Andy Quin was born in London and began playing piano at 4 years of age and organ at 8. Having been a childhood fan of Sidney Torch, Andy began his organ-playing career on the famous Christie at the Regal, Edmonton and was also mentored by Joseph Seal. Moving from London to the East Coast he then joined the Colchester Hammond Organ Society where he had the opportunity both to listen to and play alongside many of the greats of the organ world including George Blackmore, Brian Sharp, Ena Baga and Jerry Allen to name but a few. In 1971, Andy attended the Royal Albert Hall organ centenary concert and was much inspired by the improvisation of the great classical organist, Marcel Dupre. The following year Andy played in a concert on the Astra Llandudno Christie with Robinson Cleaver, where he made his first radio broadcast, and afterwards was offered a short spell of accompanying silent movie screenings on the theatre organ.
Having played many cinema organs and given numerous concerts in the southeast and London as a child, (including the ILOMS Christie, Diss Wurlitzer and the Gaumont State Kilburn where he performed alongside Robin Richmond), Andy’s focus moved more towards composing than performing. He was also becoming very interested in electronics and recording, (he turned his dad’s front room into an electronic music studio with synthesizers, tape loops, an array of speakers and the linking together of two organs to make a 4-manual console!). He turned down a scholarship to the RCM and went on to study for a degree in Music and Electronics at Keele University. Andy continued his studies on classical organ as well as performing summer seasons in various hotels, clubs, pubs and holiday parks to earn money when he was a schoolboy and student. This included many seasons at the Seawick Holiday Lido Clacton, where he had the opportunity to accompany famous visiting pop acts such as the Three Degrees.
After graduating he started composing music for TV and Film and his internationally successful career as a composer really took off in 1984. Since then Andy has had very little time to pursue his first love of performing although he has always kept a keen interest in organs. He has composed numerous TV and film tracks using both electronics and pipes as well as being broadcast on The Organist Entertains and playing classical organ music such as the Widor Toccata at a number of weddings! Now in 2014 Andy is celebrating 50 years of playing and is looking forward to a return to giving a few organ concerts when time permits! His classical training, vast experience of composing, arranging and conducting many of the major UK orchestras, working with the world’s finest musicians, a great knowledge of film and TV scoring coupled with years of experience of Jazz and improvisation give Andy a unique insight as a performer. His programmes include arrangements and improvisations on standards, Light Music, themes from the classics, musicals and film, The Great American Songbook and of course a few of his own well known compositions from some of the UK’s best loved advertisements and long running TV series.
Andy is much in demand around the world for his compositional work, particularly in the US. Recently his music has featured on major productions such as Boardwalk Empire, Whoopie Goldberg’s directorial debut film “Moms” Mabley and the massive Nike Tomorrow Starts Now ad campaign. His trailer to the Terrence Malick film ‘To The Wonder’ was a finalist in the Music and Sound Awards 2014 at The Troxy. He is currently working on his 70th Album for his publisher De Wolfe Music, which is to be a selection of organ music including Classical Pipe, Theatre and Electronics. He is also enthusiastic educator and supporter of organ and restoration projects. He gives illustrated lectures/workshops/demonstrations to schools and Universities on aspects of film and TV music including cinema organ whenever time permits. Please contact him if you are interested in a talk or for fundraising/charity work.