Acclaimed composer and Trinity Laban research fellow Deirdre Gribbin has been awarded a 2013 Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship to observe good practice in arts groups in Canada and the USA for young people with learning disabilities.
She has just begun the first leg of her research in Canada, and will be spending much of the autumn in the USA. Her research is titled 'Self advocacy through music composition for young people with Down Syndrome', a cause which is particularly close to her heart.
Described by the Guardian as "...a charismatic voice in new music...", Deirdre has featured on BBC Radio 3 and written music for a wide variety of ensembles and media, including two operas and score for Richard Harris' award winning filmMy Kingdom. Currently a Composition Fellow at Trinity Laban, Deirdre has previously held fellowships at Princeton University, USA and Trinity College Cambridge.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established in 1965 to be a living memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. The Trust awards grants to British citizens to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest, to gain knowledge and bring back best practice for the benefit of others, their profession and community in the UK.