Norma Winstone Receives Trinity Laban Honorary Fellowship
Renowned jazz vocalist Norma Winstone MBE has received an
Honorary Fellowship from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and
Dance in recognition of her distinguished career and invaluable
contribution towards the development of British jazz. Norma
is a former pupil of Junior Trinity - Trinity Laban's Saturday
school for 3-19 year olds.
The award was presented at a concert on 18 November at
Blackheath Halls featuring a Trinity Laban jazz choir and band and
two local community choirs directed by esteemed jazz musician Pete
Churchill as part of the London Jazz Festival in association with
BBC Radio 3.
As an artist of immense international repute, Norma was an ideal
candidate for an Honorary Fellowship and this announcement will
undoubtedly prove popular with the UK jazz community. The award
represents the Institution's recognition of the importance of jazz
in its curriculum and Norma's indisputable contribution to the
sound of British jazz.
Norma was involved in the avant garde jazz movement in the 1970s
and quickly became renowned for her experimental vocal
improvisations. She has featured in groups led by Mike Westbrook,
Michael Garrick, John Surman and Kenny Wheeler. Her career
highlights include a nomination at the BBC Jazz Awards for Best
Vocalist in 2007 and 2008, and achieving the Jazz Ahead Award in
Bremen for her contributions towards European jazz in 2009. She
also appeared in BBC2's Jazz Britannia as one of Giles Peterson's
influential British jazz musicians and her recent album Distances
was nominated for a Grammy.
Chairman of the Trinity Laban Board of Governors Sir Robert
Scott who was present at the ceremony says: "Norma has played a
hugely influential role in the development of jazz, both nationally
and internationally. It is a joy to hear her singing alongside our
talented students and we wish to reward her invaluable support by
welcoming her as an Honorary Fellow."