Andy's background of mixed musical experience has led to an incredibly
diverse career. Having trained as an orchestral
flautist, as principal flute of the National Youth Orchestra in the
early 1970’s and 3 years at the Royal College of Music, he soon
branched out into the London musical scene, from dance band dates (working
for Nat Temple, Joe Loss, Eric Delaney & Sidney Lipton among others)
to Ballet Rambert, taking in The National Theatre and the formation
of the Myhra Saxophone Quartet with John Harle.
He soon found work in the thriving “session” world and was busy depping in the London orchestras and on numerous West End shows. An interest in “ethnic” instruments seemed to fit well alongside work as both an orchestral flautist and a commercial “woodwind doubler”. He has played with an enormous list of renowned international artists, composers, arrangers and producers.
The early 80's saw the start of his work with the “Michael Nyman
Band”, with whom he still tours and records and "The Home
Service", winners of "Best Live Act" at the 2012 BBC
British Folk Awards. Andy is principal flute of The
National Symphony Orchestra, and works with many other chamber groups,
Ceruti Ensemble , London Saxophonic, Sax
Assault and Saxpak.
His West End credits include work in Andrew Lloyd Webber productions,
Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down The Wind, The Beautiful Game, (for which
he was named in the Sunday Times review), “Bombay Dreams and “The
Woman In White. Other recent shows include “Sinatra At The
London Palladium, Wicked, Lord Of The Rings, Oliver and Wizard Of Oz.
Apart from his appearances on hundreds of other peoples albums, he
has written and recorded for EMI's KPM library, MadeUpMusic, Karlin
Music, In-spired Production Music and featured on solo Panpipe cd's
for Virgin, Crimson and Emi.
2005 saw the release of “Tracked on the “Quartz”
label and 2007 his second album -“When The Boat Comes In”.
In 2008 he arranged and performed Michael Nyman's "Yamamoto
Perpetuo" for solo flute, recorded and released on CD.
In 2010 he released the album "Travelling Man" with the group
Acoustic Earth and in 2011 "Reflections" with "ELF"
along with an unaccompanied CD on the Nimbus Alliance label, "Density
2011 also saw the reformation of the "Home Service" with
an album release and a season of gigs. In Feb 2012 the Home Service
won "Best Live Act" at the BBC2 Folk Awards.
For a full list of credits please click here
Andy Findon is a "Pearl Flutes International Artist"