On Monday 11 January, composition student Harry Palmer was announced as the winner of the 2016 Gold Medal Competition – one of the most prestigious awards for music performance offered by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Adjudicators for this year’s competition were Dr Claire Mera-Nelson (Director of Music at Trinity Laban), Gillian Moore MBE (Director of Music at the Southbank Centre) and award-winning violinist Tasmin Little OBE, who praised Palmer for his “gripping and mesmeric” compositions.
Mera-Nelson commented after the event “It was a delight to see six fantastic young artists bearing the Trinity Laban name. It has been a privilege to judge them all alongside two esteemed adjudicators.”
Harry Palmer is currently in his third year at Trinity Laban, having studied with Gwyn Pritchard, Errollyn Wallen and Ed Jessen. He commented “I’m so honoured to have been given this award and opportunity, particularly as everyone involved was truly outstanding. Trinity Laban is such a wonderful place to study and as a composition student I’m so lucky and grateful to have such amazing and talented artists around me to perform my work.”
The 2016 finalists performing alongside Harry Palmer were Becky Brass (Percussion), Ruben Fox (Jazz Saxophone), Emma Lewis (Mezzo-Soprano), Stefan Melovski (Guitar) and Naufal Mukumi (Piano).
Photo credit: James Keates