Trinity Laban Professor of Piano Christine Croshaw has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award for her seminal contribution to music education.
A prestigious event hosted by Rhinegold Publishing, the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence welcomed guests from across music education to the Barbican's Garden Room and Conservatory recently for an evening of music and celebration. Presented by Classic FM's Margherita Taylor, the awards were sponsored by Classic FM and Yamaha.
A shortlist of over 200 nominations by the public was selected by the editorial team of Music Teacher magazine, with the judging panel including Thomas Lydon, Editor of Music Teacher magazine, Richard Hallam MBE, Chair of the Music Education Council and Diane Widdison from the Musicians' Union.
In her successful career as a solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist, Christine's concert engagements have taken her to most of the major concert halls of the UK and Europe, including the Wigmore Hall. She has been a professor of piano, chamber music and accompaniment at Trinity Laban since the late 1970s where she continued her studies to become a qualified Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). Christine holds regular NLP classes to aid students in areas such as stage fright, practicing and sight reading.
Director of Trinity Laban's Faculty of Music, Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, said: "I am truly delighted that Christine's inspirational teaching has been recognised in this way by the wider music community and by Music Teacher magazine.
"Christine's contribution to teaching at Trinity Laban has, over many years now, transformed the lives of the students with whom she has worked, many of whom have gone on to eminent careers in the profession yet who still look to her for continued inspiration and renewal today."
The judging panel said: "Christine is described by her students as a 'magical musician who is always ready with the right words'. An outstanding performer and master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming, Christine is known for her total commitment to helping others build the technical tools and mental strength to flourish as musicians."
MMus alumnus and past student of Christine's, Andrew Matthews-Owen, was there to see his mentor be celebrated by the industry:
"Typically Christine returned to the table bemused by all the attention, and asked for my assurance, wryly, that the fact she had been given a lifetime achievement award didn't mean it was time to die. I said absolutely not, to which she stated, 'Good, I'm only just scratching the surface of how we learn'. Her talk on NLP for performers and teachers earlier that day, at the Music Education Expo at the Barbican, drew such huge crowds that she was, in their words, a health and safety nightmare, as people were sitting in the aisles and on the floor of the theatre. She has now been asked to return next year as a key note speaker."
Picture - Lifetime Achievement Award (L-R): Mark Rasmussen, Christine Croshaw (award-winner), Thomas Lydon and Margherita Taylor. Photo © Ceri Wood Photography