With over 30 years’ musical experience, Andy Scott is a key player in the worlds of British classical music and jazz. We quizzed him on his British Composer Award nominated piece, A Child Like You…
As a composer, saxophonist and educator, Andy Scott has enjoyed a musical career at the top of his game for the best part of 30 years.
Andy is a busy man as tenor sax for the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, performer and composer with ensemble, SaxAssault and one half of an experimental duo with percussionist Dave Hassell. At the same time he’s composer in residence with Foden’s Brass Band and a tutor at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).
A past British Composer Award (BCA) winner, he was nominated again in 2015 for his work A Child Like You. We caught up with him to find out more about the piece and on his thoughts on the world of composition. Look out for a performance of the work at the forthcoming RNCM Brass Band Festival on Saturday 30 January 2016…
How did you first get into music?
I came from a musical family, my grandparents both played piano, improvising to black and white films. My dad was a clarinettist and organist who went to the Royal College of Music and my aunt a cellist who studied at the Royal Academy of Music.
I ended up playing the saxophone because I suffered from asthma as a kid. A doctor said this kind of exercise would help my lungs but I’ve no idea why I specifically went for the sax. But learning how to control your breath when playing a woodwind or brass instrument can definitely help you if you are an asthma sufferer.
How did your love for music develop from there?
I think it depends a lot on how inspirational your teachers are when you’re young or when you start an instrument.....
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