Who is Andy Harris?

 

Andy Harris (born 6th October 1955 in Worcester UK) is a composer and educator. He studied at Huddersfield School of Music, London College of Music and the University of London Institute of Education.

 

After graduating, Andy developed both careers, teaching music in schools and to private pupils. His post as Head of Music in a large secondary school in Staffordshire (UK) was the starting point of his professional career as a composer as it was here that he seriously began writing music for children. This period culminated in a series of pieces titled Jazzin’ Around (1992) for recorder ensemble, piano and percussion and his first musical for children, Pinocchio (1991/1992). Jazzin’ Around was premiered in Litchfield Cathedral and published by Dolce Edition, and Pinocchio was first performed in the Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford in 1992. At this time, Andy also wrote the theme music for two TV cartoons, King Tut (1990)and The Pooch Patrol (1990).

 

In August 1992, Andy moved to Krakow Poland and continued to compose music for children. His two musicals, The Nightingale (1993) and Red (1995), have been performed in Poland as well as the UK. His most recent children’s composition is a short musical for children called The Frightened Dragon (2011) which was performed at the opening of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Krakow during January 2011.

 

Andy’s first commercial commission in Poland came in 1995 when he was asked to compose the themes and incidental music for 5 Plays for Children (WSiP 1995)

Andy’s first commercial commission in Poland came in 1995 when he was asked to compose the themes and incidental music for 5 Plays for Children (WSiP 1995). This was followed by a number of other commissions for children’s songs and incidental music for projects such as Surprise (JUKA 2000/2002),Hurray (WSiP 2005/2007) and Domino (Nowa Era 2007/2008). Recently, Andy has been writing songs for the Tiger 1 project (Macmillan 2013).

 

Andy has also composed a number of chamber compositions and large-scale works for piano, four hands. These are generally very powerful works and include, Preludes (Set 1): Mirrors and Images (1994/2001), Preludes (Set 2): Lines(1995/2000), Cloudscape (1997/1998), Wasteland (1998), The Colours of Spring for French horn and piano (1999) and General Conversations for flute, oboe and piano (2001/2006). In July 2012, a CD titled Wasteland (DUX), containinga selection of his music for piano, four hands was released.

 

In 1996, the Polish singer-songwriter Jacek Kaczmarski, asked Andy to compose the music to a libretto he had written about the Roman emperor Heliogabal. To date, this project remains unfinished. In 2005, Andy wrote the music for the stage play Cuba which was performed in the Scena Teatru Zaleznego Politechniki in Krakow. Andy also composes commercial compositions and is currently writing pieces for music libraries.

 

In 1996, the Polish singer-songwriter Jacek Kaczmarski, asked Andy to compose the music to a libretto he had written about the Roman emperor Heliogabal.

Andy still lives in Krakow and is currently working on another large-scale work for piano four hands titled Łódź Regeneration which will form the basis of a second CD which is planned for released in 2015.

 

As well as his work as a composer, Andy co-founded the British International School of Cracow (1995), the British International School Wroclaw (2006) and the British International School Łódź (2011). He remains actively involved in the running of these schools and continues to take a keen interest in international education generally.

 

Andy is listed in the eighteenth edition of International Who’s Who in Classical Music and was Awarded the ECIS (European Council of International Schools) award for the Promotion of International Education in 2005. 

