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Dr Andy Ingamells

Andy Ingamells is an experimental musician who develops unusual methods of composition that blur the line between composer and performer. He has dispersed brief instructions via the internet to be interpreted and performed in over 30 different countries during a single day, played gold-painted pianos filled with buckets of red wallpaper paste, been tickled by improvisors playing his ticklish body as an instrument, and completed a marathon five-day performance-journey across Europe inspired by organ music.

His work has been performed in the National Portrait Gallery, the Handel & Hendrix House Museum and Café Oto in London, the Orgelpark and Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Lapidarium of Kings in Copenhagen, Walled City Festival in Derry, Wunderbar Festival in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Cheltenham International Music Festival.

Andy is a graduate of the Master Artistic Research programme at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and completed his bachelor study at Birmingham Conservatoire, winning the BMus Prize and the Orchestral Composition Prize, in addition to the Composition Department Prize for his destructive Piano Recital. He has recently completed a PhD supported by the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, with the aim of his research being to develop an expanded compositional practice that can serve as a blueprint to equip composer-performers with invaluable skills to question existing orthodoxies within a changing music world.