Parliamentary Award for AC alumna

Laura Jurd, Alton College alumna, has been named Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year at the prestigious APPJAG Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2015. Now in its 11th year, the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group honour the best of British jazz and the awards evening highlights the wealth of talent in the British jazz scene at the moment. 

Facing stiff competition in the category from saxophonist Jason Yarde and guitarist Phil Robson, Laura joins an esteemed list of winners including the likes of Mark Lockheart and Guy Barker. London based composer and trumpet player Laura adds this award to an already impressive list of accolades including the 2011 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition, the 2012 Worshipful Company of Musician’s jazz award and the 2012 Musician’s Benevolent Fund ‘Development Award’.

Laura studied Music, Music Technology and the Music Jazz Specialist course at Alton College under Martin Read, inspirational former Head of Music. In an interview in the Guardian, Jurd said:

"Martin Read made a massive difference to the way I was learning music. Now I had someone setting me tasks, making me write for instruments I hadn't thought of before. I had done a lot of things on my own at secondary school because I was into music in a different way to other people. Then I got to sixth form and found more people who were into the things I was, and that was a real treat."

The second Martin Read Festival takes place at Farnham Maltings on Sunday 29 March.

For details of Laura’s latest album ‘Human Spirit’ and her current projects, visit her website

To find out more about studying Music at Alton College click here.

image (c) Hayley Madden