Jeremy Pike has recently completed his travels abroad on a Churchill Travelling Fellowship. This prestigious award, for which there are only about a hundred successful applicants each year, enabled him to spend seven weeks in the USA during the summer and a further week in France just before Christmas, working on a project entitled "The Benefits of New Technology to Musical Creativity".

He has visited the world's foremost institutions in the field of computer music, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Universities of Michigan and Stanford and the celebrated IRCAM research centre in Paris. Travelling from Boston right across the USA he was able to meet people who are world experts in the development and application of music software, and establish contacts with top ranking institutions. He participated in international conferences and workshops and studied new techniques of electro-acoustic composition, learning skills which will benefit his work both as a composer and as Head of Composition at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester.

Jeremy Pike at CCRMA, Stanford University, California

This has been the opportunity of a lifetime, a most rewarding challenge, and he returns greatly enriched by the experience and with many new ideas as to how computers can be used by all kinds of people for making music in new and enjoyable ways. After experiencing an exceptionally generous welcome on his travels he is now looking forward to building on new friendships and developing exciting new links and possible future exchanges.

In May 2000 he was presented with a commemorative medallion at a special ceremony held in the Guildhall, London.

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