Congratulations to Laura Jurd, winner of the Big Band category in the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition 2011. Laura, who is in her second year studying jazz trumpet and composition at Trinity Laban, was awarded the prize for her new composition La Danza de la Selva. Her piece will be premiered by Trinity Laban's Contemporary Jazz Ensemble at the legendary Ronnie Scott's on 15 February as part of a special concert featuring the music of Duke Ellington. The ensemble will also premiere November's Song by Alex Roth from the Royal Academy of Music, which won the Small Band category.
A diverse musician, Laura plays and writes a wide variety of music, drawing upon classical, jazz and folk influences. She has particular interests in jazz and contemporary classical composition, and studies at Trinity Laban with trumpet player Chris Batchelor and composer Issie Barratt. As a trumpet player Laura performs with a number of ensembles including the London Soundpainting Orchestra, Tomorrow's Warrior's Jazz Orchestra, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Elliot Galvin Group. She also leads her own newly founded quartet which plays jazz venues around London and the South East.
The Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition is open to UK composers under the age of 28. Organised by the Worshipful Company of Musicians and Jazzorg with support from the Wavendon Foundation, the judges are Tim Garland, Frank Griffith, and Nikki Iles.
This is the second year that the Big Band prize has gone to a Trinity Laban jazz composition student - last year Masters student Matt Roberts triumphed with his piece Unweaving the Rainbow.
To book tickets for the Ronnie Scott's performance, please contact the Box Office on 020 8463 0100 (tickets cost £15 - £28).