Professor Andrew West

Head of Postgraduate Studies


Job title: Head of Postgraduate Studies

Courses taught: MA Music 

Specialisms: Songwriting, Production, Performance

Professor Andrew West has been a professional musician since 1990, when he joined Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers) and Roger Cook (Blue Mink) to form the eclectic trio Cornwell, Cook and West. The trio toured the UK and Europe, playing at venues including London’s Palladium, Bloomsbury Theatre and Ronnie Scotts. Over 350 of Andy’s songs have been published, mostly by Warner/ Chappell and Brumley Music, with some featuring in the Grammy award winning shows ‘Heroes’, ‘Lost’ and ‘True Blood’ and others recorded by artists as diverse as Joe Brown and Stackridge.  To date, his compositions have been used in film and TV in 40 countries.

Whilst resident in Nashville between 1997 and 2003, Andy performed and recorded his songs with some of the world’s finest musicians including Ian Wallace (Bob Dylan), Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen), Kenny Vaughan (Lucinda Williams), Willie Weeks (David Bowie) and Chad Cromwell (Neil Young). He also released an album ‘Sundays and Birthdays’ on the US based Infinity Cat label and produced sessions at EMI, American and House of David including Julie Lee’s album ‘Stillhouse Road’ featuring Grammy award winning vocalists Alison Krauss and Vince Gill.

Prior to joining Leeds Conservatoire in 2011, Andy designed and course directed the world’s first Masters degree in Songwriting. Since then he has taught songwriting students at partner institutions in Rome, Copenhagen, Mannheim, Amsterdam, Aarhus, Kristiansand, Espjerg, Rotterdam, Oslo and London. His students have signed publishing and recording deals with Warner Chappell, Sony and a variety of independent labels. Having completed an MA and PhD in the Teaching and Learning of Songwriting, Andy was commissioned by Bloomsbury to write a book ‘The Art of Songwriting’ published in July 2016, and is currently writing a book on the words and music of Paul Weller for publication by Routledge in 2021.

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