Music for piano: Four hands

 

  • Preludes (Set 1): Mirrors and Images. Five compositions for piano duet. (1994/2001)
    • Performed (in part) in Warsaw, 1995
    • Broadcast (in part) on Polish TV, 1995
    • Performed (in part) Temporary Contemporary Gallery  Kraków, 1999
    • First full performance Indigo Jazz Club Kraków, 2001
    • First performed Indigo Jazz Club Kraków, 2001Performed  Skwer Filia Centrum Artystycznego Fabryka Trzciny Warsaw, March 2013

  • Preludes (Set 2): Lines. Three compositions for piano duet. (1995/2000)
    • First performed Temporary Contemporary Gallery Kraków,1999
    • Performed Indigo Jazz Club Kraków, 2001
    • Performed  Skwer Filia Centrum Artystycznego Fabryka Trzciny  Warsaw, March 2013

  • Cloudscape. A large scale composition for piano duet. (1997/98)
    • First performed Indigo Jazz Club Kraków, 2001
    • Performed Centre of Jewish Culture Kraków, 2001
       
  • The Silence of Peace. A large scale composition for piano duet. (1997)
    • First performed Temporary Contemporary Gallery Kraków, 1999
       
  • Wasteland. A large scale composition for piano duet. (1998)
    • First performed Temporary Contemporary Gallery Kraków,1999
    • Performed Indigo Jazz Club Kraków, 2001
    • Performed Skwer Filia Centrum Artystycznego Fabryka Trzciny Warsaw, March 2013
       
  • Two Scenes from Nature. Piano duet. (1974)
    • First performed Soai University Concert Hall Osaka Japan, September 2012
    • Performed Skwer Filia Centrum Artystycznego Fabryka Trzciny Warsaw, March 2013CD Wasteland
       
  •  CD Wasteland
    • Performed by: Tamara Granat and Eri Iwamoto-Bukowin
    • Produced by DUX, Warsaw, Poland
    • Released July 2012
    • Contains: Wasteland, Preludes Set 1, Preludes Set 2, The Silence of Peace, Two Scenes from Nature

Instrumental music

 

  • Two Solo Piano Improvisations. (1998)
    • First performed Indigo Jazz Club Kraków, 2001

  • The Colours of Spring. Three pieces for French Horn and piano (1999)
    • First performed Temporary Contemporary Gallery Kraków, 1999

  • March and Toccata. Two pieces for organ. (1984 revised 2003)
    • Performed many times for weddings

  • General Conversations. Five pieces for flute, oboe and piano (2001-2006)

Music for the stage

 

  • Heliogabal, a three act opera based on the life of the Roman Emperor Heliogabal (204-222 AD). The libretto (in English) was written by Jacek Kaczmarski. (Started 1996. Unfinished to date)

  • Music for the play Cuba. 12 tracks, 38 minutes. (March, 2005)
    • First performed Scena Teatru Zaleznego Politechniki Kraków, March 2005

Musicals for children

 

  • Pinocchio. A full length musical for children. (1991/92)Pinocchio. A full length musical for children. (1991/92)
    (Script and lyrics Sheila Wainwright)
    • First performed Gatehouse Theatre Stafford, UK, June 1992
    • Subsequent performances Gatehouse Theatre, August 1992
    • Ballet version performed Kraków, June 1993
    • Shortened version performed Kraków, June 1999

  • The Nightingale. A full length musical for children. (1993)
    (Script and lyrics Sheila Wainwright)
    • First performed Gatehouse Theatre Stafford UK, September 1993
    • Performed Nowy Teatr Warsaw, March 1995
    • Ballet version performed Kraków, June 1994
    • Shortened version performed Kraków, June 2001

  • The Love Quartet. A full length musical for adults. (1994/95)
    (Script and lyrics Ken Harris)
    • Unperformed to date

  • Red. A short jazz musical for children. (1995)The Nightingale. A full length musical for children. (1993)
    (Lyrics Wendy Murphy)
    • First performed First Children’s Mini-Drama Festival Warsaw, June 1995
    • Two performances Kraków: June 1995, June 2000
    • Performed Groteska Teatr Kraków, June 2006
    • Performed Firlej Teatr Wrocław, June 2007
    • Performed Pacific American School Hsinchu, Taiwan, June 2009

  • ‘Let’s Communicate.’ A project/workshop with the staff and pupils of the British International School of Cracow to create a contemporary/rap musical based on the concept ‘Overcoming Cultural Differences.’ (2002)
    • First performed at the BISC Summer concert Kraków, June 2002

  • The Frightened Dragon. A short musical for children. (2011)
    (Lyrics Wendy Murphy)
    • First performed opening of the Hilton Garden Inn Krakow, January 2011
    • Performed at the BISC Łódż summer concert, June 2013 

Jazz compositions for children

 Jazzin’ Around. Three pieces for recorder ensemble, piano and percussion.

