Earlier this month NYJO keyboard player Chris Eldred became one of just six winners of this year’s All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group’s prestigious jazz scholarships, awarded in partnership with Yamaha and in association with Jazzwise and PPL.
The scholarships, each worth £1000, were presented at the Group’s annual ‘Summer Jazz’ event at Portcullis House, House of Commons on the 13th July. The winners, representing the cream of young British jazz talent, were nominated for special consideration by the heads of jazz at six of the UK’s leading conservatoires.
In addition to Chris (second from right), a student at Trinity College of Music, Jazz FM radio star Helen Mayhew and Yamaha Music Education Manager Bill Martin presented scholarships to Nick Costley-White, a guitarist studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; Chris Hyson who studies Double Bass at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama; drummer Jonathan Silk, a student at Birmingham Conservatoire and tenor saxophone students Riley Stone-Lonergan from Leeds College of Music and Josh Arcoleo from the Royal Academy of Music.
As well as receiving their scholarships, all six winners were given the unique opportunity to showcase their talent at the Palace of Westminster, not only to Members of Parliament from both Houses who are interested in jazz but also to prominent invitees from the jazz community, including the press, venue operators and record company executives.
The Board and trustees of NYJO would like to offer Chris their sincere congratulations for such an outstanding achievement.