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Alumnus Nicholas Morrish named 2018 Mendelssohn Scholar

Tue 22 May 2018

Trinity Laban alumnus Nicholas Morrish is one of two recipients of a long-established award for young composers from the Mendelssohn Scholarship Foundation.

A reading panel comprising Anthony Payne (chair), Helen Grime and Luke Bedford were unanimous in their decision to appoint Nicholas Morrish and Angela Slater as 2018 Mendelssohn Scholars, sharing a bursary of £7,000. 

Nicholas studied for an MMus Composition at Trinity Laban between 2011-13, graduating with distinction. He is currently completing a DMus in Composition at the Royal College of Music, holds an MSt (Master of Studies) with distinction from the University of Oxford (2014), and has recently taught analysis and academic studies to both undergraduate and postgraduate students at Trinity Laban.

Nicholas proposes to use the scholarship funds towards furthering his studies at Harvard University where he has been invited to be a visiting fellow 2018-19. He will create a large scale multimedia work under Professor Chaya Czernowin’s supervision, exploring ecological approaches to composition, sound as an expression of time, and the material culture of sonic media.

As a composer, Nicholas’s work has been performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, United Instruments of Lucilin, Ensemble Nikel and The Philharmonia among many others. He is also the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize.

At Trinity Laban he was the recipient of the Elias Fawcett Trust Award for Composition and the Trinity Laban MMus Prize.

The Mendelssohn Scholarship Foundation was established in 1848 in memory of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Applicants must be under 30, and use the scholarship to further their education in the UK or overseas.