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Gary Crosby receives his fellowship

Lucy Thraves


Trinity Laban awards honorary fellowships

4:33, 11th January 2019

Trinity Laban Conservatoire has awarded honorary fellowships to five leading music industry figures, at a ceremony presented by Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, founder of the Chineke! Foundation.

The recipients of the fellowships are:

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 charity Water City Music. She said: ‘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, bandleader, co-founder and artistic director of Tomorrow’s Warriors, which provides platforms for young jazz musicians. He said: ‘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, said: ‘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, director of the Association of British Orchestras and chair of the National Music Council, said: ‘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 said: ‘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.”


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