Humph Trust

This years Humph Trust concert was held at Royal Academy of Music’s Duke’s Hall and was a huge success.

The evening kicked of with 3 numbers from the Academy Big Band, led by musical director Keith Nichols. And boy did they swing! The Humphrey Lyttelton Band then played through some classic Humph compositions and arrangements, joined on stage by Tina May.

The award was presented to Scott Chapman at the beginning of the second half. The award itself is a mounted mini trumpet that Humph bought when strolling down a high street while on tour in the UK. Scott was joined on stage by the 3 previous award winners to kick of the second half. The evening closed with the Humph Band joined on stage by Tina May, the winners band and the Academy Big  Band for a rousing rendition of Frankie and Johnny.

Many thanks to the Royal Academy for their support, the volunteers who help steward the evening and  our sound engineer who came in at short notice and dd a wonderful job.

Next years date will be announced soon


About the Humph Trust

The Humph Trust was set up in the name of Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician and broadcaster , to support young jazz musicians in building their careers. In partnership with the Royal Academy of Music Jazz Department, the Humph Award was created. Each year the best 3 musicians are put forward to a final judging session. Trustees Adrian Macintosh and John Rees-Jones, from Humph’s band, are joined by Nick Smart, Head of Jazz at the Academy and Humph’s son, Stephen Lyttelton, to make the final, agonising decision.

The student who wins the award currently receives £5000 which is managed by the academy.

The Humph Trust is committed to build partnerships that will guarantee a higher level of support and expertise for beneficiaries. We are actively looking to find studios who would be willing to donate studio time and experience to the winners.

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