CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr Martin Ennis

Director of Music

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Mr Gareth Wilson

Director of Chapel Music and Assistant Director of College Music

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Music at Girton

Girton is unique among Cambridge colleges in the richness and diversity of its musical life. With no fewer than six senior members directly involved with music, the College provides unmatched support for Music students and, equally, for those non-Music students interested in performance.

Girton caters for all interests. However, the special expertise of the College's staff leads to an emphasis on chamber music, vocal music and, in particular, early music. The College's musical life is based around a weekly recital series, termly orchestral concerts, and the activities of the prize-winning Chapel Choir. In addition, we host lighter musical events, such as jazz evenings and the annual Girton pantomime. All musically interested students are encouraged to take part in Girton's Chamber Music Scheme, a venture unique in Cambridge, which gives unrivalled opportunities for coaching and master-classes with figures of international standing.

Over recent years Girton has become the acknowledged focus within Cambridge for early music.  As its recordings demonstrate, Girton College Chapel Choir has long had a striking affinity with Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, but the appointment of world-renowned violinist and director Margaret Faultless as Bye-Fellow has given a spur to the College's engagement with early music. She was joined in 2011 by Nicholas Mulroy, one of the most sought-after singers in the early-music world, as Director of Chapel Music. Jeremy West, a founder and director of His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, is Musician in Residence at Girton. Singers are also well catered for: Andrew Kennedy, winner of the 2005 Cardiff Singer of the World competition is another Musician in Residence; and Charbel Mattar, formerly a member of the Royal Opera House in London, teaches many of the college's choral scholars.

In recent years several major concerts have been held at Girton. In 2010 a performance of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 with His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, Cambridge University Collegium Musicum, and leading choral scholars from across the university was staged to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of Monteverdi's masterpiece.  In March 2011 the Collegium Musicum and many of the leading singers of the university came together to present a performance of Bach's B minor Mass at Girton.  The major project for 2012-13 will be a celebration of the glories of Venice, featuring Girton musicians alongside the Collegium Musicum, the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, and professional musicians. Smaller-scale performances of instrumental and vocal music take place on a regular basis, sometimes within the context of Chapel services, where Bach cantatas are frequently performed.

Girton College provides world-class practice instruments: four grand pianos (including a Steinway Model B, one of the best in the University), a Milan Misina double-manual harpsichord (regularly used in concerts and professional recordings), two organs (a small continuo instrument, and a much admired four-manual, mechanical-action Swiss organ), as well as pianos for each of the Music students.