ANDREW KEEPING'S reputation as one of the country's leading guitarists, teachers, producers and pioneers of the instrument has led him to all corners of the planet, working with some of the greatest musicians, composers, musicologists and institutions. His unique blend of humour and warm personality has made him a much sought after performer, speaker and lecturer & is a regular favourite of the British Royal Family.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Andrew has taken part in masterclasses with John Williams, Julian Bream and Eduardo Fernandez. He has appeared at venues worldwide including broadcasts on both radio and television. He works in partnership with various international singers and instrumentalists. His intimate drawing-room recitals have included regular performances before members of the British Royal Family.
Andrew's reputation as a performer with flair and innate musicality were demonstrated with the release of his critically acclaimed solo C.D., "British Guitar" and two 'sell-out' recitals at London's South Bank. As a session musician his versatile playing can be heard in film music, TV ads and as a backing guitarist to some of the world’s most renowned Classical, Rock and Pop artists. His wide ranging repertoire has made him a much sought after performer. Andrew is also regarded as one of the countries foremost guitar tutors with many of his students successfully forging music careers in their own right.
In December 2015 Andrew launched his long awaited album "Classic Guitar", featuring many of his audiences' most requested repertoire. The entire project was recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Andrew through his own record label KeepingMusic. This desire to record his own album from start to finish took him on a journey of discovery into the world of Music Technology. With over twenty-five years' experience in recording studios around the world, Andrew has taken this knowledge and set up his own Location Recording company. His recordings have received high praise from some of the most respected producers and engineers in the business for their clean, innovative and sensitive quality. Andrew teaches music technology from beginner to A-level standard, and several of his students have gone on to work for major labels, or set up their own production companies/labels.
Andrew has produced and recorded music for albums in many different genres, and produced tracks for television commercials, jingles and corporate media. His soundtrack recordings and compositions can be heard on television, small film projects, YouTube creators, and title music to promotional material. He has recorded on location for schools, choirs and orchestras in the Kent/London area, and regularly produces and records albums, solo and ensemble projects for a variety of clients.
Since he and his wife became foster carers in 2004, Andrew has further developed his versatility and aptitude in working with children; including those that have learning disabilities, emotional, behavioural, and communication difficulties. Andrew has found recording techniques a powerful tool in helping children and adults with additional needs overcome many of the obstacles they face on a daily basis. His innovative studies and work with Music Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists and Psychotherapists have demonstrated how Music Technology can play an invaluable role in providing a positive and life affirming experience.
With his unique blend of humour, specialised knowledge and natural style, Andrew is frequently asked to run lecture/masterclasses, workshops, and sit on committees and adjudicating panels. He is a member of the Royal Society of Musicians, European Guitar Teachers Association, Patron of ME and CFS sufferers North London, and is Chairman of the Board of a charity he and friends have set up looking into and supporting those affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD Awareness South East).
In 2001 the Royal Academy of Music rewarded his achievements and he was made an Honorary Associate of that institution. In 2017 Andrew was awarded a Fellowship of the Incorporated Society of Musicians for his contribution to the music industry and 15 years work on various committees including the Performers and Composers Section Committee.
Andrew lives in the heart of the Kent countryside with his wife, two sons, autistic foster son and dog. He and Naomi have been fostering children with learning disabilities for the past 15 years', and specialise in caring for children with autism. He tries to stay fit by early morning walks with his dog and taking part in triathlons!