We are fantastically pleased to let our supporters know that NYJO lead alto sax Phil Meadows has been awarded the ‘Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2013’. Probably the UK’s most prestigious award for jazz, previous recipients include former NYJO trumpeter Reuben Fowler in 2012 and saxophonist Soweto Kinch (who guested with the band during London Jazz Festival 2013). The award is administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and is open to those studying on a full-time jazz course or in the first two years of their professional lives. The award is made following auditions to a leading panel of jazz experts who look for talent, creativity and project proposals that have contemporary significance and relevance in today’s changing music industry. Phil was the unanimous choice of the panel.
In Phil’s own words:
“It is with an unmanageable amount of excitement that I can now release the news that I have been awarded the ‘Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2013′. It is a real honour to receive such a prestigious award and a huge thank you goes to the Musicians Benevolent Fund for supporting my creative and artistic development. December 3rd was both a nerve wracking and exciting audition day at the Premises studio’s in Hoxton and having seen a number of my good friends turn up with interesting, boundary busting and inspirational projects I feel incredibly humbled to have been successful in their company. The panel of Norma Winstone MBE, Gwilym Simcock, Soweto Kinch and Steve Rubie chaired by Peter Whittingham’s son-in-law Clive Shelton put me through my paces and it brings me great joy to know that they felt as passionate about my application as I did.”
The award is going to allow me to work on an ambitious project involving twenty-five of my favourite musicians with the Phil Meadows Group at the heart of it all. We’re going to try to break down stylistic boundaries and combine audiences through a host of original music on an industrial scale. There’s the commission of a new ensemble, a compositional and recording project, performance platform and educational programme set to unfold and I’ll be releasing more information over the coming months in what promises to be the most exciting year yet for my music.”
We look forward to hearing more about Phil’s plans in the future! For more information see
Click here to listen to the Phil Meadows Group debut album ‘Engines of Creation’