Jazz alum wins 2019 Young Jazz Musician AwardWed 2 October 2019
Vocalist Sahra Gure wows at Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club to take home top prize
Following the final on 29 September, alum Sahra Gure was presented with The Musicians’ Company 2019 Young Jazz Musician Award. As the winner, Sahra receives £1,600 and the chance to perform with her band as part of The Musicians’ Company’s jazz programme during the coming year.
This is the first year since 2013 that jazz vocalists have been able to enter the competition, with Monday’s final featuring five outstanding young singers chosen from nominations made by the UK’s leading jazz musicians, conservatoires and universities. Among these were fellow jazz alumni Ellie Bignall and Jessica Radcliffe.
During her final year of undergraduate studies, Sahra was a finalist in the Trinity Laban Gold Medal and became one of Trinity Laban’s inaugural Innovation Award winners. The award, which champions creative entrepreneurship through seed funding and expert guidance from industry professionals, will allow the rising star to produce a self-titled EP of original work.
On turning her idea into reality, the singer commented –
“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.”
Excitingly, Sahra’s second single will be released on 11 October – you can listen to her first single ‘Better Dream’ on YouTube
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