With credits for film, television, theatre, the concert hall and recordings, Andrew Cottee is one of the most versatile and in demand composer/arrangers of his generation. A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Andrew began his musical life as a percussionist performing with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and BBC Big Band. During this time Andrew started arranging music and began writing for the John Wilson Orchestra, reconstructing the great scores of the golden era of the Hollywood film and Broadway musicals together with his own original arrangements.
Andrew was the orchestrator for Paul McCartney’s ballet Ocean’s Kingdom, premiered in New York and recorded for Decca. Andrew’s reconstructions and arrangements have been performed by the John Wilson Orchestra at the BBC Proms and have been included on the orchestra’s recordings for Warner Classics. He has arranged for Quincy Jones and the London Symphony Orchestra, for Bryn Terfel in the opening concert of the Wigmore Hall’s season and was invited by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to arrange and orchestrate a concert celebrating the life and work of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Several film credits include the musical animation Sing, and the Bobby Darin biopic Beyond The Sea starring Kevin Spacey. For television Andrew orchestrated ‘God Only Knows’ for BBC Music Day, ‘Mr Bean: The Animated Series’ and his work was featured on the CBS TV special in America ‘Sinatra 100’. Andrew recently had his first Broadway credit for An American in Paris and in 2015 Andrew was invited by the Old Vic Theatre to be the music director for Kevin Spacey’s farewell gala concert.
In 2015 Seth MacFarlane invited Andrew to arrange music for his live concerts. Andrew’s arrangements have been heard across concert halls in America with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Washington National Orchestra and Ravinia Festival. In 2016 Andrew was invited by Seth MacFarlane to write an album of original arrangements which they recorded together at Abbey Rd Studios in London for future release.