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Andy Bratt to judge our scholarship auditions.

Amanda Bolderson

With over 20 years experience in the music industry Andy is experienced in Artificial Intelligence as a musicologist bridging the gap between new technology and traditional Music Theory. He is now Head of UK Music Strategy for Thriller, a US entertainment platform built for creators as a social video community where you can show the world who you are by capturing flawless videos and sharing them in seconds. Once we are back to 'normal' Andy will come up and give a workshop on music production.

Andy attended Hartlepool 6th Form College, a year behind Mark and they had the same drum educator in Alan Turnbull. Together Mark and Andy were the 'Percussion Section' in Hartlepool's Senior Wind Orchestra under the baton of the late great Jazz Trumpeter Gavin Smith, and in the college orchestra, under the baton of the legend that is Stephen Sild. Andy also followed Mark to the Birmingham Conservatoire studying percussion and then went onto the Guildhall School Of Music to do his Masters in Jazz and Studio Production.

We are thrilled that Andy is a judge this year, as coming from the same percussion 'stable' as Mark, no one is better placed to represent Mark at the auditions.