Middlesex University jazz lecturer Chris Batchelor has been named as a winner of a Paul Hamlyn Award.
Designed to contribute to artists’ professional growth, the Awards provide funding which gives artists the opportunity to develop their creative ideas. Since 1993, the Awards have supported over 80 individual artists working in visual arts and music.
The Awards were announced at an event held at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London. Five Visual Arts Awards and two other Composers Awards were made at the event. Guest speaker at the Awards, composer and broadcaster Michael Berkeley, said: “The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards make a tremendous contribution to art and music in the UK. In the current climate for arts funding this contribution is more important than ever”.
As well as being one of Britain’s leading jazz performers and composers, Chris Batchelor also lectures at Middlesex University, where he is Programme Leader for both the BA and MA Jazz Programmes. He was a founder member of pioneering jazz group Loose Tubes, has worked with international artists such as Michael Brecker and the Jazz Passengers and won the BBC Jazz Award for Best New Work in 2001. He also works regularly with alto saxophonist Steve Buckley, most recently on award-winning international collaboration ‘Big Air’, which also features New Yorkers pianist Myra Melford and drummer Jim Black.
Chris said: “It’s a great honour to be selected for this prestigious Award. It will give me the chance to really focus and develop creative content for some major recording and composing projects which I have been planning for some time now”.
Dr Peter Fribbins, Director of Music at the University’s School of Arts and Education, said: "We're delighted to see Chris's talent and contribution to British jazz recognised in this Award. Chris has taught and worked with jazz students at Middlesex for more than 10 years. His passion and commitment has really inspired both students and colleagues, and helped to put Middlesex on the map for modern jazz composition and improvisation".
The Award of £45,000 will be spread in equal amounts over the next three years.