The annual Gold Medal Showcase celebrates outstanding young Trinity Laban musicians.
Competitors are nominated by the Heads of each Faculty of Music Department for their exceptional musical flair and professionalism, and all receive a Trinity Laban Director’s Prize for Achievement in recognition of this.
The Gold Medal Showcase 2020 too place at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room on 27 January.
Finalists Olly Chalk (Jazz Piano,) Christos Fountos (Piano), Olivia Fraser (Oboe / Cor Anglais), Wilmien Janse van Rensburg (Violin), ben leigh-grosart (Composition), Theo Perry (Baritone), and Florence Russell (Musical Theatre) competed for the prestigious Prize with a thrilling and eclectic mix of classical and contemporary music, jazz and musical theatre.
In a sell-out evening filled with creativity and musicianship, post-graduate vocal student Theo Perry won over the judges with his lyricism, storytelling and elegance to claim the sought-after Award.
Theo is a Kathleen Creed Scholar and the 2019/20 recipient of the Elliot Rosenblatt Memorial Scholarship, and last year received the Drapers’ De Turckheim scholarship. He made his operatic debut in Trinity Laban Opera’s production of Thea Musgrave’s A Christmas Carol and recently sung the title role in Don Giovanni with Rogue Opera on a UK tour.
The Audience Prize was awarded to oboist Olivia Fraser, following a public vote. Since graduating with an MA in Oboe from Trinity Laban in 2019, Olivia has since played with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Royal Ballet Sinfonia and London Mozart Players.
We were honoured to welcome Trinity Laban’s Patron HRH The Duke of Kent to present the Gold Medal.
Also in attendance at the were the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Southwark Colonel Simon Duckworth, the Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Greenwich Councillor Mick Hayes and Mrs Gillian Hayes, The Speaker of Lewisham Council Councillor Jacq Paschoud.
The Adjudicators for the 2019 Trinity Laban Gold medal were Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of the Chineke! Foundation and Honorary Fellow and Visiting Professor of Double Bass at Trinity Laban Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, and President of Decca Records UK, Trinity Laban alum and Governor Rebecca Allen.
Previous Gold Medal winners
Last year’s winner Elena Abad, who stunned both the adjudicators and the audience with her arrangement of Freddie Mercury's Bohemian Rhapsody for solo violin, has since performed with the Parallax Orchestra on ‘Bring Me The Horizons’ new album amo which reached no.1 album the UK.
2018 winner pianist Iyad Sughayer released his debut album for BIS records, 2017 winner baritone James Newby is a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, 2015 winner soprano Nardus Williams recently made her debut as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with English National Opera, and 2014 winner jazz pianist Elliot Galvin was nominated for a Mercury Prize.