Musicians close to Trinity Laban have been celebrating wins in the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.
The Instrumentalist Award went to pioneering percussionist Colin Currie for his Wood, Metal, Skin festival at the Southbank Centre. In his acceptance speech, Colin thanked musicians from Trinity Laban, who performed alongside him in two projects within the festival. The jury described Colin Currie as “an utterly inspirational musician, a fearless ambassador for his many instruments, and a great curator and programmer, who works within all these different strands without ever compromising his artistic excellence.”
Nic Pendlebury, Head of Strings at Trinity Laban Head of Strings, celebrated Graham Fitkin’s win in the Chamber-Scale Composition category. Fitkin’s winning work Distil was commissioned by and premiered at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival by percussionist Joby Burgess and the Smith Quartet, in which Nic performs on viola. Fitkin’s work was chosen from “a strong and diverse field” for its “mature and beautifully judged writing through which magical sound worlds are evoked with minimal resources” with the jury commenting: “every step fizzes with electric charge”.