About

PortraitAndrew Orgee is an English composer of original music for amateur and professional musicians, with a large portfolio of compositions for solo, ensemble and orchestral forces. He studied music at Bromsgrove College and at Newcastle Polytechnic,  and obtained a Masters in Composition at Goldsmiths College, London, where he studied under composer Peter Dickinson. His music has been performed internationally and in leading venues in London. He lives in Cambridge, England.

Education


  • (1980-82)  2-year music foundation course, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England. Studied piano with Harold Taylor (author of “The Pianist’s Talent” and Director of Bromsgrove Music Festival).
  • (1982-85) – BA (Hons) with first class honours at Newcastle Polytechnic, England. Studied clarinet with Graham Evans (Northern Sinfonia) and composition with Dr Steve Ingham (Composer).
  • (1985-86) – British Academy scholarship awarded for research into graphical music notation at Newcastle University, England.
  • (1991-93) – M.Mus (Lond.) Masters degree in music composition at Goldsmith’s College, London. Studied composition with Professor Peter Dickinson.

Notable Concert Performances


  • 13th March 2009, Sofia City Modern Art Gallery, Bulgaria. 2nd performance of Blind Love song cycle performed by the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra “Orpheus” conducted by Raitcho Christov with Teodora Konach (Soprano) and Liliana Stoeva (Harp). 
  • 30th October 2005, Cultural Palace, Pernik, Bulgaria. 1st performance of ‘Bulgarian Sketches’ for string orchestra performed by the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra “Orpheus” conducted by Raitcho Christov.
  • November 1995, British Music Information Centre (BMIC), London. Performance of ‘Padma Vydya’ for solo oboe by Catherine Pluygers.
  • June 1993 Goldsmith’s Hall, London. Performance of ‘Nursery Songs’ song cycle by the Goldsmiths New Music Group with singer Chloe Douglas, conducted by Gregory Rose.
  • September 1992, Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London. Performance of ‘Padma Vydya’ for solo oboe by Catherine Pluygers.
  • November 1987, Kings Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Performance of ‘Bravura’ for Solo Piano by Robin Terry (Composer).
  • January 1986, Newcastle Playhouse. Performance of music theatre piece ‘Brainwashed’ by the Newcastle New Music Group.
  • November 1985, Dovecote Arts Centre, Stockton. Performance of music theatre piece ‘Brainwashed’ by the Newcastle New Music Group.
  • September 1985, Bede Art Gallery, Jarrow. Performance of ‘Wistful’ by the Newcastle New Music Group.

Music Teaching and Performance


  • 1995, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Tutor of junior school as locum teacher. Conducting junior choir and taking Saturday workshops.
  • 1993 to 1994 – Hexagon, Reading. Gave the pre-concert talks for the Hexagon Classical Concert series from 1993 to 1994.
  • March 1994, Reading Adult College – wrote and taught the course ‘A Handful of British Composers’
  • July 1990, South Bank Festival Hall. Performed with the Oxford Gamelan in the Indonesian Music Festival.
  • March 1986, Northern Arts Composition in Schools Project with Harmonie Band. Music Animatuer.

Published Music and Catalogues


  • (2002) Chamber Music Repertoire for Amateur Players (3rd Edition) by Harold Haines – inclusion of String Quartet ‘Estampie Real’
  • (2002) Contemporary Music for Amateurs (COMA) music library – inclusion of String Quartet ‘Estampie Real’
  • (1983-84) produced ‘100 Russian Folk Songs’ published by Newcastle Polytechnic Modern Languages Department – transcriptions taken from live recordings of Russian folk singers 

Memberships of Organizations


  • (2016-2017) Member of British Academy of Song Writers, Composers & Authors (BASCA)
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