Biography

EDUCATOR      SINGER

Andrew Ashwin is rapidly becoming one of the most well-known singing teachers in the UK.

His diverse teaching experience encompasses everything from six-year-old beginners to young professionals and other adults, and he teaches in a range of settings, including conservatoires, universities, schools, his home studio, workshops and choirs.

As a professional singer Andrew has first-hand experience at the highest international level. The intensive demands of the opera stage, which he experienced for more than a decade, inform his teaching hugely, and he addresses all aspects of singing in lessons, including successful technique, vocal health and communication and expression.

Alongside his performance diplomas, Andrew is a qualified teacher, and one of only a handful of singing teachers worldwide to have been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM), achieved with Distinction. He is also one of only nineteen people in the UK to hold the Certificate of Figure Proficiency with the Estill Voice Training organisation.

Andrew recently joined the teaching staff at the world-renowned Royal Academy of Music, as a singing teacher with the Junior Department. He is also a singing tutor at The University of Nottingham.

As Head of Singing at Repton School in Derbyshire, he teaches boys and girls aged thirteen to eighteen. He is also head of singing activities at Stoneygate Prep School in Leicestershire, which involves one-to-one lessons with six-to-thirteen-year-olds, as well as co-leading the Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior Choirs. Previous posts include teaching singing at Uppingham School and Downe House School.

At his home studio, he teaches children and adults of all abilities, and enjoys helping them reach their full potential across a wide range of vocal styles and genres. A number of singing teachers in the area come to him for vocal coaching. When time permits, Andrew also teaches privately in London, at Jaques Samuel Pianos on Edgware Road.

As an ABRSM examiner both nationally and internationally, Andrew knows all there is to know about success in music exams. His experience as an examiner of instrumentalists and singers up to ARSM diploma level is a huge advantage in helping prepare candidates for these exams, as he knows first-hand what examiners are looking for.

Andrew was the only male singing teacher at the prestigious National Children’s Choir of Great Britain in 2015, an organisation dedicated to nurturing the best young singing talent in the UK and beyond. He taught all of the boys across the four choirs, as well as some of the senior girls. This work involved helping the singers with any ongoing technical issues, working on the interpretation of repertoire they brought to lessons, and introducing them to more detailed vocal physiology.

Andrew recently led workshops in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire on vocal health and group singing, with particular focus on singing with confidence.

Andrew has led many singers through ABRSM singing exams, and he has also coached more experienced singers through to diploma level.

As a talented pianist he often accompanies his singers in exams and concerts, and he is the official accompanist at Stoneygate School.

Andrew is a member of the British Voice Association and the Association of Teachers of Singing, and has participated in courses on topics such as vibrato in singing and teaching singing to young people.