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Jeremy Thurlow

Jeremy Thurlow

Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Music

Director of Studies, Robinson College

Director of Music, Robinson College

Director of Studies, Lucy Cavendish College

Director of Music, Lucy Cavendish College

Director of Studies, Peterhouse

Director of Music, Peterhouse

Robinson College
Grange Road
Cambridge CB3 9AN


Jeremy Thurlow is a composer, and is Lecturer in Music and Director of Studies at Robinson College and an Affiliated Lecturer in the University Faculty of Music.

His music has been described as ‘seductive, innovative, full of freshness’ by Henri Dutilleux. It has been performed by the BBC Philharmonic, Rolf Hind, the BBC Singers, the Endymion Ensemble, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, James Macmillan, Sequitur (New York), Matthew Schellhorn, Lesley-Jane Rogers, the Bergamo Ensemble, Curious Chamber Players Stockholm, Zoe Martlew, Daniel Propper, Marie Vassiliou, Kevin Bowyer, Simon Smith and Adrian Bradbury among others. In 2007 he won the George Butterworth Award for new composition.

Recent projects include a ‘video-opera’ for voices, video and electronics created in collaboration with writer Alastair Appleton, a piece for the BBC Singers, two pieces for the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, a cantata for on words by Louis Cha premiered in Hong Kong with Niu Niu and Yang Peiyi and recently released by Universal on DVD and CD in China; two contemporary dance works, one with choreographer Susie Crow and one with Isobel Cohen for Cambridge Contemporary Dance’s Light Matter show in December 2009; Unbidden Visions, a setting of Keats for tenor, horn and piano, and music for the stage adaption of Vanessa and Virginia, currently touring Europe and the UK.

His book on composer Henri Dutilleux is published in French by Millénaire III, and he has written and broadcast on the music of Messiaen and many other 20th-century composers, frequently appearing on Radio 3s CD Review. He also enjoys playing chamber music and giving solo recitals. He teaches a wide range of courses including analysis, free composition, tonal composition, ‘H&C’ and various 19th and 20th-century history courses and dissertation topics, and gives a lecture-course on the analysis of twentieth-century music. He also runs the programme for the M.Phil. in Musical Composition.

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