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TL Innovation Award is an exciting opportunity for final-year undergraduates to pitch an idea for an original project.

We support successful candidates to turn their idea into a reality by providing funding, mentoring from Trinity Laban alumni, and expert guidance from industry professionals.

Launched in 2019 and open to all final-year undergraduate students at the Conservatoire, the competition provides a unique opportunity for emerging artists to access professional development support as they establish themselves within one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy. Made possible by The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), each winning project receives an award of £1,700 to use on development, and will benefit from a specially tailored mentorship programme.

Meet the 2019 recipients...

Toby Carswell and Rhys Davies

Composer Toby Carswell and percussionist Rhys Davies’s project, entitled The Public Bungalow, is a vibrant young band of professional artists re-imagining pop music with a fusion twist. The band’s sophisticated arrangements of popular tunes reach out to a wide audience whilst its wide roster of artists have opportunities to record, perform and work on their craft. 

A highlight of Toby's time at Trinity Laban was his chance to conduct the Motown orchestra at CoLab 2018, and one of Rhys's best moments was his week in Madrid studying flamenco music, also part of Colab 2018.


We decided to apply for the Innovation Award to increase the production value and distribution of our work, reach new audiences and create more opportunities for young artists.

Sahra Gure

Sahra Gure studied a BMus degree in Jazz (Voice). Her project, a self-titled EP of original work explores the ever-present feelings of love and loss. Over the last four years at Trinity Laban, she has worked in various bands and performed in venues around the world. Sahra has been lucky enough to be mentored by musicians such as Orphy Robinson, Cleveland Watkiss MBE and Dele Sosimi. Her single ‘Better Dream’ (a track from the EP) was released on 7 June.


I feel so lucky and honoured that Trinity Laban is supporting me and helping me bring my ideas to life. I have met so many wonderful people over the years studying at Trinity Laban and it’s hard to say whether I would have achieved as much as I have had I not been here at this time.

Matthew Crisp

During his studies at Trinity Laban violinist Matthew participated in Learning and Participation projects including school placements and the Inspired Not Tired programme, as well as taking part in a diverse range of music leader training including Spitalfields Skills Lab. Inspired by his experience, his project aims to introduce youth orchestra musicians to the power of music in community settings such as primary schools, care homes and hospitals.


It has been a privilege to be a part of children's first experiences of music-making in my training as an early years music practitioner. I am grateful for the financial support and mentorship of the Innovation Award which will help me to share my belief that music can enrich our lives with empathy for one another and for the world we live in.

Mass Hysteria

Mass Hysteria, founded in 2017, is an all-female collective of 11 dance artists from Trinity Laban (Katie, Monika, Sophie, Marlen, Willa, Nina, Hannah, Lydia, Jennie, Julia and Rebecca). The group aims to encourage female artistic expression and empowerment through performances and the creation of movement works, community engagement efforts and external events. Their self-curated series MASSHYSTERIAPRESENTS provides a platform for artists, movers, shakers and humans to display work, share ideas and give talks and presentations across South East London.


We applied for the TL Innovation Award to allow us to develop our practice upon graduation and establish ourselves as a movement collective, to create new work, to expand our audiences and encourage transdisciplinary encounters to promote collaboration and interrogation of artistic ideas.

James Layton

James Layton studied a BMus degree in Composition. His project, ‘Into the Ocean’, is an integrated concert and recording series which highlights the work of composers who have recently graduated. After noticing that many contemporary classical record labels tend to focus on work by more established composers, James recognised the importance for younger composers to record and present their own works.


A highlight of my time at Trinity Laban has been the frequency of how often my works have been performed and recorded. Every piece that I have written at Trinity Laban has been recorded, including two orchestra pieces.

Megan Storer

Megan Storer is a flautist and conductor born in East Anglia, and has recently finished her BMus studies at Trinity Laban. She created Cinematic Syncopations Orchestra during her final year, dedicated to her late brother. Their first concert in March 2019 – Movies, Music, Magic  – established Megan as a conductor. The concert, aimed at children and families, raised awareness for the Cystinosis Foundation UK, the charity which supported Megan’s brother during his life. Megan is returning in September to Trinity Laban to begin her MMus in Flute as a Trinity College London Scholar. 


The Innovation Award offers a way to make the Cinematic Syncopations Orchestra sustainable, allowing me to produce more concerts in various styles.

Meet the mentors...

The mentors for 2019 are: