AWARDED: Laura Mvula
LAURA MVULA, the acclaimed British singer and composer, will receive an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University at a ceremony this month, marking her contribution to music.
The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire composition graduate and city native is set to receive the honour from the University’s Chancellor and fellow Midlander Sir Lenny Henry before an audience of music and art graduates at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Tuesday 23 July.
Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Mvula said: “I’m humbled and delighted to be receiving such an immense honour. From primary school through to Conservatoire studies, Birmingham – with its richness and diversity – was the soil in which the seeds of my formative years of music were sown.
“The Conservatoire gave me the tools and confidence to experiment and express myself. It’s incredible to think that from this wonderfully inspiring place, so many amazing opportunities have been mine and I have developed into the artist I am today – and am still growing. I’m so grateful.”
Recognised as one of the brightest musical talents to emerge from the city in recent years, following a place on the Brits Critics Choice Award shortlist Mvula achieved mainstream global success in 2013 with the release of breakout single ‘Green Garden’ and debut album Sing to the Moon that year, landing her first of two Mercury Prize nominations.
Crowned MOBO Best Female Act and Best R&B Act 2013, Birmingham City University Alumna of the Year in 2014, and Ivor Novello Album Award winner in 2017, the 32-year-old laid foundations for her career following her graduation from the prestigious Conservatoire as a member of a capella group Black Voices and in the role as director of Lichfield Community Gospel Choir.
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