We are very proud to announce this years winner of the Humph Award is Scott Chapman. Scott is a drummer and percussionist from London currently in his third year of study at the Royal Academy of Music. His musical grounding came primarily from playing in church, though his first experience of playing jazz was from sitting in on big band rehearsals. Before long he began attending rehearsals with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, with whom he has held the drum ‘chair’ since the age of 16. After taking lessons with Clark Tracey in his final two years of school he went on to study jazz at the Academy, where he is currently receiving tuition from Martin France, Jeff Williams and Ian Thomas.
Scott has performed extensively around London including the Royal Albert Hall – where he played in a televised performance as part of the BBC Proms with NYJO, featuring Tim Garland. Scott is an active composer and arranger and plans to form his own band in the near future as a primary outlet for this.
The Humph Trust
was set up in the name of Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician and broadcaster , to support young jazz musicians.
In partnership with the Royal Academy of Music Jazz Department, the Humph Award was created. Each year the best 3 musicians are put forward to a final judging session. Trustees Adrian Macintosh and John Rees-Jones, from Humph’s band, are joined by Nick Smart, Head of Jazz at the Academy and Humph’s son, Stephen Lyttelton, to make the final, agonising decision.
The student who wins the award currently receives £5000 which is managed by the academy.
The Humph Trust is committed to building partnerships that will guarantee a higher level of support and expertise for beneficiaries. They are actively looking to find studios who would be willing to donate studio time and experience to the winners.