Andrew Skirrow began his musical life as a horn player, enjoying a busy freelance career with the likes of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera.
Always a keen arranger, demand for his music grew to the point where he founded Camden Music as a publishing business, initially to market his arrangements for wind instruments and his Urtext editions of Mozart Wind music. Early projects ranged from Gershwin, Renaissance dance music, through specially commissioned Urtext editions of Handel arias for Kiri Te Kanawa and Christopher Hogwood, to working on an Oliver Knussen opera with Faber Music.
The business rapidly grew into a successful publishing imprint, renowned not only for the quality of the music, but also the quality of the technical production, leading to the setting up of the services division of the business.
Since studying composition at the Guildhall School Of Music & Drama and the University Of Cambridge, Christopher has established a highly active career as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, editor, educational writer and music engraver. He is much in demand as one of the UK’s most prolific arrangers, having published over 1800 sheet music and audio transcriptions for Novello, Chester Music, Faber and A & C Black. His arrangements include big band scores of the songs of the Ratpack, transcriptions of the Nigel Kennedy Quintet, band arrangements for Aled Jones, a concert suite of the music from the Oscar-winning film score from ‘Atonement’ for composer Dario Marianelli, numerous choral pop arrangements for Novello, and an arrangement for a television commercial.
Christopher has also written much educational material, including instrumental tutors for the ukulele and the ocarina (Music Sales 2010) and two educational songs for Citizenship lessons (A & C Black 2008).
His original compositions have been performed at major UK festivals, as well as internationally, and include scores for theatre, concert hall, big band and a silent film.
Before Christopher joined Camden Music in 2005, he worked as an in-house editor of classical and educational music publications at Music Sales. His experience there formed the foundation of his understanding of the sheet music business and the customers’ requirements.