Music broadcaster and arts patrons become latest Trinity Laban Honorary Fellows

Catherine Bott Mark and Liza Loveday

Music broadcaster Catherine Bott and arts philanthropists Mark and Liza Loveday have been awarded Honorary Fellowships by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Each year Trinity Laban recognises those people who have made an outstanding contribution to the performing arts and education by awarding them the status of Honorary Fellow. Previous Fellows include John Paul Jones, founding member of Led Zeppelin; Sir Vernon Ellis, Chair of the British Council; and choreographer and alumnus Matthew Bourne.

The Lovedays are generous supporters of Trinity Laban students via the Loveday Scholarship programme. Mark Loveday said: "The reason we endowed the Loveday Scholarship was to help needy aspiring students and graduates to fulfill their potential and become talented musicians.

"We have always felt that Trinity Laban provides its students with a very rounded education and experience, preparing them for the real world and proving very successful at getting most of them into jobs when they graduate."

World famous soprano and music broadcaster Catherine Bott also became an Honorary Fellow in the recent ceremony. After many years with the BBC, Catherine joined Classic FM in October 2013 to present one of the biggest nonfiction series in the history of British radio, "Everything you ever wanted to know about classical music".

Catherine said: "As a past Governor and continuing champion of Trinity Laban, I am thrilled to receive an Honorary Fellowship. Over the last few years it's been a pleasure to see Trinity Laban take its rightful place as one of London's "big four".

"The music graduands of 2013 are off to make their mark on the world, with talent, confidence and charm in abundance. I wish them all the best for the future: they can take pride in having studied at one of the finest conservatoires, not just in London, but the world."

Professor Anthony Bowne, Trinity Laban Principal, said: "We are hugely indebted to Catherine and to the Lovedays for their unfailing support over the years.

"Catherine was a valued Board member, and her work will continue to inspire Trinity Laban students.

"The Loveday Scholarships offer an invaluable opportunity for the most talented postgraduate music students - who may otherwise be unable to sustain their studies - to continue to grow as artists with access to the highest quality of training."

At the ceremony the Loveday Scholar for 2013-14, postgraduate pianist Naufal Mukumi, was awarded not only his BMus degree but also the Nancy Thomas Prize and the Silver Medal. This is sponsored by Trinity College London through the Trinity College of Music Trust and is awarded to the student who has made the most outstanding contribution to the work of their department during the course of their studies.

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