absolutely loved this rare French electronic instrument ever since I was a teenager

 

"I love to teach because my pupils are invariably some of the most entertaining people I know."