Emily Andrews and David Massey have just released a new CD of their own arrangements of British and Irish folk tunes, titled "from the roots". They have always included this type of music in their concert repertoire, but as Emily commented:
"it's a CD of entirely folk music which is all our own original arrangements. It came just from knowing the tunes, and improvising, rather than any written music (very much in the aural folk tradition). You can read more about it on our website (and listen to a track) http://www.andrewsmasseyduo.com/fromtheroots.html. It's also on itunes, amazon, and spotify, if you're interested to hear more..."
Andrews Massey Duo Emily Andrews, flute David Massey, guitar
The Andrews Massey Duo last performed in Leatherhead in July, although both Emily and David have given solo concerts here as well. On each occasion they have impressed our audience with their musicianship and with their personalities. It is a delight to welcome these two talented musicians once more.
Sonatina for Flute and Guitar, Opus 205 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
Grande Ouverture for Guitar in A major, Opus 61 Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)
Piano Sonata No 10 in C major, K330 arranged for flute and guitar Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Andrews Massey Duo
Emily Andrews and David Massey met in 2009 at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2010 they both graduated with distinction – Emily from her Masters degree, David from his Bachelors. David has additionally just completed his MMus degree at the Academy.
As a duo they have performed at many prestigious venues and festivals around the country, including Colston Hall in Bristol, St James Piccadilly, Chichester Festival, Frome, Aylesbury, Gosport and Fareham Festivals, The Castle in Wellingborough, St Giles in the Fields and Tate Britain. The duo was selected to take part in the Tunnell Trust Blair Atholl showcase in June. Other concerts in 2011 included St Martin in the Fields, Woodhall Spa Festival, Lytham St Anne’s, and a special concert including folk music from Thomas Hardy’s own notebooks for the Thomas Hardy Society.
Most recently, the duo has been selected for the Tunnell Trust Music Club Awards Scheme and will tour Scotland in February 2013. They were also selected by audition for the Wigmore Hall/RAM “for crying out loud” series at the Wigmore hall, which took place in May 2012. In October they performed at Kings Place in Hall One as part of the International Guitar Festival. In March 2012 they reached the second round of the prestigious Royal Overseas League competition.
Emily and David play many different types and styles of music, and like to programme familiar favourites with lesser-known works in their recitals. For more information about either player as soloists, and details of their upcoming concerts, please see their website: www.andrewsmasseyduo.com
Emily Andrews, flute
Emily Andrews graduated in 2010 with Distinction from her Masters degree in flute performance at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Clare Southworth and Kate Hill. Emily has followed an unusual career path: her undergraduate degree was in Mathematics at Cambridge University, and she worked as an IT consultant for two years before she followed her heart and became a full-time musician.
Emily is a passionate chamber musician as well as a soloist. Her wind trio, The Renard Ensemble are keen performers on the Live Music Now scheme, and have recently been selected as Joint Winners of the Tunnell Trust Award for 2011/2012. She also has a regular duo partnership with guitarist David Massey (The Andrews Massey Duo) with whom she has performed at many music festivals around the country, and at venues including Colston Hall and St James' Piccadilly.
Emily was selected for the Concordia Foundation International Ensemble for 2010-2011, and was also chosen as a Limelight New Artist the same year (with whom she performed at the 100 Club in July 2010). Emily's "exquisite phrasing", beautiful singing tone and natural musicality have been noted by many prominent musicians, including Lorna McGhee, Ransom Wilson, Mark Van de Wiel, Neil Black OBE and William Bennett OBE. The British Flute Society's review of her performance of the Liebermann flute concerto cited Emily as "definitely one of Britain's most promising young professionals".
David Massey, Guitar
Since his initial success as a finalist in the 2006 BBC Young Musician competition, David has striven to constantly develop his music making and guitar playing, undertaking numerous solo recitals as well as concertos, chamber music and orchestral parts.
As a soloist he combines familiar pieces with less well-known masterpieces of the repertoire. He has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Sage Gateshead, King's Place, St George's Bristol, amongst others, and been praised for "intense and intimate" performances marked by a "remarkable energy and range of tone and dynamics". After hearing him play, Julian Bream praised his tone and sense of musical architecture.
He has an ongoing duo partnership with flautist Emily Andrews who gave the May 31st Music on Thursdays lunchtime concert here. Their partnership can be followed at www.andrewsmasseyduo.com. They were invited to this year's Tunnell Trust Blair Atholl showcase for young professional chamber groups. David studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Lewin on the MMus course supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council which will focus on producing new arrangements and transcriptions for guitar.
His thirst for new challenges and experiences has led him to engage in the widest spectrum of musical activity available to a guitarist, performing in chamber formations, orchestral and opera parts, including related instruments such as the mandolin, banjo and ukulele, in everything from Mozart to Schoenberg, Gershwin and Bainbridge, as well as electric guitar including a concert of pieces by Frank Zappa as part of the Zappa at the Roundhouse festival 2010. 2011 saw premieres of new pieces for mandolin and harp by Martin Gaughan and guitar and bass clarinet by Scott Lygate.
David also fronts his own rock band, for which he writes the songs. There is no attempt at a fusion of the classical and rock/pop styles, although each discipline informs the other in sometimes surprising ways.