Andrew Smith Principal Timpani

Andy had his first piano lesson aged four. After exam/competition successes he joined the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra in his early teens as pianist where he played concertos by Beethoven, Schumann and Williamson (at the time Master of the Queens Music). Whilst there he had Oboe, Harp and, Timpani lessons, notably with Eric Pritchard at the BBC in London.

In the mid sixties Andy went to the Royal College of Music to study piano, oboe and percussion where he met Vernon Handley who offered him the timpani job with the Guildford Phil. The die was cast and he worked with the Scottish Ballet, Welsh National Opera and the Bournemouth Symphony before joining the Philharmonia in 1972. Over his nearly 50 year career Andy has had the good fortune to play for Klemperer, Stokowski, Boult, Barbirolli, Muti, Maazel, Giulini, Levine, Salonen, Tippet, to name a few. Andy has three sons - Alex a kit player/teacher, William who is a manager in retailing and has his own sound/lighting business and George who is a music scholar at Oakham School studying for A levels - and his wife, Imogen, is a member of the 1st Violin section. Andy is also a proud grandfather of three. His main hobbies are photography, golf, and anything to do with railways - which includes a large model collection. An interest in narrow boats is on the back burner for his retirement.

The Principal Timpanist's Chair is currently available for Endowment.