Kerry Andrew studied at the University of York where she obtained a PhD in Composition.
In 2010 she won the Making Music Award at the British Composer Awards for her work Fall and won two British Composer Awards in 2014, in the Stage Works category for Dart’s Love, and in the Education and Community Category for her community opera Woodwose. She was shortlisted in 2012 for her work Lock Is A Gate and in 2013 for her work Screech. The vocal trio of which she is a member, juice, won an international Independent Music Award in 2012 for their debut album Songspin, she received a PRS For Music Foundation Women Make Music Award in 2011 and was 2010-12′s Composer in Residence at Handel House Museum. As You Are Wolf, she released her alt-folk debut solo album, ’Hawk to the Hunting Gone’ in 2014. (photo: Morag Galloway)
I was drawn to the incredibly evocative words, as well as the sounds of the words themselves, in this Marian hymn. Musically, I am always interested in combining moments where singers have free, individually-sung overlapping material, and more traditionally choral textures. Kerry Andrew
Commissioned by Merton College, Oxford for the Merton Choirbook, a collection of choral music celebrating the 750th anniversary of the foundation of the College.
Salve Regina was first performed by the Choir of Merton College, Oxford in a concert given as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival on Tuesday 8th July 2014 in Gloucester Cathedral.
The entire Merton College Marian Collection is released by Delphian Recordings