Jazz student wins Gold Medal competition

Elliot GalvinElliot Galvin, jazz pianist, is the winner of this year's Gold Medal Showcase, the most prestigious award for a student musician offered by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Charlotte Baptie received a Highly Commended award.

The annual Gold Medal Showcase celebrates the success of leading performers and composers from the previous year's cohort. Participants taking part in the showcase are nominated by Heads of Departments for their high standard of performance or composition and their contribution to the musical life of Trinity Laban.

This win for Elliot follows his being awarded the prestigious Development Prize at the 2013 Jazz Awards, after performing to a leading panel of jazz experts including Norma Winstone MBE and 606 Club's Steve Rubie.

The Elliot Galvin Trio (Elliot, in a trio with bassist Tom McCredie and drummer Simon Roth) won the Development Award to support their plans for a new multimedia collaboration combining live music with film.  The Trio launches its debut album Dreamland on the Chaos Collective label at the Forge in Camden on 30 January.

Elliot said: "I have been very lucky to go to Trinity Laban. Without the open minded creative atmosphere and inspirational teaching I received there, I would not have become the musician I am today."

The performers for the 2014 Gold Medal Showcase were:

Carmen Alcantara, harp (String Department), Charlotte Baptie, soprano (Vocal Department), Emma Bassett, trombone (Wind, Brass and Percussion), Qiaojing Dai, piano (Piano Department), Elliot Galvin, piano (Jazz Department) and Edward Henderson (Composition Department).

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