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Concert Leader

ANDREW BIGGS

Andrew was born in Crawley in 1962. He began playing the violin at the age of nine, and was taught by Pearl Barber at the West Sussex Music Centre, and later by Jean Harvey at the Royal Academy of Music. After ‘O’ and ‘A’-levels at Hazelwick School he took a degree in mathematics at King’s College, Cambridge, taking a very active part in the musical life there.

 

Andrew became leader of the Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra in 1985 and, since then, has played concertos by Saint-Saëns, Bruch, Sibelius and Elgar with the Orchestra, as well as The Lark Ascending. He has also performed concertos by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Brahms with different orchestras. From 2000 until 2005 he lived and worked in Derby, but continued playing with the BHSO for its concerts. He moved back to Burgess Hill in 2005 to take up a job in Crawley working for a global software company. He spends more time now playing in small chamber music groups rather than with orchestras, which is due, in part, to a partial loss of hearing he suffered several years ago following an ear infection.

 

He has two daughters, Natasha and Sophie, from his first marriage. He also has a son, Cameron, who was born in 2005, with his partner Alison Boother, a flautist with the orchestra.