Andrew Dicks

Andrew’s Qualifications

Andrew started learning the piano when he was 8 years old. He progressed through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) classical piano exams, passing Grade 8 with distinction.

Andrew took part in musical activities whilst at university where he studied chemistry. On graduation he took up organ playing becoming a parish church organist and choirmaster in the UK for 15 years. During this time he studied with the celebrated HA Bate and gained the Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) diploma.

An interest in choral music led Andrew to establish a community choir in Solihull England, which is still going strong. He also joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus in which he has taken part in many concerts in venues around the world, and in numerous recordings and broadcasts on radio and TV.

What has led you to do music coaching?

I developed a great appreciation for music in all its forms whilst growing up in England. I started playing the organ at Church when I was 13. I used to accompany my brother at home. He played the viola in the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra, and followed a career in music performance and education. I studied science at college but music was always part of my life whether as a listener or performer in amateur productions, or more later as a semi-professional.

Science has confirmed what has been known for generations, that music is fundamental to the human spirit and can be nurtured and developed. William Byrd, the great English composer of renaissance choral music once said the “music is such a good thing, I wish all men would sing’. I now offer coaching as would like to guide others to uncover and reach their musical potential. I believe everyone should be given the chance to explore and appreciate music especially through learning and playing/singing.

What is your personal mission statement?

I have been blessed with both an ability to play, sing and take part in immensely fulfilling musical performances. Some of the highlights in my musical career have been the most unexpected. That is the nature of live music. I want to ensure my students have the chance to experience these moments. So many people these days do not have the opportunity to take part in music making.

What are your favourite styles of music?

I find myself inspired by a plethora of music styles ranging from classical to rock to new age and more. As an organist, the music of JS Bach stands head and shoulders above others, Chopin is a notable composer of piano music, but I also enjoy playing Scott Joplin as well as Beethoven.