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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 £3,000 to use on development, and will benefit from a specially tailored mentorship programme.

Meet the 2021 Recipients…

Myra Brownbridge standing in grassy field with left hand in pocket

Myra Brownbridge

Before she began studying on the Jazz course at Trinity Laban, Myra Brownbridge was awarded an education strongly rooted in European Classical music at the Purcell School. She is passionate about working in ensembles both large and small, arranging and writing, and is an educator working regularly alongside National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Tomorrow’s Warriors. 

Myra will bring together a collective of musicians from across the United Kingdom and Europe to create Brilliant Corners, a collaborative album of her arrangements and original compositions, drawing influence from the genres of European classical, folk and jazz music. 

“I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be able to see my dream become a reality thanks to the support of the Innovation Award, and really excited to work with the team over the next year kickstarting my career, developing my project and achieving my aspirations.”

Anna Nicholls sitting on outside steps smiling

Anna Nicholls 

Born in London, Anna is a final year student completing her BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance. Alongside her training, she has worked with the Royal Academy of Dance, Candoco Dance Company and Lea Anderson, as well as supporting young people with various disabilities and backgrounds over the last four years.  

Working in partnership with the Harrow Arts Centre (HAC), Anna will deliver Developing Dance with HAC, a series of workshops for vulnerable young people in the London Borough of Harrow. Through the workshops, Anna aims to provide an interactive dance experience while aiding participants’ physical and mental wellbeing through dance. 

 “I am excited for the opportunities that the TL Innovation Award 2021 will bring, not only for myself but for the communities that I will be collaborating with.” 


Sunniva and Emma sat together on metal bike rack sharing a laugh

Emma Greene and Sunniva Moen Rørvik 

Dancers Emma and Sunniva met studying on the BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance programme at Trinity Laban. Their company Back on The Map Project is centred around creating engaging artistic experiences for young people that highlight a wide and diverse history of dance.  

Back on The Map Project will produce The History of Dance of the African diaspora: A Festival for the young people of Deptford. The free two-day festival will function as a museum space, with interactive displays, activities and live events and is designed to encourage local SE London children aged 9- 12 years to engage with dance history. 

We are thrilled to have received the TL Innovation Award 2021 as this will be the stepping-stone to what we hope will be an impactful and important project. We are excited to begin this important work with the support of Trinity Laban.” 

Sula, Roseann and Daisy

Sula Castle, Roseann Dendy and Daze Hingorani-Short 

Tough Boys Disco 

Sula, Roseann and Daze are three dance artists completing their BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance. With their collective, Tough Boys Disco, they aim to make works that are both important to them as artists and that bring joy and inclusion to their community.  

In their project Open Dancefloor, Tough Boys Disco will present the clubber’s pocket guide to everyday euphoria, asking ‘can you take the disco ball home with you?’ and ‘is the disco ball the reason we’re having fun?’ to understand the fundamentals of queer joy in club culture and how to let that joy wreak havoc with our daily lives. 

“We feel honoured to have been chosen by Trinity Laban as Innovation Award 2021 winners and to get support for our first project. We’ve learned so much from our time here at the conservatoire and are enthusiastic about giving back to the students, our local community and to create our own work.” 

Laudine Dard sitting on grass verge smiling

Laudine Dard

Harpist Laudine is completing her BMus at Trinity Laban, studying with Gabriella Dall’Olio and Frances Kelly. She performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestras and is a member of the vocal and harp quintet Levedy, comprised of four singers and harp. The ensemble was announced winner of the prestigious Carne Trust Chamber Music Competition in October 2020. 

For her project Alone, Together, Laudine will commission a female composer to write a song cycle for Levedy, exploring the theme of isolation across ages and continents. The brand-new work will form part of an outreach programme working with some of this country’s most isolated, starting with women’s prisons in London. 

I am very excited to have been chosen as a recipient of the TL Innovation Award 2021. I am passionate about collaborating with other artists and particularly interested in the power of music to bring communities together, which this project will allow me to explore. I am also thrilled to have the opportunity to highlight the work of female artists.” 

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Emily Edwards leaning against water feature, smiling looking off into middle distance

Emily Edwards 

Final-year Musical Theatre student Emily combines her love of performing with teaching and working with children.  

Emily will use the TL Innovation Award to run a series of musical theatre masterclasses in South East London primary schools. The sessions, designed around her own compositions and choreography, will culminate in a performance opportunity for young people.  

I feel honoured to have been chosen for this award and I am really excited for all the opportunities it will give me.” 

Images credit Stephen Berkley White

Meet the mentors…

The mentors for 2021 are:

  • Japanese inclusive dance artist, performer, choreographer and dance movement psychotherapist, Takeshi Matsumoto (Transitions 2007)
  • London-based Polish/German interdisciplinary artist, performer, creative producer, activist, and a Purple Lady Dagmara Bilon  (BA 2003)
  • Independent Arts and Events Manager and co-founder of Black Artists in Dance Joyce Gyimah (BA 2002)
  • Multi-award-winning saxophonist, conductor and arranger Phil Meadows (BMus jazz sax 2012)
  • Primary School teacher Annabel Langley (BA MT 2012)
  • Experimental composer, artist and performer Caitlin Rowley (MMus composition 2013 / MFA Creative Practice 2014)

Catch up with our past winners

Innovation Award winners group 2020