Andrew Robertson Mackereth born 1965
Andrew Mackereth was born in Gateshead Tyne & wear in 1965. The son of Salvation Army officer parents; he has travelled extensively living in many interesting places including 4 years in Zambia and nine years in Kingston-upon-Hull. It was here that he began his earliest musical training.
In 1982, he returned to his native North-East to enrol on the Certificate in Brass Band Studies Course at Newcastle College of Arts and Technology, studying trombone, euphonium and tuba. In 1984, Andrew gained a place at the Birmingham School of Music to study Trombone and Composition, later studying Percussion and Conducting also. In his fourth year, he won the Bernhard Brown Memorial Composition Prize.
At the completion of his studies he entered the teaching profession where he remains ever since.
His first publication was the song “Ring the Bells of Heaven” in 1987, but it was 1998 before his first piece for band entered the Salvation Army repertoire. A prodigious writer, to date, more than fifty of his compositions; religious and secular are in print; many frequently feature on the concert programmes of Salvation Army Bands. In September of 2000 he was named Composer-in-Residence to the Coventry City Salvation Army Band.
As a relatively unknown figure in the mainstream brass band world he was delighted to be asked to compose music for the tour of Great Britain by the Melbourne Staff Band (Australia). Contributing amongst others the work: Exaltation which gave its’ name to the tour and became the concert opener.
More recent full-scale works include: A GREAT AND MIGHTY WONDER for Belfast Temple Music School and the multimedia overtures: A GOWANS & LARSSON CELEBRATION to celebrate the songs of John Gowans and John Larsson for brass band, wind ensemble, choir, Soloist, off-stage brass quartet, piano, bass & drums and HILLSONG PRAISE for performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
His reputation as a composer and band trainer has attracted several prestigious overseas engagements including Buenos Aires in 2004 and Chicago in 2005 and New York in 2008.
In addition to his brass band conducting commitments with the Salvation Army, Andrew also conducts a group he co-founded: The Salvation Army Symphonic Wind Ensemble. (www.saswe.com)
Andrew lives in Nuneaton with his wife Stella and two children, Eleanor and Joshua.