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Camilla George stands against a bright orange background. She is wearing a white shirt and colourful skirt. She is holding her saxophone and looking to her left. Camilla has been nominated at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2023 for 'Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year'.

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2023 nominees announced

Congratulations to TL alumni, staff and partners: Camilla George, Hannah HortonAmy Gadiaga, Julian Siegel, Kevin Le Gendre, Tomorrow’s Warriors, Janine Irons on their nominations at the All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2023.

This year’s nominees recognise a wide-range of musicians, organisations, venues and jazz media, who have made an impression in the past year. The winners will be announced on 4 July.

John Spellar MP, Co-Chair of APPJG, said: “These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the talents and energies of the great musicians, educators, promoters, record labels, jazz organisations, blogs, jazz magazines and journalists who helped kept jazz flourishing. These shortlists demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 18th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honour the best of British jazz. MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event.”

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year
Emma Smith
Jo Harrop
Georgia Cécile
Elaine Delmar

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
Alcyona Mick
Art Themen
Camilla George
Gary Husband

Jazz Album of the Year
Ubunye: ‘Ubunye’
Trish Clowes: ‘A View with a Room’
Jo Harrop and Paul Edis: ‘When Winter Turns To Spring’

Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Alex Hitchcock and Ant Law Quartet
Julian Siegel Big Band

Jazz Newcomer of the Year
Sultan Stevenson
Amy Gadiaga
Hannah Horton

Jazz Venue of the Year
The Verdict, Brighton
Jazz at the Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Magy’s Farm, Dromara, County Down, NI

Jazz Media Award
Kevin Le Gendre
Jazzwise Magazine
The Jazz Rag

Jazz Education Award
Tomorrows Warriors
Hanna Horton: J Steps, Saffron Centre For Young Musicians, Saffron Walden
Karen Gourlay: Head of Leeds Junior Conservatoire

Jazz Photographer Award
Monika S. Jakubowska
William Ellis
Tatiana Gorilovsky

Services to Jazz Award
Janine Irons
Danielle White
Tony Haynes and the Grand Union Orchestra

Seven Trinity Laban students practicing in a white dance studio.

Alumni Round Up May 2023

For this month’s Trinity Laban alumni round up, we have a range of news from both music and dance alumni including exciting performances, projects and festivals. 


To start off, music alum Dai Fujikura’s Shamisen Concerto premiered on 25 May, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. 

Ezra Collective (Joe Armon-Jones, Femi Koleoso) hit Brockwell Park on 28 May with a line-up of soul, jazz and funk in Cross the Tracks 2023. Have a look at some of their funky photos here. 

Peckham’s GALA Festival returned this summer between 26 May and 28 May where saxophonist Nubya Garcia performed alongside other great musicians and DJs. On top of that, Nubya Garcia, producer Martin Terefe and Shabaka Hutchings led an ensemble of 12 musicians, London Brew, on their self-titled debut album. 

Cassie Kinoshi’s new piece, a song composed to celebrate the Barbican’s 40th anniversary last year started the concert evening and was “…full of interest and energy…”. 

Guest soloist, soprano Clara Lisle performs Mozart’s Requiem in D minor with Eureka Symphony Chorus and orchestra to end the Eureka Symphony’s 2022-2023 season ‘In remembrance’ season finale. 

Looking to escape reality? Why not give Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience a go?. Composer and producer Jeff Wayne re-produced his iconic score along with exciting new sound effects to accompany the immersive experience. Read more about it here. 

Ayanna Witter-Johnson is part of Peter Gabriel’s new album, Four Kinds of Horses. Here’s an interview transcript between Peter and Urbanista Magazine.  

Pianist Aldo Lopez-Gavilan will be performing Hollywood Musical Classics with The Havana Chamber Orchestra in Cuba to celebrate a new anniversary of the band. 

Molly Osborne stars as Elowen Keene in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Musical, directed by Jethro Compton which began showing on 22 May. 


Moving on to some dance alumni news, Motionhouse, consisting of a few Trinity Laban alumni (Beth Pattison – dancer, Louise Richards – executive director, Oliver Bell – dancer, Rosie Macari – dancer) presented Nobody and Starchitects at Lichfield Garrick on 2 and 3 May. 

Takeshi Matsumoto’s magical world of Club Origami was showcased at Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2023 between 12 and 28 May. It was “an immersive and interactive dance show for families where live music meets origami.“   

TL alum Emma Gladstone, the Rolex Arts Festival curator, collaborated with a distinguished Greek Advisory Committee to put on a vibrant celebration of arts to celebrate 20 years of mentoring in Athens.  

Dr. Gemma Harman, creator of ResDance the podcast, released three episodes in May covering topics like Noticing in Improvisation Practices, and Validating within Resilience. Click here to listen. 

The Royal Ballet and Wayne McGregor’s adaptation of Jim Henson’s UniVerse: A Dark Crystal Odyssey premiered at the Royal Opera House from 12 May to 4 June. Read the Financial Times review here. 

Oona Doherty performed Navy Blue at the Dublin Dance Festival in May alongside other world-renowned artists. 


