Andrew, is a native of Cornwall and started his playing career on trombone at the age of eight with the Bodmin Town Band under the baton of his father, the renowned John Berryman. He later went on to play with the Grimethorpe Junior Band followed by the William Davis Construction Band.
In 1980 Andrew gained a place at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Whilst at the Guildhall Andrew was the Principal trombone with European Community Youth Orchestra (ECYO) and established a busy freelance career.
In 1984 he became the Principal trombone of the Ulster Orchestra and in 1988 the Principal trombone of the Halle, a position he held for 20 years. During this time he played as guest principal with many of the countries leading orchestras and bands including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, Black Dyke, Fodens, Grimethorpe, Faireys, Wingates, Yorkshire Building Society and GUS respectively. As a soloist Andrew has recorded with the Ulster Orchestra, the Halle, Halle Brass, Halle Rock, BBC concert orchestra, GUS and Wingates and on the Doyen label.
Andrew has adjudicated at such events as the BBC Young Musician of the Year, Brass In Concert, the European Brass Band Championships, the Norwegian Brass Band Championships and Siddis Brass Band Entertainment Championships.
From 1988-2008 Andrew was Professor of Trombone at the Royal Northern College of Music and for several years a part time tutor at Chethams School of Music, Salford University and Manchester University. At Chethams Andrew taught Peter Moore, who became the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year at the age of 12 and is now a member of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has delivered masterclasses in most of the leading music colleges in the UK and abroad at Julliard and Manhatten Schools of Music and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
In 2009 Andrew became the Musical Director and Senior Advisor to the Abu Dhabi Police Band, a position that included developing cross cultural music, arranging and music education. During his time in Abu Dhabi Andrew was also Head of Brass at Brighton College and conducted sessions and concerts in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Hong Kong for ‘Music for Autism International’.
Whilst still active as an instrumental performer Andrew is now looking forward to developing his conducting career. He is returning as a guest conductor with the Bolton Symphony Orchestra and will also be conducting the Orchestra Toscana Classica in Florence.
‘I am looking forward with great excitement to the challenges that Lanner Brass Band and I will face in 2018. 2017 was very rewarding and I think everyone has a great sense of expectation for the future’. Andrew Berryman AGSM (Dist) MA
Musical Director Lanner Brass Band
Band Leader Berrytones Big Band
Musical Director/Principal Conductor NSO Symphony Orchestra