Leeds Conservatoire Connections Nominated in Parliamentary Jazz Awards

By Gemma Cross

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The nominations for the 2022 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards have been announced, with two musicians linked to Leeds Conservatoire on the shortlist.

Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra is nominated for Jazz Ensemble of the Year. Since graduating from the conservatoire, Nikki Iles has maintained a busy performance schedule whilst developing a career as a widely respected educator, including lecturing at the conservatoire, specialising in jazz piano.

Nikki Yeoh also discussed her career journey to date and thoughts on equality and diversity within the music industry as a panellist at Leeds Conservatoire’s Elevate live panel event on Tuesday 1 February: Music, Equality and Gender: Is It Time for a Different Key Change?

On being nominated for the prestigious Jazz Education Award, alongside Helena Summerfield (Jazz Camp for Girls) and Pete Churchill, she shared:

“It's great that Jazz Education is recognised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG). All the nominees are well deserved of the award and I am delighted to be in such great company.”

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom, and the award categories reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene.

Following the online public vote for the Awards, the shortlist was then voted upon by a selection panel, that represent a broad cross-section of backgrounds united in their passion and knowledge of jazz. The winners, chosen by judging members of the APPJAG, will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 5 July at PizzaExpress Live, Holborn.

Access the full list of nominations for the 2022 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Find out more about studying Jazz at Leeds Conservatoire

Read about Leeds Junior Conservatoire’s involvement in Jazz Camp for Girls

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