Andrew Macleod

Tell us a little bit about yourself, your music-making, and your life.

Hi! I’m Andrew and I’m currently in my fourth year studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

I’m from Glasgow and I started playing through my local wind and jazz bands and haven’t stopped since!

What are your five favourite things?

Gavin and Stacey
Our family Caravan in Kintyre
Any Nigella Lawson cooking show
The Buff Club in Glasgow (if it reopens!)

How did you first get into music?

Well, my younger self must have loved a challenge because my trombone was bigger than me when I first started!
I am very lucky to live in East Renfrewshire where there are tonnes of opportunities, so from an early age I was playing in ensembles 6 days a week. I have been unable to shake the trombone off since then!

What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?

When I left school, I initially went to study Geography and Philosophy at Glasgow University so I went from playing Trombone almost every day to hardly touching it. Surprisingly, I only lasted 2 months before dropping out and applying to RCS. Since then, I have never looked back!

What has been your Nevis Ensemble highlight so far?

Definitely recording the new carol commissions for this Christmas. After lockdown I cannot express how wonderful it was to play with other musicians again. I am however looking forward to getting involved in some projects out with the public in the future.

What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?

Whilst I love playing classical symphonic music, I’ll never go a day without playing some 80s Disco or 70s Soul music. I also have a huge soft spot for anything Amy Winehouse.

How would you describe Nevis Ensemble to someone else?

Live, interactive, inclusive, and joyous!