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Since his debut at age eighteen, Colin Andrews has been recognized as a musician of great versatility, power and artistry. Born in Bristol, England, Andrews initially studied organ with Garth Benson of St. Mary Reddiffe Church. At sixteen, he entered London’s Royal Academy of Music for four years of organ and piano study under principal professors Douglas Hawkridge and Margaret McDonald. He later moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where he was a student of Professor Lionel Rogg. Following his return to Britain, he studied privately for two years with Dame Gillian Weir.

Colin Andrews has been the recipient of many awards; notably, he was a prizewinner at both the 1980 and 1982 Dublin International Organ Competitions in Ireland, and, in 1993 The Royal Academy of Music, London, bestowed an Associateship upon him in recognition of his distinguished performing career. Recently, Mr. Andrews was named “Membre d’Honneur” of the “Association Grand Orgue Trinité Messiaen” based at “l’Eglise de la Sainte Trinité” in Paris, where Messiaen was organist for 61 years. This honor is in recognition of Mr. Andrews’ work with Messiaen’s organ compositions. Colin Andrews is one of only four organists in the world to have recorded the complete organ works of Messiaen (available on the Gothic/Loft label). In 2012, Mr. Andrews’ recording of “L’Ascension” and “Messe de la Pentecote” by Messiaen was listed among the top 10 recordings of the year in the category of sacred music by “Christianity Today”.

Andrews has toured worldwide as a solo recitalist. Future engagements include concert tours of Asia, Europe and numerous engagement in the US. In addition to his recitals, Andrews is an active teacher and lecturer. He has recorded 20 broadcasts for the BBC and has appeared on local and national television and radio in Russia, Poland, the UK, Japan and New Zealand. Mr. Andrews currently serves as Adjunct Professor of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.

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Hommage a Messiaen; La Nativite du Seigneur - Colin Andrews Les Corps Glorieux/Andrews Les Corps Glorieux/Andrews
Olivier Messiaen’s French-Catholic mysticism is reflected in his unique musical vocabulary—it forms the basis of one of the most important organ repertoires of the twentieth century. His “Nativity Suite” is one of the most popular of his early organ works, offering musical meditations on the themes and characters of the Christmas story. Also included is the premiere recording of Lionel Rogg’s "Hommage à Messiaen". Acclaimed organist Colin Andrews presents his own musical homage for the centenary of Messiaen’s birth (2008). (Part of the Complete Organ Works of Messiaen by Colin Andrews -- LRCD-1163) Each of the seven movements of this powerful work presents a musical and theological statement, expressed in Messiaen’s unique musical vocabulary. The haunting opening creates a mystical, mantra-like atmosphere that lays the path for an hour of extraordinarily compelling music. Colin Andrews, a large Fisk organ, and the acoustics of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, NC, are the ideal ensemble for Messiaen’s mystical masterpiece. (Part of the Complete Organ Works of Messiaen by Colin Andrews -- LRCD-1163) Colin Andrews, a large Fisk organ, and the acoustics of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, NC, are the ideal ensemble for Messiaen’s most popular organ work, the Ascension Suite, and his evocative Mass for Pentecost. (Part of the Complete Organ Works of Messiaen by Colin Andrews -- LRCD-1163)
Messiaen: Livre d'Orgue and Individual works / Andrews (2 CDs!)
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Messiaen: Livre du Saint Sacrement / Andrews (2 CDs!)
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Intended as his final major work for organ, Messiaen's "Meditations on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity" is the culmination of his lifetime work as a composer for the organ. Begun as a set of improvisations celebrating the renovation of the organ at Trinity (and the church's 100th anniversary),  "Meditations" employs new musical languages to explore the mysteries of Christian faith. (Part of The Complete Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen by Colin Andrews, LRCD-1163) Messiaen's Livre d'Orgue (1951) is a technical tour de' force, demonstrating his complete mastery of Viennese serial technique, while also incorporating complex Hindu rhythmic formula and bird songs. In addition there are several popular early works, "The Celestial Banquet" and "Apparition of the Eternal Church," and three recently discovered pieces that have been rarely heard. (Part of The Complete Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen by Colin Andrews, LRCD-1163) "Livre du Saint Sacrement" is a summation of Messiaen's musical and theological persona, a statement of faith and a profound summary of his entire organ "oeuvres". Here he employs the significant compositional techniques of his life's work: modes of limited transposition, Hindu rhythms, Greek rhythms, plainsong, birdsong, "communicable language", and serialism. These elements are used to explore the mysteries of Christian faith, in this, his most massive work for organ.  (Part of The Complete Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen by Colin Andrews, LRCD-1163)
Messiaen: Complete Organ Works / Andrews (8 CDs!)
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A monumental acheivement---Colin Andrews is one of only a handful of organists that has recorded Messiaen's complete works for organ. This recording is also the first of Messiaen's complete works to be recorded on American organs, both built by C. B. Fisk.  "Andrews is a master at capturing the grandeur, spaciousness and reverence of this music, and he offers new and compelling interpretations. He is not afraid to explore what Messiaen himself described as ‘extremely delicate variations of rhythm and tempo’ – inflections that are intensely personal, impossible to notate or replicate and are frequently captivating. The enormous variety of touches called for across the cycle are worthy of mention, most notably a wonderfully smooth legato...The recording quality is excellent, with Roger Sherman from Loft expertly negotiating the challenge of recording organs in resonant rooms, balancing clarity with spaciousness...Highly recommended." - Sydney Organ Journal
   
 
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