As a musician, Andrew describes himself as “a multi-disciplinariest with a chameleon’s musical attitude.” He is particularly interested in cross-art-form collaborations demanding new and innovative blended artistic disciplines. Andrew graduated with three music majors: Composition, Performance and Musicology and was awarded the J. Albert and Sons Scholarship. He is currently the Director of the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music.
Andrew French Northam embarked on his musical journey after being enchanted by a series of remarkable performance experiences. One such experience was a magnificent horn solo by Clary Mellor, the First Horn of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, who later became Andrew’s teacher and mentor. Additionally, witnessing the Mahavishnu Orchestra and John McLaughlin in their full improvisational glory exposed him to cross-cultural music exploration and the mesmerizing sounds of the electric guitar. In addition to his accomplishments, Andrew has contributed to the Bellingen Jazz Festival, Armidale Jazz Camps, and the Sydney Youth Orchestra as a director and artistic administrator. Andrew’s educational activities encompass teaching guitar, brass, music technology, composition, and songwriting, spanning from schools to universities.