Andrew Cottee is one of the most respected arranger/composers in the UK. Recent projects include arranging for Quincy Jones and the London Symphony Orchestra and orchestrating the BBC’s ‘God Only Knows’ trail.
Andrew studied at the Royal College of Music. After graduating with first class honours he worked London as a percussionist whilst also writing prolifically. He was the orchestrator of Paul McCartney's ballet Ocean's Kingdom, premiered in New York and recorded in London for Decca.
His arrangements for the John Wilson Orchestra at the BBC Proms include a medley of film titles with Jane Monheit and Matthew Ford, a choroegraphed performance of the song Tap Your Troubles Away with Anna-Jane Casey and the overture Hooray for Hollywood. He also reconstructed many scores on Wilson's recordings for Warner Classics. Other Proms contributions include a concert of Ivor Novello songs and music from the film Genevieve for harmonica and orchestra.
Andrew has arranged for Bryn Terfel in the opening concert of the Wigmore Hall’s season, and music by Richard Rodney Bennett for Claire Martin and the BBC Philharmonic in a memorial concert for the composer. He has written for singers Curtis Stigers, Lance Ellington and Joe Stilgoe as well as Alison Balsom, Superbrass and percussionists O Duo.
Other orchestras he has worked for include the BBC Concert, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Dallas Symphony. His work for screen includes orchestrating for the film Beyond The Sea and for Mr Bean: The Animated Series. He arranged a vocal feature for Kevin Spacey on ITV and many of the scores for the John Wilson Orchestra's Swingin' Christmas on BBC.
Andrew's compositions have been performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Malaysian Philharmonic. He was a panel member for the BBC Concert Orchestra's project for student composers, Baroque Remixed. He continues to perform regularly and has played with the BBC and London Symphony Orchestras, John Wilson Orchestra, BBC Big Band, London Sinfonietta and Colin Currie Group. Music by Andrew Cottee