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Jeremy Thurlow

Jeremy Thurlow is an English composer. He studied music under the direction of Tim Brown and composition with Alexander Goehr at Clare College, Cambridge, before spending a year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying composition and music-theatre with Peter Wiegold, and then taking a Ph.D. at King's College, London.

His compositions include music for orchestra, choir, solo voice, and chamber ensembles and have been performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Matthew Schellhorn, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, the Aronowitz Ensemble, Rolf Hind, Sequitur, Endymion, Peter Sheppard Skaerved and the BBC Singers, among others. In 2007 he won the George Butterworth Award for Composition with his video-opera A Sudden Cartography of Song, composed in collaboration with writer Alistair Appleton.

His book Henri Dutilleux: la musique des rêves/the music of dreams is an in-depth study of one of the major figures of twentieth-century French music, and he has also published articles on French post-war music including a study of Messiaen's birdsong style in the Cambridge University Press volume Messiaen Studies. He has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 3, writing and broadcasting programmes about Fauré, Messiaen, Stravinsky and Schoenberg, and has also contributed to the revised New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2000).

He is a Fellow of Robinson College, University of Cambridge, where he teaches and lectures in music and composition.

TICKETS: The Faculty’s series of Composers’ Workshops is open to students in all years of the undergraduate music course as well as masters and doctoral students, indeed anyone with an interest in the creation of new music. Because space is limited, please email John Hopkins ( if you are not a Faculty member and wish to attend.

Tuesday, 19 January, 2016 - 14:00 to 16:00
Event location: 
2.00pm, Recital Room at the Faculty of Music