Kerry Andrew is a freelance composer/performer and music educator based in London. She specialises in experimental vocal music and music-theatre with a twist of pop, jazz, folk, world music and everything in between. She is a published choral composer with two large-scale choral releases on Boreas Music. Choral and experimental work has been heard on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, 6Music and Classic FM and on national news channels. She won a British Composer Award in 2010, was shortlisted again in 2012, and was 2010-12′s Composer in Residence at Handel House Museum. In 2013, she wrote a community chamber opera for Wigmore Hall as part of their Britten centenary celebrations, and a wild-swimming themed chamber opera for the Tete a Tete Festival.
‘Kerry Andrew makes a rock-steady bass for juice, with wonderful clear diction and a vivid personality.‘ The Telegraph
‘Stunning‘ Classic FM
‘Brilliant, Berio-like vocal effects…‘ The Times
‘I’m so excited about this EP…I haven’t heard anything like this in a long, long time’ BBC 6 Music
Kerry has a PhD in Composition from the University of York. Her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and internationally and has been heard at LSO St Luke’s, the Royal Academy of Art, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, York Minster, Westminster Cathedral, Wigmore Hall and the South Bank. Her vocal trio The Song of Doves ended the national memorial service to commemorate the victims of London’s July 7th 2005 bombings and was broadcast live on the BBC. Recent choral works have included a large-scale work for City Chorus, a piece for the National Youth Choir to celebrate the ABCD’s 25th anniversary, a commission for Youth Music Voices performed at the London 2012 Festival as part of the Cultural Olympiad, and a piece for Making Music choirs commissioned by the Music Publisher’s Association. Other performers of her work include the Hilliard Ensemble, Australia’s leading vocal chamber ensemble Halcyon, Alamire, Nicholas Clapton, Psappha, Black Hair, Joyful Company of Singers and Jane Manning. Her music has been performed in Europe, the US, Australia, and Japan.
In 2009 she wrote and directed an ambitious music-story-theatre work for children with disabilities in a project with Drake Music, performed at the V&A Museum of Childhood; she has also worked with children’s theatre company Kazzum and with the Authentic Artist Collective. She was composer/sound designer on an Art on the Underground project, for which she was shortlisted for a British Composer Award in 2012.
The vocal trio of which she is a member, juice, won an international Independent Music Award in 2012 for their debut album, Songspin, which had also garnered excellent national press. They have performed (including pieces by Kerry) at Austin’s famed SXSW Festival, were the first UK prizewinners at Finland’s Tampere International Festival and have sung at Wigmore Hall, King’s Place and the Southbank. juice celebrate their 10th anniversary year in 2013.
Kerry received a PRS For Music Foundation Women Make Music Award in 2011 to write a new set of You Are Wolf songs, birdlore: murders, charms and murmurations, which she is currently performing. She is currently recording her debut album with producer/remixer/collaborator) (Camille, Fever Ray, Nico Muhly, Nitin Sawhney, Gaggle) MaJiKer.
Kerry is passionate about music education and outreach and has led projects as a composer, performer and animateur for Wigmore Hall, Trinity Laban, Sound and Music, The School of Life, Live Music Now, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Education and Sing Up. She teaches composition and musicianship at Junior Trinity, is a Key Tutor on the Sound and Music Summer School and has taught in many academic institutions in the UK.
Kerry is an avid writer and poet who keeps two blogs: one on her cultural life and another on lower League football. She has written for the Guardian online and writes guest articles for Football League bloggers The Two Unfortunates and The 72.