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Why Choose 1685...

'Andrew is a top class teacher, with a brain filled with tips, tricks and techniques to improve your playing. He clearly has an ear and an eye to see what works well and what needs fixing. I hadn’t played for many years and was nervous about returning to the keys. But, immediately I was welcomed back in to the world of piano with a cup of coffee and a friendly face (with a great moustache) belonging to a great teacher! Andrew continues to help me progress with my piano and week by week I can see improvements; this has not only increased my ability to play, but also it has massively boosted my motivation to learn more. I can’t imagine anyone I’d rather learn with than Andrew!'

Imogen, Adult Student

'Andrew is very kind and humorous and I really enjoy my lessons with him. He has helped me achieve grade 3 with distinction!' 

Will, year 9

  • DBS Checked

  • 100% Merit/Distinction for examination students in 2017/18

  • Professionally Qualified

  • Public Liability Insured

  • Incorporated Society of Musicians Registered Teacher

By studying with Andrew at the 1685 studio, you will benefit from his 23 years' experience teaching students of all ages and abilities. Andrew has a great rapport with young people, and will make even the most nervous adult feel comfortable.  Andrew is passionate about classical music, but has made a career from performing in many different genres. As a result, he is uniquely placed to cater for all styles of musician, from new starters to diploma students, those who want learn Bach, and those who want to play Billy Joel. Andrew's extensive experience playing recitals, shows, playing in bands and accompanying choirs means there are few others so well placed to provide the education you want.


All his students learn how to read music and how to practice effectively, which means that ultimately, you will be able to pick up the music YOU want to play without help. Our student concerts also offer you performance opportunities in a relaxed and supportive environment.

I'm really impressed with the high level of training. My daughters both really enjoy their lessons.


Andrew has helped me identify where I need to improve, and how to break out of my bad habits. He is very patient, and interested in helping me achieve my goals.

Patsy, Adult Student

'Our son has improved immensely since having lessons with Andrew and really enjoys learning with him. Andrew challenges him, without pushing him too hard, and always talks in a positive manner'.


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