Andrew Leach

Andrew was a music scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and studied piano with Dennis Murdoch at the Royal Academy of Music. Since retiring as a school Director of Music, latterly at Ipswich School, he has been able to devote more time to solo piano recitals, chamber music and accompanying. Performances over the last year have included a piano recital for Woodbridge Choral Society, recordings for ‘Media Tracks’ including the first performance of piano works by Tara Guram, and a Summer Concert for Ipswich Chamber Music Society featuring trios for clarinet, cello and piano. Andrew greatly enjoys performing the piano works of Beethoven, including his third and fourth piano concertos with Lavenham Sinfonia, his Diabelli Variations at St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich last summer and his Choral Fantasy, directing from the piano, at Snape Maltings this spring.

Andrew is conductor of Woodbridge Choral Society, with whom highlights in recent years include several major works: Verdi Requiem, Britten War Requiem and Mendelssohn Elijah, all at Snape Maltings concert hall, and Annelies by James Whitbourn at St Mary’s Church, Woodbridge. Andrew has also been musical director of a number of operas performed in Woodbridge: The King’s River, a community opera by Jana Rowland; L’elisir d’amore; The Magic Flute and Die Fledermausand The Barber of Seville. He is Chairman of Ipswich Chamber Music Society and organist at St Mary Elms, Ipswich. Andrew is often seen on his bike, as he cycles to musical gigs wherever possible. He also enjoys walking, especially up the Scottish hills.