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Andrew Burke

A lifelong resident of Ipswich, Andrew studied at the Royal Academy of Music as a composer and pianist. Having retired from full-time employment in 2014 music is no longer a ‘spare time’ activity, involving conducting, playing and arranging music, and – when the mood takes him (which it doesn’t much these days) – composing.  Locally he is involved principally with the Ipswich Operatic Society and Trianon Music Group. Until 2021 he was the Musical Director for the Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan Society, having originally started playing the piano for them in 1986.

Locally Andrew has appeared with the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra as the soloist in Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and with Trianon as soloist (twice) in the Warsaw Concerto. Other work has been as an orchestrator and arranger, with arrangements including selections from MGM Musicals, Abba, James Bond and also selections of popular music.  Andrew also arranged and orchestrated William Godball’s Ipswich New Town Hall Polka for Trianon’s September concert in 2013. He has also given piano recitals for Ipswich Arts, and at Wingfield Barns, Suffolk.