Newsfeed: 10 Oct 2011

Awards and Appointments

Congratulations to the Kairos 4tet - led by Trinity Laban Music graduate Adam Waldmann - which has won the Best Jazz Act in this year's 2011 MOBO Awards. That makes two in a row for Trinity Laban graduates, with Empirical winning last year.

Lukes Styles, a composition and musicianship teacher at Junior Trinity (part of Trinity Laban Music), has been appointed as Young Composer in Residence at Glyndebourne. Also Artistic Director of Ensemble Amorpha, Luke, aged 28, was selected from 68 applicants and a strong final shortlist by musical heavyweights Vladimir Jurowski, Andrew Davis and Jonathan Dove.
The General Director of Glyndebourne, David Pickard, said: "Luke is one of this country's most exciting young composers and his particular interest in opera and music theatre, as well as his natural flair in writing for voices, make him ideally suited to this position. Glyndebourne has a long standing reputation for encouraging and developing young artists and this role will allow Luke to develop his skills as an operatic composer by immersing himself in our work, learning more about the creation of opera productions, and undertaking a number of small scale commissions for the company."

New Albums

Saxophonist Gerard McChrystal is releasing a new album, Aria, this week (10 October) featuring the Trinity Laban String Ensemble. David Mellor is a big fan and has just chosen Aria as his Connoisseurs Choice on The New CD Show next week (15 October, 6 - 7pm). Aria is also CD of the week by RTE Lyric FM in November.
Joe Townsend, Trinity Laban lecturer, is releasing an album, Mercy and Grand, in Bristol on 27 October in collaboration with Gavin Bryars' circus band'. The album festures ten songs by Tom Waits, with his blessing, two by Kurt Weill, a sea shanty, a hymn, a couple of instrumental gypsy tangos and a classic Fellini film score. The group features at the Spitalfields Winter Festival on 13 December.

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