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Andy Smith Philharmonia Orchestra

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From the day I started playing Premier, I was happy and I've had no reason to be unhappy since. I've been playing Premier for 50 years.


Andy Smith has been Principal Timpanist of the Philharmonia Orchestra, London since 1972.

Over his 50-year career Andy has had the good fortune to play for Klemperer, Stokowski, Boult, Barbirolli, Muti, Maazel, Giulini, Levine, Salonen and Tippet. His playing, along with his Premier Elite timpani, have appeared on numerous albums and soundtracks along with computer games for Sony including the Harry Potter series.

Andy's musical interests started at the age of four after he received his first piano lesson. After a number of exam and competition successes in his teens he joined the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra as a pianist where he played concertos by Beethoven, Schumann and Williamson (at the time Master of the Queen's Music).

The orchestra received the first set of production pedal timpani by Rex Webb of Premier and so began Andy's affiliation and love for the brand.

He received lessons on the oboe, harp and timpani, 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 which led him to meet Vernon Handley who offered him the timpani job with Guildford Philharmonic. The die was cast and Andy worked with the Scottish Ballet, Welsh National Opera and the Bournemouth Symphony before joining the Philharmonia.

Outside of music, Andy's hobbies include photography and golf, along with anything to do with railways - including a large model collection. An interest in narrow boats is on the back burner for his retirement.


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