Recent Trinity Laban music graduates Phil Meadows and Elliot Galvin have both received prestigious prizes at the 2013 Jazz Awards. Phil was awarded the £4000 Peter Whittingham Award; and the Elliot Galvin Trio received the Musicians Benevolent Fund Development Award after performing to a leading panel of jazz experts including Norma Winstone MBE and 606 Club's Steve Rubie.
The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award offers the recipient both financial funding and career guidance from The Musicians Union. On receiving his award, Phil said:
"This award comes at a crucial moment in my career and will enable me to develop my creative ambitions and profile as a musician, composer and band leader in a way that would not otherwise have been possible." Phil plans to use the prize money as a way of developing his own Phil Meadows Group into a larger ensemble recording project in 2014.
The Elliot Galvin Trio won the Development Award to support their plans for a new multimedia collaboration combining live music with film. Speaking about the collaboration, Elliot said: "The project is based around the theme of 'Dreamland' a dilapidated amusement park in Margate, which was the title of my trio's debut album, to be released in March 2014. With this project we will expand on what we have already created to include an original film from Alex Morley and artwork from Stuart Brough, with interactive sound art and live performance".
Renowned as one of the strongest in Europe, Trinity Laban's Jazz Department allows students to develop their music with skill and individuality. Honorary Fellow, Norma Winstone MBE agreed:
"I am so impressed with the standard of musicianship I've heard in the young people doing jazz at Trinity Laban. The teaching faculty seems to foster an openness of approach which results in diverse and interesting music."
The leading UK charity for emerging, professional and retired musicians of all genres, The Musicians Benevolent Fund helps at times of crisis, supporting artists both at times of challenge and opportunity giving people the extra help they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.