The Dankworth Prize for composition (administered by the Musician’s Company Jazz: the jazz programme of the Worshipful Company of Musicians) have just been announced.
Misha Mullov-Abbado who has won the big band prize for his composition New Ansonia. Mullov-Abbado receives £1000 and subsequent publicity.
Andrew Woodhead who has won the small ensemble prize with Sabbo. Woodhead wins £500 and subsequent publicity.
Mullov-Abbado is studying bass at postgraduate level at the Royal Academy of Music. Sebastian described his writing as having “moments of real pathos” in a piece from January last year about the Dave Douglas Mastrclass at the RAM (read it HERE).
Andrew Woodhead is a pianist/composer who is extremely active on the Birmingham scene. Peter Bacon says “if you are a singer and the pianist on your gig is Andrew Woodhead, then you’re reassured and smiling“. Peter Bacon also has more background to the winning piece, dedicated to the late Pete Saberton.
More information about the prize HERE