Andrew McNeill has written and appeared as soloist on BBC TV and Radio, Scottish Television, SKY Television and European networks. He has toured across Europe, Egypt and the USA as well as broadcast live in the Edinburgh International Festival on the Internet. His concert appearances include the Barbican Concert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Chichester Cathedral. As a saxophonist, he has played at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and toured the USA. Other tours include a Spanish production of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Threepenny Opera’ (‘A opera dos tres reas’) starring Luis Tosar, which received 6 nominations for the aria Casares Theatre Awards. Andrew McNeill was schooled as a classical saxophonist at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama, when he was awarded the ‘Concerto Prize’ and the ‘Lady Mayoress’ Prize’, where he earned the reputation for being at ease on the Classical stages and in Jazz settings. His appearances as a concerto soloist span a repertoire from Baroque through Romantic Classical music by composers such as Alexander Glazunov to Debussy and Ibert to the more outrageous and brutal score by Harrison Birtwistle, ‘Panic’. A notable BBC TV recording is a performance of a crossover style ‘Sonata for sax & piano’ by Phil Woods (close friend of Charlie Parker) of which renowned clarinettist Michael Collins commented, “as soon as he puts the saxophone in his mouth it just speaks”. As a composer, commissions include the classical score ‘Deadly Nightshade’ performed by members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and a classical jazz score for Hjalmar Bergman’s play ‘Marqurelle’. He has also collaborated as a composer with designers such as Todd Lynn on ‘Chimaera’, London Fashion Week, which was aired on cable TV across the USA.
Andrew McNeill was awarded ‘BBC Radio 2 Young Musician Of The Year’ in 1995