Trinity Laban's Westgate Wind Quintet is one of the winners of this year's June Emerson Wind Music (JEWM) 2013 Launchpad Prize.
The Westgate Wind Quintet is made up of flautist Katherine Birtles (MMus); oboist Joe Harper (recent BMus graduate); Christopher Hatton on the clarinet (recent BMus graduate); horn player Hannah (BMus Yr 3 in 2013-14) and Hannah Robinson on the bassoon (recent BMus graduate).
Ian Mitchell, Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion said:
"The Westgate Wind Quintet is the deserving winner of a 2013 Launchpad Prize. These players are committed and serious about their music and work well together. I wish them well in the future, and am delighted with their success."
The Launchpad Prize began as a desire to help young musicians in some significant way by assisting one young final year wind ensemble from each of the major UK music colleges to launch themselves onto the professional circuit.
The Launchpad Prize consists of practical help including a substantial JEWM music voucher; dedicated space on the JEWM website, with the opportunity to use it as a marketing tool; publicity in the printed JEWM catalogues; editorial coverage; free advertising flyers in JEWM music orders in order to publicise themselves; exclusive access to the JEWM shop with use of all music and facilities; and complimentary copies of any Emerson Edition titles which fit their instrumental line up.
The Westgate Wind Quintet will perform at a free lunchtime concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 23 September.