Exciting news for all those who put pen to manuscript paper – or cursor to Sibelius – is that winners of the 2014 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition will be announced next week.
The Musicians’ Company, for it is they who manage the whole thing, will be hosting the 2014 Dankworth Prize event at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama on the evening of Friday, 28 February.
The press release explains: “The concert, which is free-entry, will be a showcase event presented by the Guildhall Big Band; Director of Music, Scott Stroman; Head of Faculty, Martin Hathaway. An integral part of the evening’s entertainment will be the announcement of the 2014 winners of the Dankworth Prize; including performances of the winning compositions by the Guildhall Big Band.”
A member of the Dankworth family will be there to announce the names of the winners of Big Band Composition and Small Ensemble Composition on the night. Also in attendance will be the Prizes’ judges: Tim Garland, Frank Griffith and Nikki Iles.
Jazz programme chairman, Nigel Tully said: “It is a continuing privilege for our programme to administer this important prize on behalf of the Company and the Wavendon Foundation. Founded in 2007 by Art Mead with the backing and support of Company member, Sir John Dankworth, we have seen the profile of the Prize grow from strength to strength.”
The big band winner gets £1000 and the small ensemble prize is £500. Previous winners have included Laura Jurd, Alex Roth and Matt Roberts.