Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Music
Director of Music, Trinity Hall
Director of Studies, Trinity Hall
Andrew Arthur is Fellow, Director of Studies and Director of Music at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music.
He read Music at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he was also Organ Scholar, studying with Nicolas Kynaston, Jacques van Oortmerssen and Geoffrey Webber. During this time as an undergraduate he also served regularly as a volunteer lay-clerk in the chapel choir of St John’s College under Christopher Robinson. In 1997, upon graduating from Caius, he was appointed Acting Precentor of the College.
Andrew Arthur now lectures and examines regularly for the Faculty of Music. His principal research – led by his performing interests – has focussed upon English music of the Restoration period and North German music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He teaches Harmony and Counterpoint and provides regular seminars, master classes and one-to-one coaching in conducting and historically informed keyboard playing. He is Coordinator of the Cambridge University Intercollegiate Organ Scholarship Scheme and Chairman of the Cambridge Organ Scholars’ Forum which runs a series of master classes for Organ Scholars across the University. He also sits, ex officio, on the committee of the Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies.
Alongside his busy University schedule, Andrew Arthur is highly regarded on the concert platform and has appeared at many prestigious international festivals. An acknowledged specialist in the music of the Baroque and Classical periods, he currently holds the positions of Associate Director of The Hanover Band, Principal Conductor of the Euterpe Baroque Consort based in Belgium and Musical Director of his own period-instrument ensemble and vocal consort, Orpheus Britannicus.
In addition to his work as a choral and orchestral conductor, Andrew maintains a passionate commitment to keyboard playing – his solo engagements encompassing organ, harpsichord and fortepiano literature. Alongside his regular appearances as a recitalist and concerto soloist, he remains in great demand as a continuo player with several of London’s leading period-instrument ensembles. He has also worked regularly in partnership with the eminent baroque violinists Elizabeth Wallfisch and Theresa Caudle. Andrew holds the position of Principal Organist & Harpsichordist at the renowned Carmel Bach Festival in California where he also sits on the Committee of Artistic Directors and is currently involved in performing a complete cycle of J.S. Bach’s organ works.
Andrew Arthur appears frequently on Television and Radio broadcasts across Europe and the USA, and has played on numerous CD and DVD recordings for the BBC, ASV, Soli Deo Gloria, Opera Rara, Griffin and Priory Records, all of which have been met with enthusiastic praise in the musical Press. In 2007, he toured the UK performing the complete organ works of Dieterich Buxtehude, marking the composer’s tercentenary year. As a conclusion to this tour, he recorded a double-CD entitled ‘The Buxtehude Influence’ – the first recording to be made on the fine Danish organ by Carsten Lund at Trinity Hall. He has also recently released a solo harpsichord CD recorded on the college’s brilliant new harpsichord by Andrew Garlick, after Goujon, 1748.
Alongside his busy concert and teaching schedule, Andrew has maintained a life-long commitment to liturgical music, an interest nurtured initially through his early training as a Cathedral chorister and subsequently as organ scholar and Acting Precentor at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and as deputy Lay-Clerk at St John's College, Cambridge. He has since held the positions of Associate Director of Music at the world-famous Butterfield Church of All Saints, Margaret Street and Deputy Master of Music of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London. At present, he works throughout the academic year training the Organ Scholars and conducting the Chapel Choir at Trinity Hall with whom, in addition to their regular schedule of services in the College Chapel, he undertakes a number of concerts and foreign tours.
Departments and Institutes
- Trinity Hall:
- Fellow, Director of College & Chapel Music and Director of Studies in Music