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Tarik O’Regan elected as Honorary Fellow

29th August 2017

It is with great pleasure we report that Pembroke alumnus, Tarik O’Regan (1996, BA Music), was recently elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the College.

Tarik undertook his advanced studies in Music at Pembroke. Upon finishing his degree, he had already produced notable pieces, including the vocal work The Tongue of Epigrams (1998) and Three Piano Miniatures (1999). Tarik has since developed an outstanding reputation in the field of composition, having received two Grammy nominations and two British Composer Awards.

He has been described as one of the most played, commissioned and recorded British composers of his generation. Marked by a varied approach to tonality and complex rhythms, his work draws on a range of inspirations, including Renaissance vocal compositions, music of North Africa, Jazz, as well as 60s and 70s British rock.

At present, Tarik is working on a full-scale opera about the life of Lorenzo Da Ponte, which has been commissioned by Houston Grand Opera for 2019. He is also preparing for the 2017 Amsterdam revival of ‘Mata Hari’, an evening-length ballet commissioned by Dutch National Ballet. Visit his website  and view this recent news update for more information about his work, past and present.

Pembroke’s Governing Body from time to time elects distinguished individuals as Honorary Fellows, and the College is pleased that Tarik has accepted his invitation to join this group which also includes His Majesty the King of Jordan, Sir Roger Bannister and Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett.

Tarik O'Regan, Image by Frances Marshall
Tarik O'Regan, Image by Frances Marshall