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Trinity Laban students awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Instrument Purchase Grants

Mon 12 September 2022

We are delighted that three Trinity Laban BMus Year 2 students are recipients of Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrument Purchase Grants 2022. 

Originally established by the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation, the grant serves to ensure young musicians can train on good quality instruments. This year the Royal Philharmonic Society supported 18 students from eight UK music colleges by providing a total of £16,000 in grants.

Read on to find out about our student recipients. 


Morgan Key, Cello

Morgan is studying cello with Professorial staff member Naomi Butterworth and received a £1000 grant towards his instrument. 

As well as studying cello, he is also a Saturday assistant at Junior Trinity in Musicianship and Improvisation classes. Outside of TL he works with children on Pro Corda residential strings courses and runs school workshops to introduce students to classical music. 

Morgan also plays in the Orpheus string quartet, performing at venues around the UK. 


Olivia Hughes, Jazz specialising in Trombone

Olivia is studying Jazz at TL and is focusing on both tenor trombone with tutor Trevor Mires, and bass trombone with tutor Richard Henry. She received a £1000 grant towards a bass trombone.   

Olivia joined the Aldeburgh Young Musicians in 2018 playing both types of trombone after establishing a musical background on euphonium. 


Dexter Wong, Trombone  

Dexter received a grant of £900 towards a trombone, which he will use in his studies with Professorial staff member Philip White. 

Dexter is the principal trombone of several orchestras and bands, including the London Euphonia Orchestra, the Hong Kong Joint University Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Joint University Symphonic Band. He is also currently performing as the resident guest principal trombone of the Hong Kong University Philharmonic Orchestra and Hong Kong University Symphonic Band. 


Congratulations to all our student recipients and thank you to the generosity of RPS in supporting them in their studies and future careers. 

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