Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton

Dr Andrew Fisher 

Associate Professor of Music, Head of Commercial Composition

Dr Andrew Fisher's photo
Related links
Personal homepage

Dr Andrew Fisher is an Associate Professor in Music at the University of Southampton.

I am Head of Commercial Composition, which means I deliver the undergraduate and postgraduate modules relating to ‘commercial’ composition along with my other colleagues in the composition faculty. Over the years I have taught film music, musical theatre, songwriting and video games music to undergraduate and/ or postgraduates. My door is always open to students and I am often asked advice about how to get into these industries. The best part of my job is enabling students to realise their potential and to see them pursue their dreams as they become professional composers and performers.

I studied for my undergraduate degree at the University of York, my masters at The Royal College of Music and my PhD at the University of Southampton. I joined the faculty here in 2004 and have also taught undergraduate modules in popular culture and composition technique: Jazz Theory, Jazz techniques, Composition Workshop and Portfolio, and Orchestration and Arranging. I have also served as Head of Jazz and Pop, Senior Tutor and Head of Outreach.

As a composer I mainly work in musical theatre, film, video games, and jazz and pop. I’m also an orchestrator and arranger, and as such have worked on EMMY winning and BAFTA, EMMY and Golden Globe nominated projects, and have dabbled as a jazz pianist and as a player on the improvised comedy circuit.

Research interests

Musical Theatre Composition
Film Music Composition

Affiliate research group

Composition and Music Technology

Sort via:TypeorYear

Recent Musical Theatre credits include Girl In a Crisis (Crazy Coqs) with Lorna Want, Alphabet Soup (Nuffield Theatre), The Weird Little World of William Willow (Omnibus), Dido (Soho Theatre) with Emma Williams, Jazzed Tales (Greenwich Theatre), Billy Bow (Leicester Curve), A Face in the Crowd (Greenwich Theatre) and Alice in Wonderland (Jack Lyons Concert Hall). I have also released two jazz CDs with 33jazz records, and Girl In a Crisis was recently released with SimG Productions.

Film credits include orchestrations for the hit movies Attack the Block (Channel 4 Films), Mr Bean’s Holiday (Working Title), A Mighty Heart (Plan B, Vantage Films), Wild Child (Working Title), Burke and Hare (Ealing Studios), Glorious 39 (Working Title), The Dinosaur Project (Moonlighting Films) Face of an Angel (BBC Films) and The Wedding Guest (Stage 6 films).

TV credits include orchestrations for Howard Goodall’s EMMY winning score to Into the Storm (HBO), Superstorm (BBC), Robin Hood (BBC), Richard Blair Oliphant’s scores to Moonshot (History Channel) and the 2010 (and subsequent) General Election Theme for the BBC.

In addition, I have composed the score to two video games, Age of Heroes and Guardians of Ancora, the TV short film Apples and Oranges (Coming up, Channel 4) and have co-composed with Steven Parsons the scores to the motion pictures Nine Miles Down (Silverback Films) and Journal of a Contract Killer (MJ Films). I have also provided additional composition for Richard Blair Oliphant’s scores to Life of Earth (Smithsonian), Rocket Men (Sony), Last Days of the Dinosaurs (Dangerous), the Discovery Channel series How the Universe Works and How the Universe Works 2, as well as The Great Barrier Reef for the BBC. Other credits in pop include orchestration for the Spice Girls World Tour.

Dr Andrew Fisher
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Dr Andrew Fisher's personal home page
Share this profile Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this on Weibo
Privacy Settings