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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, Keyboard Skills and Stylistic Composition 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 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 violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch, engagements with whom include performances in the USA of J.S. Bach's complete works for violin and harpsichord and Biber's 'Mystery' sonatas, together with appearances in the UK at the Suffolk Villages Festival, Conway Hall, Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, and the Wigmore Hall. In 2000, he participated as a continuo-player in the celebrated Bach Cantata Pilgrimage with the English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and in 2007, he toured the UK performing the complete organ works of Dieterich Buxtehude, marking the composer’s tercentenary year. Since 1999 Andrew has held 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 and directing a complete series of J.S. Bach's Cantatas for solo voice. Over the last two decades, his appearances as player, conductor and lecturer at the festival have been met with considerable critical acclaim.

Andrew Arthur appears frequently on Television and Radio broadcasts across Europe and the USA, and has conducted and played on numerous CD and DVD recordings for the BBC, ASV, Soli Deo Gloria, Opera Rara, Griffin, Resonus and Priory Records, all of which have been met with enthusiastic praise in the musical Press. 

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, foreign tours and recordings.


Key publications: 


'A Courtly Garland for Baroque Trumpet' - works by Fantini, Frescobaldi, Viviani, Grossi, Torelli, Corelli, Pasquini, Biber, Schmelzer, Finger & Reiche
Resonus Classics: RES10220
Robert Farley (baroque trumpet); Orpheus Britannicus; Andrew Arthur (director)

'The English Orpheus' - Choral and Instrumental works by Henry Purcell: PRCD 1182
The Chapel Choir of Trinity Hall, Orpheus Britannicus, Andrew Arthur (director)

'Come Down, O Love Divine' - Choral & Organ Music by Tallis, Cavazzoni, Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Bruckner, Fauré, Duruflé/Tournemire, Arthur, Brough, Ives & Quesnel
The Chapel Choir of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Andrew Arthur (director)

'The Young J.S. Bach': PRCD 1176
Organ Works played on the Carsten Lund organ of Trinity Hall, Cambridge,
Andrew Arthur (organ)

'The Buxtehude Influence': PRCD 1006
Organ Works by Buxtehude & J.S. Bach played on the Carsten Lund organ of
Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Andrew Arthur (organ)

'The Trinity Hall Harpsichord': PRCD 1077
Harpsichord works by J.S. Bach, Böhm, F. Couperin, Greene, Handel & Purcell
played on the Andrew Garlick instrument of 2009, after Goujon, 1748,
Andrew Arthur (harpsichord)

'J.S. Bach - Organ Chorales from the Leipzig Manuscript': PRCD 820
Organ Chorale Preludes played on the Austrian instrument by Rieger,
Church of St Marylebone, Andrew Arthur (organ)

'Organ Music for Passiontide': PRCD 818
Organ Works by J.S. Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Howells, Dupré & Tournemire, Andrew Arthur (organ), played on the Harrison & Harrison organ of
All Saints' Church, Margaret Street, London, Andrew Arthur (organ)

'Exsultate Deo': LIR026
Choral Music inspired by the Psalms of David,
Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London, Andrew Arthur (organ)

'Carols from All Saints, Margaret Street': PRCD 898
The Choir of All Saints' Church, Margaret Street,
Paul Brough (conductor), Andrew Arthur (organ)

'The New English Hymnal Vol. 7': PRCD 707
The Choir of All Saints' Church, Margaret Street London,
Andrew Arthur (organ), Harry Bramma (conductor)

'Bach Cantatas' - BWV 36, 61 & 62: SDG 162
The English Baroque Soloists, Andrew Arthur (organ continuo), 
The Monteverdi Choir, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

'Bach Cantatas' (DVD of The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage): OA 0816 D
The English Baroque Soloists, Andrew Arthur (organ continuo), 
The Monteverdi Choir, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

'Mozart - The Supreme Decorator': ORR232 CD
The Hanover Band, Andrew Arthur (harpsichord continuo),
Charles Mackerras (conductor)

'Poulenc - Stabat Mater' (DVD): OA 0817 D
The Cambridge College Choirs of St John's, Clare and Gonville & Caius,
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Arthur (chorus master for Gonville & Caius), Christopher Robinson (conductor)

'William Child - Sacred Choral Music': CD GAU 182
The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Andrew Arthur (organ),
Geoffrey Webber (conductor)

'Samuel Wesley - Sacred Choral Music: CD GAU 157
The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Andrew Arthur (organ),
Geoffrey Webber (conductor)

'J.S. Bach - St Mark Passion': CD GAX 237
The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge,
The Cambridge Baroque Camerata, Geoffrey Webber (Conductor)

'Regal Fanfares - Baroque Music for Trumpet & Organ': GCCD 4012
Anthony Aarons (trumpet), Andrew Arthur (organ)


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Affiliated Lecturer
Director of Music, Trinity Hall
Director of Studies, Trinity Hall
Coordinator, Cambridge University Intercollegiate Organ Awards Scheme
Chairman, Cambridge University Organ Scholars' Forum
 Andrew  Arthur

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