Laura Jurd wins the Big Band category in the Dankworth Prize

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Laura Jurd wins the Big Band category in the Dankworth Prize
The NYJO band is full of amazing young players….and Laura Jurd is one of them.

Congratulations to her for being the winner of the Big Band category in the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition 2011. Laura is in her second year studying jazz trumpet and composition at Trinity Laban and has been awarded the prize for her new composition ‘La Danza de la Selva’.

A diverse musician, she plays and writes a wide variety of music, drawing upon classical, jazz, folk and pop influences. Laura has particular interests in jazz and contemporary classical composition, studying with trumpet player Chris Batchelor and composer Issie Barratt. She has also studied with jazz trumpet player Steve Waterman, principle trumpet of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Mark David and composers Martin Read and Errollyn Wallen. Influenced by the likes of Stravinsky, Messiaen and Bartok as well as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and the current European improvised music scene, Laura is currently working with a string quartet and improvising musicians, in a project which combines elements of classical composition and improvisation.

As a trumpet player Laura can be found playing with a number of ensembles as well as NYJO, including Tomorrow’s Warrior’s Jazz Orchestra and the London Soundpainting Orchestra. She also leads her own newly founded quartet which can be found playing jazz venues around London and the South East.

Laura’s piece will be premiered by Trinity Laban’s Contemporary Jazz Ensemble at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s on 15 February as part of a special concert featuring the music of Duke Ellington. The ensemble will also premiere November’s Song by Alex Roth from the Royal Academy of Music, which won the Small Band category.

To book tickets for the Ronnie Scott’s performance,
please contact their Box Office on 020 8463 0100 (tickets cost £15 – £28)

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