Kerry Andrew
(composer)

How did you find your way into your current position?

I was a classroom assistant and then teacher at the BRIT School in London. From there I finished my PhD full-time, was music co-ordinator at two primary schools, segued into freelance teaching and animateuring, whilst developing composition and Juice Vocal Ensemble performance work. That has now turned into mostly composing choral music, opera, community music and more, some performance, and some workshop-leading, as well as a bit of writing and broadcasting.

What are your strongest memories of your time at York?

Being musical director of the Kabuki practical project, easily the best thing I did! I also loved working with kids for the first time for The Green Children opera (Nicola LeFanu)  which I also assistant directed. And working with some nice girls on vocal music by Meredith Monk, medieval music, theatre and pop - who became my colleagues in Juice, which is still going strong. Outside the department, mostly dancing my arse off in Toffs and the Gallery two nights a week.

How did York prepare you for your career?

Extremely well, by making me an individual musician with no sense of boundaries! It encouraged a practical, DIY-attitude which has stood me in good stead. And mostly, I was introduced to tons of amazing vocal music which is still an influence.

What advice would you have for current students?

It is never too early to start working on your career! Start gigging and entering competitions now! And make the most of the FREE resources you have at York. Do everything, and put stuff on outside uni too. Learn how to do community music work.

Any other comments?

I adored York and still do! It's amazing to constantly bump into old Yorkies (from the music department) and see how diverse our careers have become. 

Kerry Andrew