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Andy Rapps

Associate Lecturer in Music (Musical Theatre)

Andy studied at the Royal Academy of Music and works as a musical director, vocal coach and pianist, mainly in London’s West End.

Most recent work includes: Associate Musical Director for Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre), Associate Conductor for Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre and UK Tour) and keyboard player for Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre), Follies (National Theatre), Matilda (Cambridge Theatre), Half A Sixpence (Noel Coward), Beautiful (Aldwych) and 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane).

Previous work includes:

  • Associate Musical Director for Sweeney Todd (Chichester and Adelphi), Merrily We Roll Along (Harold Pinter Theatre), Sister Act (London Palladium), The Sound Of Music (London Palladium) Les Miserables (Queens and Palace Theatres),
  • Associate Conductor for We Will Rock You (Dominion), Musical Director for The Woman In White (Palace), Assistant and Childrens’ Musical Director for Whistle Down The Wind (Aldwych)
  • Assistant Musical Director for My Fair Lady (Drury Lane), The Witches Of Eastwick (Drury Lane and Prince of Wales), Cats (New London and UK tour), Maddie (Lyric) and Stepping Out (Albery).

In London he has also worked on Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Mamma Mia, Shrek, Billy Elliot, Oliver!, Grease, Miss Saigon, Bombay Dreams, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jerry Springer The Opera, Guys And Dolls, Kiss Of The Spider Woman and Sunset Boulevard.

Andy is a member of the singing faculty at Performers College in Essex and is the composer of two musicals, Quasimodo and Gulliver’s Travels, both of which have been performed to acclaim at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall.

Gulliver’s Travels has also been professionally showcased in London, workshopped at the Royal Academy of Music and was performed by the University of Chichester in a fully staged production in 2017.