Many congratulations to jazz sax alumnus Phil Meadows, who has won the Jazz Rising Star Award in the London Music Awards, announced last night (Thursday 11 June 2015) at Camden's Roundhouse.
Phil was nominated along with three other alumni - Leo Richardson (also in the jazz category), Laura Jurd in the composition/ songwriter category and pianist Mikhail Shilyaev as classical rising star.
The London Music Awards, which were set up by the Mayor’s Music Fund, celebrate the achievements of London’s aspiring musicians. The nominees were selected as the most promising musicians the capital has to offer and were judged by the London Music Award’s judging panel, which included composer and Trinity Laban staff member Errollyn Wallen MBE.
Phil also won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award in 2013, and is involved in a myriad of exciting projects. As a saxophonist he performs with the Phil Meadows Group, whose acclaimed debut album Engines of Creation toured throughout the UK with support from Jazz Services. Phil is also the musical and artistic director of the 20 piece Engines Orchestra, a community of musicians who come together to challenge conventions and push the boundaries of creative music making. Their first album, Lifestyles (2014), attracted rave reviews, including four stars from John Fordham in the Guardian, who called the album "inventive and expressive".
Trinity Laban’s world-leading Jazz Department is a vibrant community of teachers of international repute and talented students, intent upon developing their music with skill and individuality. Our jazz students are much in demand, and regularly invited to perform at leading venues and festivals in London and beyond.
Photo: Phil Meadows