What the judges are looking for with your TrinityTalent nominations

Want to find out what the judges are looking for with your TrinityTalent Class of 2020 nominations? Read on to find out all about it. 

What the judges are looking for with your TrinityTalent nominations

If you're looking to nominate for the TrinityTalent Class of 2020 but aren’t quite sure what the judges are looking for, then read on as we’ve broken it all down for you!

Voice is delighted to be working with Trinity College London again to profile talented young people achieving Trinity’s music, drama and Arts Award qualifications in the UK. This year we have an extra special award for Arts Award alumni to celebrate 15 years of Arts Award supporting creativity! 

Teachers and students can nominate young artists aged 13-25 who have shown excellence in one of the following categories during 2020: ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT | CREATIVE FLAIR | PROGRESS | LEADERSHIP

We’ll feature those talented artists selected by the judging panel for the Class of 2020 in an online gallery, with all nominees receiving separate recognition from Trinity. This isn’t just for your high fliers - we welcome nominations of young people who have overcome challenges or made progress in any category, especially during the additional difficulties faced this year. 

If you know someone who definitely fits the bill of excellence, then you can head straight on over to the nominations page to get started! You now have until 18 December to nominate so make sure you submit your entry in time! 

Judges voices 

Here are some top tips and advice about what the judges are looking for each category and art form.

Artistic Achievement

This category is looking for those who demonstrate great artistic skill or excellence in performance. Maybe you’ve been a top performer in a music concert or attracted an encore in a theatre performance. Perhaps you have produced something outstanding for your Arts Award? Whether on or offstage, Artistic Achievement is all about celebrating fantastic artistic output. 

Arts Award 

The judges will be looking for significant personal development in an artform. For example, you could have choreographed your own dance piece or made a piece of art in a new medium. Perhaps you took on a backstage role such as producing the lighting design for performance. Above all, the judges will be looking for examples of exceptional skill, knowledge and understanding in your art form area.


The judges will want to see that you have developed your performance skills. This could be through the use of text or improvisation to create a character or the telling of a story using a high degree of technical ability. Above all, they want to see that you can deliver a solid performance that is both spontaneous and engaging.  


You will need to be able to show that you can play your chosen instrument with a high degree of skill. The judges will want to see evidence of you being able to confidently perform a set piece (or your own composition!) to an engaged and inspired an audience. 

If you have been performing on the instrument for a while, you will need to be able to showcase significant progress and achievement. However, if you are just starting out on your musical journey, the judges will be looking out for a mastery of the technical skills required to play your instrument.

Creative Flair

This category is perfect for the innovators  – those who use their skills to create great new sounds or works of art. This could be through improvisation in acting, a new musical composition or arrangement, an inventive collection of work, or experimentation with unusual materials. 

Arts Award

You are a perfect candidate for nomination if you can say how you’ve shown originality in your art form, or used creativity and imagination in your art form. 

For example, you might have made an experimental piece of artwork or performance as part of your participation in the arts. Or perhaps you oversaw the showcasing of an innovative project. Or maybe you’ve just taken an original or quirky approach to research the arts industry, and presented your findings in a particularly creative manner – like a blog or editorial in a school newspaper. Essentially, if you’ve taken an especially creative approach to complete your Arts Award, you are likely eligible for this category.


You are eligible for a Creative Flair nomination in Drama if you can demonstrate artistic creativity either as a group or individually. 

For example, maybe you’ve been experimenting with improvisation and new performance techniques or aced a monologue that was delivered in a nontraditional or contemporary style or context. It could be that you’ve created your own script and have successfully turned it into a solid and confident presentation.  The judges will ultimately be looking for creative and out-of-the-box approaches to your dramatic practice.


The judges want to see that you have weaved artistic creativity into your musical practice. Have you written a new and original piece of music or arrangement? Or take your practice outside of the exam room to create a recital or public performance that wowed audiences and tested your skills? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you should get your nomination in!


This category is a shout out to all of you who have put in the time and effort to make progress. Whether it’s expanding your skill range, taking on an ambitious project, gaining more confidence in presenting your art, adapting it for digital presentation, or devising and writing a new script, if you’ve put the time in and shown the resilience to improve your craft, this could be the category for you! 

Arts Award 

We will be looking for those of you who have made significant personal progress in your art form and have worked to develop confidence in your skills – whether that be technical or artistic in nature. 

Alternatively, perhaps you are able to highlight the growth you’ve made in confidently making your views and opinions heard, or developed your thinking on the artistic industry more generally. Judges will want to see that you have progressed on your creative journey, and want to hear about how you’ve grown as a creative as a result. 


Have you put the time in to thoroughly research your character and produce a convincing performance? Or taken the leap from acting out the words of others to penning and performing your own script for the first time? Maybe you’ve used lockdown to learn a new theatrical skill – for example, stage management, technical theatre, or even puppetry or mask work! The judges want to see development in your theatrical practice, and if you’ve made it, you’re likely onto a winner!


To be eligible for the Music Progress profile, we need to see a commitment to your instrument, and perseverance in developing your confidence and technical ability. You need to showcase your determination and a desire to grow as a musician – perhaps you’ve written your own composition which you then performed in your exam? 


This category is perfect for those who have stepped up to take responsibility for others. Leadership is all about celebrating those who’ve played a role in helping others to achieve, or taken a leading role over a group to have their own projects realised. Maybe you’ve acted as a mentor to younger students, led workshops, or produced or directed a performance. If you have overseen the delivery of a project – whether it’s your own or someone else's – you’ve likely showcased leadership skills. 

Arts Award

Arts Award is ripe with opportunities to demonstrate your leadership skills. For example, you might have moved your leadership project online, and successfully worked remotely with a team to produce an exciting arts project or event. Or maybe you’ve dipped your toes into a leadership role for the first time by running a workshop in your chosen art form to help other young people learn new skills.


Have you taken everything you’ve learned in the lead-up to your exams to work with others to put on a performance – perhaps a Zoom performance during lockdown? Or have you volunteered your time at a local drama club to run workshops or help in the classes? Or, maybe you’ve made the plunge and set up your own theatre company? Any of these are examples of countless possible ways you might have demonstrated leadership within your theatre practice!


Can you think of any examples of how you’ve showcased leadership within your musical practice? Have you, for example, set up your own band or orchestra that is now performing – in person or online! Or have you taken your musical talent to volunteer at music groups, and help mentor others, or lead on workshops and practice sessions? Perhaps you’ve transitioned into a tutor role, and are now helping those at the start of their musical journey to get enthusiastic about the artform! These are just a few examples of how you might have demonstrated leadership in the last year!

Hopefully, this breakdown has helped clarify what the judges are looking for and given you an idea of the best category to nominate people into. If so, you can jump straight over to the nomination form here.

Still have some questions?

If there are still some lingering questions, no worries at all! We have written up a TrinityTalent FAQ, and you can find that here.


Nici West

Nici West Voice Team

Nici is the an editor for Voice. She loves all things books, theatre, music, art, visiting other countries, anything creative, and sometimes attempts to make YouTube videos. Alongside Voice she writes and edits through her own pursuits.You can occasionally find her running marathons dressed as a black dog.

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