Andrew graduated from the GSA Conservatoire in 2004, where he was the Sean McGrath scholar. His first job as musical director was for the play She Stoops to Conquer at Hampton Court Palace in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex, where he also played the role of Diggory.
He was recently Musical Director for the West End production of It Happened In Key West at the Charing Cross Theatre.
In 2016, he was privileged to work with Dame Julie Andrews in the casting process of the 60th Anniversary production of My Fair Lady at Sydney Opera House.
As resident conductor for The Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra, Andrew has conducted Direct From The West End (UK Tour), A Night At The Musicals (UK Tour), Shows and Soundtracks (UK Tour), The Mikado in Concert and The Pirates Of Penzance In Concert (Congress Theatre) and An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein (St David’s Hall).
Recent Musical Director credits include: Brass (Mountview Theatre Arts), Call Me Merman (UK Tour), Is There Life After High School (Bridgend College), A-Z of Musical Theatre (UK Tour), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Pomegranate), Just A Housewife (UK Tour).
As an accompanist, he has been lucky enough to play for many West End singers, including Caroline Sheen, Janie Dee, Savannah Stevenson and Rosemary Ashe. He regularly plays for auditions and masterclasses in London as well as teaching for the Guildford School of Acting and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
“….terrific talent….” The Stage
“…excellent….” Musical Stages
“…outstanding control of this (complex) score by the musical genius of MD Andrew Hopkins.” NODA
“…vocally impressive cast…” What’s On Stage
“The ever-present and masterly pianist Andrew Hopkins made up this musical trio, unexpectedly taking centre-stage at one point.” Eastern Daily Press
“…perfect support from musical director Andrew Hopkins, who delights….” Views From The Gods
“…glittering musicianship and a polished precision, expertly led by Andrew Hopkins….” Pontypool Free Press
“Conductor Andrew Hopkins … left no one in doubt that this was going to be an evening to remember.” Cambrian News
“…the music, which often has a Cuban touch, is varied and lively and the cast deliver the songs with great vitality.” British Theatre Guide
“And musically, while the songs evoke the spirit of an island infused with the culture of its Cuban immigrant community, it is really only … the performances from the ensemble elicited by musical director Andrew Hopkins, which rescue them.” Musical Theatre Review
“The band are excellent, too…” Broadway World
“…ever brilliant accompanist, Andrew Hopkins…” NODA