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Ellie Sherwood wins Taught Master's Student of the Year Award

4 September 2017

Ellie Sherwood, who recently completed the MusM in Ethnomusicology, won the Faculty of Humanities Distinguished Achievement Award – Postgraduate Taught Student of the Year 2015/16.

Ellie Sherwood with Professors Camden Reeves (outgoing Head of Music) and Caroline Bithell (incoming Head of Music).
Ellie Sherwood with Professors Camden Reeves (outgoing Head of Music) and Caroline Bithell (incoming Head of Music).

Ellie was presented with her medal at this summer's graduation ceremony by Professors Camden Reeves (outgoing Head of Music) and Caroline Bithell (incoming Head of Music).

In nominating Ellie for the award, Caroline said: "Elinor is an outstanding scholar and musician who, alongside contributing to the extracurricular life of the university, has devoted herself to leading an impressive range of community-based projects across Greater Manchester and overseas, while at the same time producing academic work of the highest quality."

Dr. Richard Fay said: "Driven by her seemingly endless enthusiasm, passion, commitment and skills, Elinor has taken her superb musical and educational skills into new contexts within and beyond the university, opening many doors along the way and making a difference to many people through the diverse range of projects in which she has played a significant role."

A summary of Ellie's achievements accompanied the announcement of her award at the ceremony: "She acted as Principal Music Leader for a project working with children of Roma heritage, gamelan assistant for music therapy sessions at the Seashell Trust, piano teacher with the charity Moodswings Network, and music leader on summer projects for children in Romania. As a klezmer musician, she has made a major contribution to the local Jewish community, playing for religious celebrations, weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, organising concerts at Heathlands care home, and performing at the Jewish Museum. She was invited to present a paper based on her Roma work at a specialist conference in New York."

Ellie was also awarded the Proctor Gregg Prize for achieving the highest Distinction in Music. She now works for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as part of the Participate team.

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