Purcell alumna Alexandra Ridout has been awarded the Rising Star Award at the 2018 BBC British Jazz Awards. The Rising Star Award is given to the best up and coming musician under 25. An incredible 5,500 people voted in this year’s British Jazz Awards and as these are the only awards that the take the pulse of nation’s jazz fans in deciding the outstanding musicians, these provide a valuable form of recognition for the best in the UK’s jazz scene.