Andrew Simon McAllister
Andrew Simon McAllister is a composer and multi-instrumentalist whose television credits include ‘Searching for Schergar’ and ‘Dispatches – Under Lock and Key’ directed by Alison Millar, primetime drama ‘The Secret’ for ITV, starring James Nesbitt and directed by Nick Murphy, BBC ‘Planet Earth – Planet of the Apemen’ and BBC WWI drama ‘37 Days’ starring Ian McDiarmid, Tim Pigott-Smith and Nicholas Farrell, for which Andrew received a Royal Television Awards nomination.
Feature film credits include ‘The Devil’s Doorway’, ‘Hostage to the Devil’, ‘We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story’, ‘Shooting for Socrates’, ‘The Healer’, ‘The Breaker’ and ‘My Lonely Me’. His soundtrack for ‘My Lonely Me’ was nominated for Best Soundtrack at the World Music and Independent Film Awards and won a Silver Award at the International Independent Film Awards.
In 2015 Andrew composed the music for Endemol’s TV movie ‘We’re Doomed! The Making of Dad’s Army’ for BBC2, which was broadcast on Christmas Day.
Andrew spent several years performing and touring in bands before dedicating his career to composing music for screen. After studying music at Queen’s University in Belfast, he relocated to the U.S. to enhance his knowledge of writing to picture. Here he attended Berklee College of Music, graduating Summa Cum Laude in Film Scoring. Andrew started writing and producing music professionally and gained valuable industry experience in LA before returning to work in the UK.
His professional background of composing music for screen includes films, television series for broadcasting giants (such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, National Geographic, Discovery, Sky and MTV), indents and video games. He has also built up a strong relationship with senior Hollywood music supervisors, having had music placed in major feature films, television programs and adverts.