Andrew Dean was born in Sussex and began his musical life as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, where he started to play piano and organ, learning with Nicolas Kynaston. He gained his first diploma at the age of 15 before studying music at Edinburgh University, where he continued his organ studies with Philip Sawyer and Peter Williams. During this time, he was a prize-winner in the diplomas of the Royal College of Organists.
Andrew has lived in Manchester since 1986 and has been Director of Music at both The Manchester Grammar School and Withington Girls’ School. He now teaches academic Music and organ at both Chetham’s School of Music and the Junior RNCM, and recently completed five years as Choral Director at Leeds Metropolitan University. As an organist and accompanist, he has performed throughout the UK and Europe and, as a teacher, he can count among his pupils several who now occupy positions as cathedral organists.