Monday, 25 February 2013 11:06

Worshipful Company of Musicians announces 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition

Written by  Administrator

Jazz Services has received the following press release from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, who have anounced the winner of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition.


2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition

Saturday February 16th at Kings Place, London

The Worshipful Company of Musicians is pleased to administer this exciting award which it co-funds with the Wavendon Foundation.

It was within the context of a gig by the Royal Academy of Music's Big Band that this year's Dankworth Prizes for Jazz Composition were announced and presented to a capacity audience at London's Kings Place arts complex. The Big Band, ably conducted and compered by their MD Nick Smart and bassist/educator Alec Dankworth played two sets of music by the great British musician, composer and band-leader Sir John Dankworth. John Dankworth's writing spanned sixty years and a taste of his compositions both for the "Seven" as well as Big Band were skilfully performed by students from the Royal Academy's jazz programmes. It is appropriate, that the Awards were presented at a gig performed by the RAM Big Band, Sir John being an alumnus of the Academy.

The Prize for small band composition was awarded by Emily Dankworth to Tom Green for his composition for seven-piece band Equilibrium. Tom is a postgraduate trombonist currently on the jazz course at the Royal Academy. Prior to the presentation, Leslie East, Chairman of the Musicians' Company's Jazz Programme thanked Art Mead for his inspiration and vision in instigating the Awards in 2007.

The large ensemble Prize was awarded in the second half of the evening by Jacqui Dankworth but not before renowned jazz educator Frank Griffith said a few words about the standard of the compositions submitted to the judges . The Award went to Australian Daniel Thorne for his rhythmically and tonally complex Neverever.

One undoubted highlight of the evening was Dame Cleo Laine singing from her husband's noted selection Shakespeare and All That Jazz. Cleo's appearance and tenacious performance belied her eighty-five years of age!

Diary Date!

Musicians' Company Prize Gig for Young Jazz Musician 2012

Laura Jurd and ensemble

Sunday 19th May 2013 at Pizza Express, Dean Street, London W1

Notes for Editors

The Dankworth Prize judges are Frank Griffith, Tim Garland & Nikki Iles. The Prize was instigated by British businessman, bass player and jazz enthusiast, Art Mead in 2007. The Prize has been administered by the Worshipful Company of Musicians since 2011.

Previous winners are:

2008 James Hamilton (Leeds) Big Band. Nicky Jacques (Birmingham) Small Band

2009 James Beckwith (Leeds) Big Band. Matt Roberts (Leeds) Small Band

2010 Matt Roberts (Trinity) Big Band. Yuriy Galkin (RAM) Small Band

2011 Laura Jurd (Trinity Laban) Big Band. Alex Roth (RAM) Small Band

2012 James Opstad (RAM) Big Band. No competition for Small Band Composition

The Worshipful Company of Musicians is one of the ancient livery companies (guilds) of the City of London. The Company is able to trace its roots back to 1380 and was given its first charter in the year 1500. The Musicians’ Company encourages, supports and promotes musical performance to the highest professional standards. It is the only city livery company clearly identified with the pursuit and recognition of excellence in the performing arts, and is closely associated with trades and crafts related to music-making as well as the education and promotion of young musicians.


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