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Trinity Laban awards Honorary Fellowships to five music industry icons

Tue 8 January 2019

Dr Esther Cavett, Gary Crosby OBE, Gillian Moore CBE, Mark Pemberton and Simon Purcell have received Honorary Fellowships from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in recognition of their contributions to music.

See the full list of  our Honorary Fellows.

International double bassist and Guest of Honour, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE (main picture, middle left), presented the awards during Trinity Laban’s recent graduation ceremonies in the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich. A Visiting Professor of Double Bass at Trinity Laban, Chi-chi is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Chineke! Foundation, which champions diversity in classical music.

Also in attendance were Dr Anthony Bowne, Principal of Trinity Laban (main picture, left) and Dr Geoffrey Copeland CBE, Vice Chair of Trinity Laban, (main picture, right).

The Honorary Fellowship recipients 2018:


Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE (middle left), presenting an award to Mark Pemberton with Dr Anthony Bowne, Principal of Trinity Laban (left) and Dr Geoffrey Copeland CBE, Vice Chair of Trinity Laban, (right).

Dr Esther Cavett, former Deputy Chair of Trinity Laban, now a Senior Research Fellow in Music at King’s College London and Assistant Director of Water City Music, a charity that stages musical events across the UK. She commented –

“During my time as a governor at Trinity Laban, I witnessed the Institution’s constant commitment to creative pathways for education, the highest quality of delivery, and above all, its celebration of difference and diversity.  These values inform what I do today and it is a delight to be invited into the community of Honorary Fellows. I feel extraordinarily grateful, touched and privileged.”

Gary Crosby OBE, double bassist, bandleader, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Tomorrow’s Warriors, which provides platforms for talented young jazz musicians. He commented –

“I am deeply honoured to become an Honorary Fellow of one of the finest music institutions in the country that, over several years, has played a key role in educating so many of the leading jazz artists that form the Tomorrow’s Warriors movement. As an Honorary Fellow, I aim to strengthen the bond with Trinity Laban so that, together, we can inspire and support future generations to pursue excellence, reach beyond boundaries and achieve successful, sustainable careers as leaders on the world stage.”

Gillian Moore CBE, Director of Music at the Southbank Centre, who has had an illustrious 35-year career bringing music and the arts to the London community. She commented –

“Trinity Laban, which is my local conservatoire, has a special place in my heart; it is such a forward-looking, global conservatoire and an essential presence in artistic education.  I’m honoured to receive this award.”

Mark Pemberton, former Chief Executive of the National Opera & Dramatic Association, currently Director of the Association of British Orchestras and Chair of the National Music Council. He commented –

“I almost fell off my chair when I heard that I had been awarded an Honorary Fellowship. Working, as I do, behind the scenes to help sustain a vibrant orchestral sector, it is a huge and unexpected honour to get such public recognition. And crucial to the success of British orchestras, and of the ABO, has been the partnerships they have forged with our world-class conservatoires, including, of course, Trinity Laban.”

Simon Purcell, former Head of Jazz at Trinity Laban, currently International Chair in Improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He commented –

“I feel honoured and privileged to have received this Fellowship. As a past student and recent member of staff I shall continue to be an advocate for Trinity Laban’s special social/ethical mission and innovative artistic work.”

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is London’s Creative Conservatoire, an internationally celebrated centre of excellence offering world-class training in dance, music and musical theatre. Thanks to its outstanding teaching staff, supportive atmosphere, exceptional facilities and innovative curriculum, graduates are encouraged and enabled to become resourceful, enterprising and adaptable artistic leaders who are able to succeed in the profession and make a positive change to society. Discover more at

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