  • Jazzin’ Around. Three pieces for recorder ensemble, piano and percussion. (Published Dolce Edition, UK. 1992)
    • First performed Litchfield Cathedral, July 1992

  • 5 Jazz Pieces for Chamber Orchestra. (1991)
    • Broadcast (in part) Radio Stoke UK, 1991
    • First complete performance, Warsaw, 1995
    • Broadcast (in part) Polish TV, 1995

Eal commisions

 

  • Music for 5 Plays for Children. (WSiP, Warsaw. 1995)
    • Live performances held in Warsaw – First Children’s Mini-Drama Festival, and in Kraków

  • Music for ‘Surprise,’ an EAL coursebook. (JUKA, Warsaw. 2000 -2002)Music for ‘Surprise,’ an EAL coursebook. (JUKA, Warsaw. 2000 -2002)
    • Klasa IV (book 1 & book 2)
    • Klasa V (book 1 & book 2)
    • Klasa VI (book 1)

  • Music for ‘Hurray,’ an EAL coursebook. (WSiP, Warsaw. 2005 -2007)
    • ‘Hurray’ starter
    • ‘Hurray’ book 1 plus supplementary material (2008)
    • ‘Hurray’ book 2
    • ‘Hurray’ book 3

      Music for ‘Hurray,’ an EAL coursebook. (WSiP, Warsaw. 2005 -2007)
  • Nursery Rhymes project. 15 arrangements of English Nursery Rhymes (2006)
    • 3 track demo prepared for future project (not realized)

  •  ‘Domino’ project. (Nowa Era, Warsaw. 2007)
    • 5 songs composed for Klasa 1

  • Domino’ project. (Nowa Era, Warsaw. 2008)
    • 7 songs composed for Klasa IV

As well as composing the music for the above projects, I also selected and trained the singers and readers involved in the final studio recordings.

  • Tiger 1’ project. (Macmillan, Warsaw. 2013)
    • 15 songs and chants

  • ‘Tiger 2’ (Macmillan, Warsaw. 2014)
    • 11 songs and chants

  • ‘Tiger 3’ (Macmillan, Warsaw. 2015)
    • 3 songs and chants

Commercial compositions

 

  • Commercial Songs 
    • Christmas carol: Under the Star
    • Song: Follow Your Heart

  • TV Cartoons 
    • Children’s cartoon: The Pooch Patrol (Francis Wainwright Studio, UK 1990)
    • Adult cartoon: King Tut (Frances Wainwright studio, UK 1990) 

  • Motivational / Uptempo
    • Instrumental: I Don’t Know 

  • Promotional Pieces 
    • Instrumentals: Echo Pan, Echo Telecom

  • Space Themes
    • Instrumental: Forbidden Planet

  • Classical (After Philip Glass)
    • Orchestral: Where Human’s Dwell
      1) The World of Desire and Lust
      2) The World of Peace and Serenity
      3) The World of success and Prosperity
      4) The World of Conflict Resolution
      5) The World of Reality and Truth
      6) The World of Decline and Despair
      7) The World of Determination and Perseverance

  • Environment in Danger
    • Instrumental: Aftermath

  • Relaxation Music
    • Instrumental: Paradise Lost

  • Background Music
    • Instrumental: Rainbow People

  • Ethnic / Fusion
    • Instrumental: Polish Mountain Dance

  • Children’s Music
    • Instrumental: Beatin’ the Office Clock 

Under construction

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