Born in Bristol, England, Andrews initially studied organ with Garth Benson of St. Mary Redcliffe Church. At sixteen, he entered London’s Royal Academy of Music. He later moved to Geneva, Switzerland where he was a student of Lionel Rogg. Following his return to Britain he studied privately for two years with Dame Gillian Weir.
Colin Andrews has been the recipient of many awards; most notably, he was a prizewinner at both the 1980 and 1982 Dublin International Organ Competitions in Ireland. Mr. Andrews has toured worldwide as a solo recitalist. He has appeared at a number of the world’s most prestigious venues including the Royal Festival Hall, London; King’s College, Cambridge; Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Hong Kong Cultural Center; The Moscow Conservatoire; the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris; the National Conventions of the NZAO and the American Guild of Organists; Yale, Duke and Stanford Universities, plus leading halls and cathedrals in Taiwan, South America, Iceland, Finland, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa and
most of Eastern and Western Europe.
In the autumn of 2005, he joined the East Carolina (USA) faculty, teaching in the areas of Applied Organ and Organ Literature. During the 2008-2009 academic year, Andrews was Interim Director of Organ and Sacred Music Studies at East Carolina University. Since the autumn of 2009, Colin Andrews has been Adjunct Professor of Music at Indiana University; he is also Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Indiana.
Recently, Mr. Andrews was named “Membre d’Honneur” of the “Association Grand Orgue Trinité Messiaen” based at L’Eglise de la Sainte Trinité in Paris, where Messiaen was organist for 61 years. This honour is in recognition of Mr. Andrews’ work with Messiaen’s organ works. Colin Andrews is one of only four organists in the world to have recorded the complete organ works of Messiaen.
Lynnwood Farnam (1885-1930)
Toccata on “O Filii et Filiae” (pub. 1932)
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Passacaglia & Fuga in C minor BWV 582
Chorale-Prelude: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross BWV 622
Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Psalm-Prelude Set 1, No. 1 (1914) Op. 32
César Franck (1822-1890)
Pièce heroïque from Trois Pièces (1878)
Joseph Bonnet (1884-1944)
Variations de concert Op. 1 (1906)
Leo Sowerby (1895-1968)
Comes Autumn Time (1916)
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Prière avant la communion from Livre du Saint Sacrement (1984)
Dieu parmi nous from La Nativité du Seigneur (1935)
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