Tom Ridout awarded Richard Turner Jazz Fund

-Posted on 26.01.2016

The Royal Academy of Music is pleased to announce the fourth recipient of the 2016 ‘Richard Turner Jazz Fund’.

Tom Ridout is in his final year studying jazz saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music. He is also a member of NYJO and is an avid composer who fronts his own quintet playing his original compositions. As well as playing jazz saxophone, Tom studies both baroque and jazz recorder with Pamela Thorby at the Royal Academy of Music.

The Richard Turner Jazz Fund supports an undergraduate jazz student annually at the Royal Academy of Music. Set up in memory of the gifted young trumpet player who passed away suddenly in August 2011, the fund is available for a £1,000 award to a deserving young musician, ideally with connections to Leeds and/or Yorkshire. 

A panel consisting of Richard’s family and colleagues and Nick Smart, the Academy’s Head of Jazz, convened in January to decide on the 2016 recipient, following written applications submitted at the end of the winter term. We are pleased to announce that the fourth recipient of the award is the talented saxophonist Tom Ridout, currently in his final year of the BMus Jazz Programme.

Richard’s Mum, Christine, said: ‘As always, I have enjoyed reading the applications from the talented young jazz musicians. As Tom approaches the end of his studies at the Academy, he has chosen to use this award to produce a good quality recording of his music to help promote his music and his talents as he embarks on a career in the highly competitive world of jazz. I am pleased that, through this award, we are continuing, in Richard's memory, to help young jazz musicians. I would like to thank Nick Smart, the Academy and Richard’s friends for the work they have done, and continue to do, in establishing and administering this award.’

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