The Royal Academy of Music has just sent me a long list of “Honorands” who received diplomas from the Principal and the Chair of Governors at an annual ceremony in Marylebone Road today.
There are two categories for these honorary awards: the first is for former students, the second for others.
Wordsearching the list for the word jazz , and I light on the names of five very deserving people from the jazz community:
Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) >
Gwilym Simcock jazz
Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (HonARAM)
Peter Churchill professor of jazz, RAM
John Fordham, jazz writer
Stephen Rubie Director, 606 Jazz Club
Oliver Weindling Co-Director, The Vortex Jazz Club/Owner, Babel Records
The head of jazz at the RAM since 2000 , when he took over from Graham Collier (thank you to a diligent LondonJazz reader for this info!) has been Gerard Presencer (above)