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Andrew Keeping

Council member

Andrew Keeping’s reputation as one of the country’s most notable guitarists, teachers and pioneers of the instrument has led him to all corners of the planet, working with some of the finest musicians, composers, musicologists, and institutions. He is a much sought-after performer, producer, speaker, and lecturer and is a regular favourite of the British Royal Family.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London. His reputation as a performer with flair and innate musicality were first demonstrated with the release of his critically acclaimed solo CD, British Guitar and two 'sell-out' recitals at London's Southbank Centre. He has appeared at venues worldwide including broadcasts on both radio and television. 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 illustrious rock and pop artists.

Andrew’s close affinity to the works of British composers has not only led him to champion major contemporary works, but also encourage composers to write for the instrument. His articles and interviews have been published by a variety of musical press.

In December 2015 Andrew launched his album Classic Guitar. The entire project was recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered by Andrew. 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 recording company. Andrew has produced and recorded music for albums in many different genres, and produced tracks for films, television, radio & corporate media. Following a collaboration with past student and award-winning film maker Max Blustin (New Planet Film & Media) Andrew set up a film and media sister company KeepingMedia.

As an accomplished and experienced guitar tutor, many of Andrew's students have successfully forged music careers in their own right. He has lectured at many music establishments around the globe, worked as visiting Professor and Lecturer at the London College of Music/University of West London and as peripatetic guitar teacher in a variety of schools. 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. His 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. In 2018 Andrew helped set up the Charity FASD Awareness, supporting individuals and families living with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders. As CEO of the organisation, he promotes their national #BeAware campaign influencing government policy and hosts FASD online friendship groups, support groups and their popular monthly webinar series.

In 2001 the Royal Academy of Music rewarded his achievements, and he was made an Honorary Associate of that institution. In 2017 Andrew became a Fellow of the ISM.