Performing to an impressive audition panel ofSoweto Kinch, Norma Winstone MBE, Gwilym Simcock and the 606 Club’s Steve Rubie, saxophonist Phil Meadows was the unanimous choice to receive the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2013.
A former Arches Scholar at Trinity Laban, Phil has been working as a freelance musician and composer since he graduated in 2012. Lead alto sax with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain, he became the youngest British saxophonist at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam where he was a finalist in the European Keep an Eye Jazz Soloist Competition. Phil’s musical inspiration comes from the work of jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Joe Henderson and John Coltrane.
The Phil Meadows Group includes other fast rising young jazz stars, including Laura Jurd, Elliot Galvin, Conor Chaplin and Simon Roth.
The £4,000 award will allow the group to collaborate with a larger ensemble of musicians, leading to the recording of a major new album in 2014. Phil will also receive mentoring. He says:
I am very excited to have been offered the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2013. It comes at a crucial moment in my career and will enable me to develop my creative ambitions and profile as a musician, composer and band leader in a way that would not otherwise have been possible.
Now one of the UK’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, Soweto Kinch won the award in 2003 and returned this year as a panellist to support the next generation of rising stars. He said:
As a previous winner of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, I know that the endorsement and support offered by this award makes a massive difference when you’re starting out as a jazz musician. I was thrilled to be involved on the panel this year and wish all the talented musicians who auditioned the very best of luck as they develop their careers.
Also at the auditions were the Elliot Galvin Trio who were offered a Musicians Benevolent Fund Development Award to support their plans to develop a new multimedia collaboration combining live music with film.