Leeds College of Music alumnus & lecturer in History of Jazz Matt Anderson has scooped one of this year’s prestigious Dankworth Prizes for Jazz Composition.
Matt, who graduated from LCoM in 2010 with a First Class Honours in Jazz, and who also lectures in History of Jazz at LCoM, received the award for the Small Ensemble category with his piece ‘Jig Jag Jug’.
He will be presented with the prize by a member of the Dankworth family in what will be the tenth anniversary edition of the esteemed ceremony which is produced by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GMSD) in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Matt’s winning piece will also be performed by members of the GMSD Jazz department under the direction of Scott Stroman and Malcolm Edmonstone at the celebratory event at Milton Court Concert Hall, London on Thursday 23 March.
“It's a real honour to join the ranks of Dankworth Prizewinners, which include some of my favourite young writers, and receive this composition award named after one of the great British Jazz composers and saxophonists John Dankworth,” said Matt on his remarkable win.
“I wrote the tune 'Jig, Jag, Jug' last year while studying for an MA at the Royal Academy of Music, and it takes some influence from English folk and hymnal, partly inspired by my early musical experiences growing up in the rural North Yorkshire Moors.”
The highly-regarded Dankworth Prize owes its name to the late great Sir John Dankworth, a pioneer of modern British jazz, and the Dankworth family, one of the most celebrated musical dynasties in the British modern music scene.
For those interested in attending the Dankworth Prize award ceremony, tickets can be booked through the GMSD website.
You can catch Matt Andserson with his band Wild Flower live at B-Side on Fri 31st March!