Jude Kelly and Richard Alston honoured by Trinity Laban

Jude Kelly (third from left) with (l-r) Claire Mera Nelson, Geoffrey Copland and Anthony Browne
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Southbank Centre artistic director Jude Kelly and choreographer Richard Alston have been awarded honorary fellowships by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Kelly, who has run the London arts organisation for more than a decade, was presented with the highest honour from Trinity Laban on December 6, along with conductor Tim Reynish.

She said: “Trinity Laban has been ground-breaking in its approach to personal creativity and practical industry know-how. All of us want the arts to matter and contribute to society’s prosperity in every way.”

Alston received his award on December 8. All three collected their fellowships alongside graduating students from the London-based school.

Richard Alston (second on left), with (l-r) Harriet Harman, Anthony Browne and Mirella Bartrip

Alston is a former artistic director of contemporary dance company Rambert and is currently artistic director of dance venue the Place, where his company is based.

Collecting his award at Trinity Laban, he said: “I have worked in dance long enough to have seen the legacy of Rudolf Laban blossom from the small but impassioned Art of Movement Centre at Addlestone in Surrey into the impressive and wide reaching establishment that Trinity Laban has become today.” He added that it had become a “vital ingredient in the world of creative education”.