Musicians in Residence

Girton’s musical life is enriched by the involvement of three high-profile Musicians in Residence: Andrew Kennedy, Nicholas Mulroy and Jeremy West. All contribute regularly to concerts in college, and both are heavily engaged in coaching students for concerts, examinations and auditions, an activity that they share with the other members of Girton's Music staff.

Andrew Kennedy

Andrew is a celebrated tenor. He has won numerous awards including the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Recital Prize. He studied at King's College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music in London. He was a member of the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Passionate about song repertoire, Andrew gives numerous recitals in Europe and the UK and appears regularly with the pianists Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles, Iain Burnside and Malcolm Martineau.

His operatic roles include Tamino in The Magic Flute (English National Opera); Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal Opera, Covent Garden); Jacquino in Fidelio (Glyndebourne Festival); Ferrando in Così fan tutte (Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore (Opera North); Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress (La Scala, La Monnaie and Opéra de Lyon and released on DVD); Vere in Billy Budd (for his Houston Grand Opera debut), Tito in La Clemenza di Tito (Opéra de Lyon), Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Opéra National de Lyon), Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw (Houston Grand Opera), Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Welsh National Opera), Flamand in Capriccio (Grange Park Opera), Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia for Den Norske Opera and Max in Der Freischütz for Opéra Comique, Paris under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Concert engagements include Francesco in Benvenuto Cellini and Mozart's Requiem for the LSO/Sir Colin Davis (recorded for the LSO Live); Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress (Stresa Festival/Noseda), Orfeo in Haydn's Orfeo e Euridice (Boston Handel and Haydn Society/Norrington);  Finzi's Intimations of Immortality (BBCSO/Daniel); Bach's St. Matthew Passion (Netherlands Philharmonic/Colin Davis); and Podesta in La Finta Giardiniera (AAM/Egarr).  Performances of Britten include Nocturne (BBC National Orchestra of Wales), Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (CBSO, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and at the BBC Proms with the Nash Ensemble/Edward Gardner) and Les Illuminations (Edinburgh Festival).

Andrew was Acting Director of Chapel Music and Assistant Director of College Music for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Nicholas Mulroy

Nick was first drawn to Girton by the quality of the other musical teaching personnel, thinking that if they worked here, the College must have something really rather special going on.

He is a professional tenor, singing throughout Europe and beyond, as a soloist with some of the music world's leading conductors and orchestras.

Previously, Nick directed Girton's Chapel Choir (2011-2014), which deputise for Cathedral Choirs around the country - visiting Canterbury, York and Lichfield and the Choir toured abroad once a year. He also played an active role in College music, and collaborated with the other musicians, to provide Girton with a rich and varied a musical landscape.

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Jeremy West

Jeremy has a distinguished playing career which has taken him to 28 countries. He is a founder member of His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts – the leading ensemble of its kind – and is Principal Wind Player with the Gabrieli Consort and Players for their earlier repertoire. He has more than 60 recordings to his credit.

He teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in their Historic Performance and Brass departments.  In his spare time he plays Eb Horn – an instrument about which he is passionate – for the City of Cambridge Brass Band.

Since the mid 1970s, he has been an evangelist for the cornett (the often-overlooked wind instrument which was held in highest esteem during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries). He played a leading role in re-establishing this instrument as a recognised and accepted virtuoso and ensemble instrument, and he now has thirty-five years of top-class playing and recording experience with many of Europe's leading renaissance and early baroque ensembles. Jeremy has on several occasions been acclaimed a 'pioneer' of his instrument.

Since 1991 Jeremy has directed the instrument-making workshops of the late Christopher Monk. These workshops are devoted to the research, development, reproduction and world-wide distribution of all instruments in the cornett and serpent families.  Examples of the workshop's output, and in particular the extraordinarily popular resin cornett – an instrument which has inspired and enabled the majority of today's players – may be found from New York to New Zealand, Scandinavia to South America.

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