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.
An Award-winning jazz trumpet composer and improviser.
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.
An experimental master at work.
Have Proms audiences spellbound by her new piece CHANT, played by National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, this weekend.
Laura’s 2019 album, Stepping Back, Jumping In.
Photo by Dave Stapleton