5 Reasons To Study Music at Trinity Laban

Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Music is a hive of activity. Check out 5 reasons why you would love studying with us.

1. Collaboration is at the heart of what we do

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Here at Trinity Laban, we believe that the key to success is collaborating and working with others to improve our artforms and to gain a better understanding of others. This is why for 2 weeks each year in February students go off-timetable for CoLab; our unique celebration of collaboration where Music, Dance and Musical Theatre students come together to take risks, be creative and experiment. Last year’s projects include a Protest Choir at Tate Modern, and a Brexchange Jazz Project.

Other collaborative opportunities at TL include Side by Side, our series of orchestral concerts where students play alongside professionals such as Philharmonia Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

2. We offer countless performance opportunities to students

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As future professional performers, it’s important to us at TL that you have ample opportunity to become comfortable in a performing environment.

That’s why during term time, we hold three lunchtime concerts a week at St Alfege Church (Thursdays) and the Old Royal Naval College Chapel (Tuesdays and Fridays) where students perform. Other regular performance opportunities include Beats in the Bar, our jazz series at Oliver’s Jazz Bar and Blackheath Halls, and our Chamber Showcase Concert Series. Composition students are given their own platform in the annual ‘Rude Health’ New Music Festival, which gives them the chance to show their work to the general public. This is of course in addition to performances at larger venues including Cadogan Hall and Southbank Centre.

3. We choose innovative programmes

Venus Blazing factsWe pride ourselves on the fact that we programme lesser-known music written by women and men from all periods.

During the academic year 2018/19, we committed to ensuring that at least half of the music programmed would be written by a female composer. Our Venus Blazing commitment meant that 120 women had their music performed. Come along to our Venus Blazing Symposium or Symphony Orchestra Concert on Thu 12 Dec to find out more.

Trinity Laban also commissions new works for students to perform. Recent works include Banished, an opera by Stephen McNeff.

4. You learn in a stunning setting with brilliant facilities

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As a music student, your faculty is housed at King Charles Court on the south bank of the River Thames. It is part of the 300-year-old Old Royal Naval College World Heritage Site, which was designed by the architectural genius Sir Christopher Wren. The site is often used as a film set; just a few days ago Disney were filming Cruella. 

Our facilities include superb music practice and recital rooms, a recording studio, intimate performance spaces and the award-winning Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts. We also recently purchased 5 new Steinway pianos.

We also have our own concert venue Blackheath Halls, which has recently undergone a multi-million-pound renovation.

5. Our students and alumni enjoy competition success

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Recent wins include the 2019 Young Jazz Musician Award, British Jazz Awards 2019, as well as the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition. We also have our very own Gold Medal competition where students from all instrumental departments perform for this prestigious award. Previous winners are now established and successful performers.

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