Coming up 

Glasgow Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festival 

This year, Glasgow Jazz Festival has broadened its horizons to bring on international acts. London saxophonist Camilla George will be performing at the festival. Camilla is also set to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands in July as well as in Stockholm, Sweden at the end of August. 


Cinderella In-The-Round and Magnetoreception 

Sarah Hirsch invites all to two productions in the next few months. Sarah features as a walk-on-dancer in the fabulous spectacle of English National Ballet’s Cinderella In-The-Round, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. 

15-25 June, Royal Albert Hall. 

Sarah is also co-choreographing and dancing in Magnetoreception which will be premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe. The piece explores how people attract and repel one another, perpetuating energy in the same way magnets do. 

14-19 August, Greenside @ Infirmary Street. 


Performances by Ting-Ning 

Choreography alum, Ting-Ning will be presenting a series of performances in June. 

Woo Woolf at Camden People Theatre on the 9 June. 

A Snake In The House Means The Family Will Never Want 內怕有蛇 will be presented at the Offbeat Festival on 15 June and the Migrant Matters Festival on 24 June. 


Photo credit: Tas Kyprianou
Héloïse Werner stands in front of a fence covered to multi-coloured festoon lighting. She has long blonde hair and is wearing a black jumper.

Héloïse Werner appointed Associate Artist at Wigmore Hall

Congratulations to TL MMus graduate Héloïse Werner who has been appointed as an Associate Artist at London’s Wigmore Hall.

The soprano and composer, who has been a familiar face to Wigmore Hall audiences since her debut there in January 2021, premiered her new work Les Leçons du Mardi at the hall earlier in March during one of her two appearances there for International Women’s Day. These performances with The Tippett Quartet and as part of her experimental quartet The Hermes Experiment are still available to watch online.

She will hold the position of Associate Artist for five seasons and appear at the hall at least once a year during the period. She begins this journey on 2 March 2024 in a concert featuring a new work of her own with mezzo soprano Helen Charlston, harpist Anne Denholm and pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen.

Héloïse’s debut album Phrases, which was released in 2022 on Delphian Records, received acclaim from: Sunday Times (10 Best Classical Records of 2022), BBC Music Magazine, The Times, Gramophone, and many more.

As a soprano, Héloïse has recently made her debut with the London Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, CBSO, Nash Ensemble, and at The Grange Festival. She will be singing the role of Madame DuVal in the upcoming production Sarah Angliss’ new opera Giant at the Aldeburgh Festival 2023.

As a composer, Héloïse has written for the CBSO, Aurora Orchestra, Clare Choir Cambridge, Maîtrise de Radio France, London Handel Festival, violist Lawrence Power, bassoonist Amy Harman, violinist Hae-Sun Kang (Festival Présences), pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen (Lucerne Festival), CoMA (CoMA Festival), The Gesualdo Six, The Bach Choir, mezzo-soprano Marielou Jacquard, pianist Kunal Lahiry and mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston, amongst others.

Image credit: Emma Werner
Students smiling and laughing wearing graduation caps and gowns

Will-writing service for Trinity Laban Alumni

Trinity Laban’s Alumni Relations Team is pleased to be able to offer a free will-writing service to those who have previously studied with us, through Guardian Angel.

Having an up-to-date will is the only way to make sure that the people and causes you care about are looked after when you’re no longer here. We’ve partnered with expert will writers, Guardian Angel so you can write your will for free online, over the phone or in person.

You can make your will, free of charge, in two simple steps:

Step 1

Choose the solution for you: ·

  • Write your will online at
    1. Easy step-by-step process
    2. Legal experts check over each will
    3. On-hand support
  • Book to write your will over the phone with a solicitor/will writer when you call 0800 773 4014 and quote Trinity Laban
  • Book a face-to-face meeting with a solicitor/will writer when you call 0800 773 4014 and quote Trinity Laban

N.B. You will be sharing your information with a third party (Guardian Angel) and not Trinity Laban.

Step 2

  • Download your free will, print it out and follow the instructions to make it legally binding.
  • Alternatively, Guardian Angel offer a print and postage service for a one-off fee of £9.99.

Please consider remembering Trinity Laban in your will

Once you’ve taken care of your loved ones, please consider including a gift to your alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Registered Charity No. 309998). There is absolutely no obligation to do so, but anything you choose to leave us will help us in our mission to support future generations of performing artists. Thank you so much in advance for your kind consideration.

One of our alumni told us:

“I have many happy memories of my time at Trinity Laban and have enjoyed continuing my connection with teachers and students alike over the years since I left. As such, I am happy to make my intentions known, and leave support in the direction of Trinity Laban.”

The Sir Charles Mackerras Circle

Named in honour of our former President, Sir Charles Mackerras, if you do decide to leave a gift to Trinity Laban in your will, and you let us know, you will be added as a member of the Circle and invited to an exclusive annual event. Our next Sir Charles Mackerras Circle reception is taking place on the 18 May 2023, at King Charles Court, and we would love to see you there.

Contact the Trinity Laban Development Team

If you have any questions or would prefer to talk to someone at Trinity Laban directly about your intentions, we would be very happy to hear from you. Please email