Kerry Andrew is a freelance composer, performer and writer based in London. She specialises in experimental vocal music and music-theatre, choral music, folk, jazz, and community music. Her work has been heard on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC 6Music and Classic FM and on national news channels and is performed internationally. She won a British Composer Award in 2010, and twice more in 2014 for her chamber operas ‘Woodwose’ and ‘Dart’s Love’. She was 2010-12’s Composer in Residence at Handel House Museum.
‘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
‘English avant-folk at its finest’ The Observer
‘Imagine Bjork working her magic on the English folk tradition’ Uncut
Kerry has a PhD in Composition from the University of York. Her music has been broadcast internationally and has been performed in Europe, the US, Australia, and Japan. 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. Some of her choral work is published by Oxford University Press and released on the Boreas label, along with several other individual recordings. Her work for the Joyful Company of Singers won a British Composer Award in 2010. Other performers of her work include the Hilliard Ensemble, Australia’s leading vocal chamber ensemble Halcyon, the National Youth Choir, Alamire, Consortium 5, Nicholas Clapton, Psappha, Black Hair and Jane Manning.
In 2013, Kerry wrote two chamber operas: ‘Woodwose: a community chamber opera’ was commissioned by Wigmore Hall to celebrate Benjamin Britten’s centenary and featured 140 performers aged 8-80 from the Borough of Westminster alongside classical/jazz/improv quintet Ignite and tenor Andrew Kennedy. ‘Dart’s Love: a wild swimming chamber opera’ was commissioned by the Tete a Tete Festival and featured CHROMA. Both won their categories at the British Composer Awards in 2014.
She is passionate about working with a mixture of professional and non-professional musicians. Large-scale community works have included a music-story-theatre work for children with disabilities with Drake Music at the V&A Museum of Childhood in 2009; a drawing and music concept EP for Art on the Underground in 2011; an ‘open source’ web-piece for recorders which online visitors must complete; and a work for 600 hundred young people of the South Riverside Massed Ensemble, the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra and Animate Orchestra, performed at the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.
The vocal trio of which she is a member, juice, won an international Independent Music Award in 2012 for their debut album, Songspin. 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 South Bank. juice celebrated their 10th anniversary year in 2013 and released their second album Laid Bare: Love Songs and a collaborative album with idiosyncratic singer-songwriter David Thomas Broughton, Sliding The Same Way, in 2014.
As You Are Wolf, Kerry released her debut album Hawk to the Hunting Gone (Stone Tape Recordings) in 2014 to excellent press. She has performed commissions on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb and supported Silver Apples, Martin Carthy, Alasdair Roberts, Public Service Broadcasting and Arc Iris.
Kerry has led projects as a composer, performer and animateur for Wigmore Hall, Trinity Laban, Sound and Music, The School of Life, Live Music Now, Aldeburgh Young Musicians. 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 wrote a libretto for Luke Styles as part of the PRS New Music Biennial and for her own opera ‘Woodwose'; she has written for the Guardian online and has written guest articles for Football League bloggers The Two Unfortunates and The 72. She made her short story debut in BBC Radio 4’s Stories From Songwriters series this year and is currently working on her first novel.