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Alumni awards and accolades 2021

Monday 20 December 2021

Alumni awards and accolades 2021
January saw The Stage 100 adopt a new format for 2021. Rather than ranking the movers and shakers of British theatre, it celebrated some of those who had worked to keep performance alive during the previous difficult year. Acting graduate Adam Penford, artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse, made the list alongside the theatre's chief executive, Stephanie Sirr for their work in bringing theatre back on stage and online.

At the Offies in February Music graduate Michael Bradley was a finalist in the Musicals: Musical Director category for Pippin.

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2020 Award was in March and Music graduate Gemma Dunleavy was nominated for Up De Flats, her homage to the inner-city area of Dublin where she grew up.

April saw Sound Technology graduate Will Miller named as a member of the sound team nominated for three major awards for the Tom Hanks film News of the World. The movie was nominated for Best Sound at the Academy Awards and BAFTAs and for The Cinema Audio Society Award in the Motion Picture – Live Action category.

At the 2020 Spellemannprisen Awards held that month, Malin Pettersen (PMST) was nominated for Best Country Album for Wildhorse.

Music graduate Hannah Peel won the inaugural UK Original Score Recording Award at the Music Producers Guild Awards in June, for her soundtrack for The Deceived. In the same awards Studio of the Year went to Parr Street Studios, which is run by Sound Tech graduates Chris Taylor and Rich Turvey. There were also a clutch of nominations for other Sound Technology graduates: Cameron Gower Poole for Breakthrough Producer of the Year; Jonathan Gilmore for Breakthrough Engineer of the Year and Steph Marziano for UK Writer-Producer of The Year .

In July Hannah Peel was back in the spotlight when her album Fir Wave was shortlisted for the Hyundai Mercury Prize.

The Music Week Awards in September saw Management grad Ed Millett and his partner at Tap Music, Ben Mawson, retain their the title of Manager of the Year. Tap Music also won the Live Music Innovation (Event/Series) award for their work with artists including Dua Lipa (who won BRIT and GRAMMY Awards this year) and Ellie Goulding. Sentric Music, headed up by two more of our Managers, co-founder Chris Meehan and Simon Pursehouse, was up for Independent Music Publisher of the Year.

Also in September, Acting graduate Jamie Lloyd was nominated for Best Direction of a Play at the Tony Awards for Betrayal, which was also in the running for Best Revival of a Play.

The nominees for the 2022 UK Americana Awards were announced in November, Music grad John Smith is in the running for UK Artist of the Year and UK Song of the Year. Also nominated for Artist of the Year are The Staves – the band are made up of Music graduate Jessica Staveley-Taylor and her sisters. Their album Good Woman is nominated for UK Album of the Year.

In December, Holly Humberstone, who studied Music with us for one year, was named as the BRIT Awards Rising Star. The award recognises one of the music industry’s most promising artists. Previous winners include, Adele, Florence + The Machine and Sam Fender.

Nominations for the 2022 WhatsOnStage Awards were announced in December and two of our Acting graduates were nominated: Gabby Broomes for Best Supporting Performer in a Female Identifying Role in a Musical for Get Up, Stand Up! and Jamie Lloyd for Best Direction for Cyrano de Bergerac at Playhouse Theatre. The winners will be announced in February.

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