Andrea is a graduate of Salford University, where she was awarded a First Class Honours degree and a distinction in a Masters Degree in composition, as well as earning the Mortimer prize for performance.
During her playing career, she has performed at the highest level, including a 10 year tenure as Principal Percussionist and featured soloist of the Black Dyke Band, where she also composed music performed by many of the band’s soloists, including Sheona White and Gary Curtin.
Her list of musical achievements also include, being one of the youngest people to ever achieve a place at the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music, reaching the percussion final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and becoming the first female conductor of the Mikeneko Band in Japan.
Alongside her conducting, Andrea is a well-sought-after adjudicator and an examiner of composition for the AQA exam board. Her most recent career achievement is becoming the Head of Lower School at Chetham’s School of Music.