Andrew Lane

Andrew Lane is the principal piccolo and a flautist in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held for 33 years. Born and brought up in North Wales, Andrew studied at the Royal Academy of Music, joined D’Oyly Carte Opera Company Orchestra, played a season as solo flute with the Max Jaffa Spa Orchestra in Scarborough, then won his post with the CBSO.

He has played as guest flute, piccolo and alto flute in concerts and recordings with orchestras including the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North, BBC Philharmonic, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Mid-Wales Opera, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Spain. For seven years from 2002, Andrew was solo flute with the CBSO’s Berkley Salon Ensemble.

Andrew teaches piccolo at RWCMD and runs an annual series of piccolo workshops at Birmingham Conservatoire. Settings in which he has given masterclasses and adjudicated competitions include the BBC Young Musician of the Year, Birmingham Music Service, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Live Music Now West Midlands, and the Royal Academy of Music. He is the principal flute teacher at the University of Bristol.

In 2008 Andrew completed and published a tutor book, Piccolo Craft, based on 30 years’ teaching and performing experience. It is now selling worldwide.

Andrew plays a Howel Roberts grenadilla wood flute with a Tobias Mancke headjoint. He has a keen interest in the development of the flute and has helped flute-maker William Simmons design innovative key-mechanisms for the flute and piccolo, the most recent of which have been adopted by other renowned flute-makers.