RNCM announces winners of its Creative Innovators Award

Congratulations to the 2021 winners of the RNCM Creative Innovators Award.

Very generously supported by the Sir John Manduell Prize (the lead prize for this initiative), Yamaha and the RNCM Principal’s Circle, this unique award (formerly the RNCM Entrepreneurship Award) recognises students who excel in creative ambition and entrepreneurship.

Nine finalists took part in the online event, pitching their new business ideas and artistic ventures to an expert panel. This included Nisha Katona MBE (founder of Mowgli Street Food restaurants and the Mowgli Trust), James Sargeant (Institutional Business Manager, Yamaha Music Group), Mark Furman (Senior Director of Business Affairs at Virgin EMI Records – part of the Universal Music Group) and Alice Zawadski (performer, composer and RNCM alumna)).

This year’s winners, who receive financial support and mentoring to help them develop their projects, are:

Camilla Seale (New Renaissance Collective)
Sir John Manduell Prize 
The New Renaissance Collective (@NRen_Collective) is a cross-arts ensemble making shows for Now, devised from classical texts and music.

Olivia Hamblyn (Musicians’ Minds Together)
Yamaha RNCM Entrepreneurship Award 
Musicians Mind’s Together is a charity whose main goal is to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues thorough outreach and support, campaigns and education.

Jose Del Avellanal Carreno (ECO.max)
RNCM Creative Innovator Award 
ECO.max is a didactical and interactive software that encourages and stimulates improvisation and the learning of musical modes through the real-time generation of a responsive artificial environment for players to navigate and explore. #technology #musiceducation #improvisation

Lili Holland-Fricke (soundseeing)
RNCM Creative Innovator Award 
Lili Holland-Fricke is a cellist, who makes visual art inspired by the colours, textures, and shapes she hears within music. Her project soundseeing will be a small art business, where people can send Lili their most-loved music and see it transformed into art.

Congratulations go to all our 2021 finalists, including Amelia Snoxell, Fraz Ireland, Katie Taunton, Guy Beynon, Suzie Qiu and Lucy Farrimond.


1 July 2021