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Spotlight: Laura Jurd

As part our BBC Proms 2021 curation, we’re shining a light on esteemed musician and composer, Laura Jurd, whose new piece CHANT will be performed at the Royal Albert Hall on 7 August.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 3 Aug 2021
  • min read

This month on M Magazine, we’re celebrating the long-awaited return of the BBC Proms to the Royal Albert Hall. 

We’re kicking things off today by shining a light on PRS Foundation-funded jazz trumpeter and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Laura Jurd. Since receiving the Women Make Music fund in 2012, and the Open Fund for Music Creators in 2013, Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most distinctive and creative composer-performers to emerge from the UK.

Laura's new piece CHANT will be played at the Proms by the incredible National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. If you’re not lucky enough to catch it in person, you can tune in on BBC Four or BBC Radio 3. 

Read all about her. 

Who?

Laura Jurd

What?

An Award-winning jazz trumpet composer and improviser.

From where?

Hampshire, UK

What’s the story?

Laura Jurd is the leader of the 2017 Mercury-nominated band Dinosaur and a composer who knows how to succeed outside of the mainstream. She is equally at home writing for contemporary chamber groups and orchestras as she is writing for jazz ensembles and improvising musicians. 

Frequently creating works that present musical ingredients from outside the world of jazz music, within the realms of a jazz band, she has been commissioned by the likes of the BBC Proms and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Ligeti Quartet and the Northern Sinfonia. In light of this, Laura recently received a prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers as well as a 2019 Ivor Composer Award.

Sounds like?

An experimental master at work.

Predicted to?

Have Proms audiences spellbound by her new piece CHANT, played by National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, this weekend.

Must hear?

Laura’s 2019 album, Stepping Back, Jumping In.

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Photo by Dave Stapleton