Andrew wrote a Requiem Mass that premiered in New York on 24 February 1985 at St Thomas Church, inspired by an article he had read in the New York Times. It was about a Cambodian boy who had the option of killing his mutilated sister or being killed himself. The subsequent death of a journalist in the Northern Ireland conflict who had just interviewed Andrew, also provided a muse, and would be a subject Andrew would return to later in his career with The Beautiful Game. The Requiem Mass was dedicated to his father, William Lloyd Webber, who had died in 1982.
1986 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition