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Published: 10 May 2021

Music BMus student wins Professional Training Award

Music BMus student Ben Uden has won the FASS Faculty Award at the University of Surrey 2021 Professional Training Awards, for his ten-month placement in the Development Department of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Ben Uden worked with the LSO at the Barbican Hall
Ben worked with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall

The awards celebrate the inspiring achievements of students who have completed a Professional Training placement in 2020-21. Over 100 exceptional students were nominated by their tutors, peers or put themselves forward across seven categories, with the nomination process taking place last year. The awards were redesigned in 2021 to reflect the challenges and priorities students experienced in the workplace.  

Regarding his award, Ben comments: “My Professional Training placement was one of the most rewarding years of my career so far. Working with, arguably, the best Orchestra in the world and the donors that fund them, was an invaluable experience. It was surreal working for the Orchestra that had performed the original Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones themes and numerous other scores.”

The Development Department at the London Symphony Orchestra manages all of the Orchestra’s donors. Throughout the year, Ben got a real feel for professional life in the industry, assisting the Department with project management, event management, event hosting, client networking, administration duties and finance management.  He spent time working in venues including the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, the Barbican Centre and The Charterhouse.

Chris Wiley, BMus Music Programme Director, commented: "Ben's placement with one of the world's top orchestras saw him undertaking significant responsibility as well as having a clear impact on existing working practices, and it’s wonderful that his achievements have been recognised through this richly deserved award. The Professional Training placement scheme is an important part of what makes an education at the University of Surrey distinctive, and ’'s always a delight when, as frequently happens, students excel in their professional placement."

In a double win for the Department of Music and Media, the Innovation Award, which highlights innovative approaches whilst on placement, that have helped to positively impact a company, was won by Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) student, Jake Dickson. The judges were impressed by Jake’s new ideas, fresh approaches, and inquisitive nature which he contributed to his placement organisation.

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