Trinity Laban's graduates are at the forefront of music and dance, equally at home working for established companies and ensembles as they are in creating works and carving out their own opportunities. Dance graduates work for leading companies including Akram Khan Dance Company, BalletBoyz, DV8, Hofesh Schecter Company, New Adventures and Random Dance, while music graduates can be seen in leading orchestras, choirs and ensembles such as Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Opera and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
In recent years, Trinity Laban has nurtured ground breaking ensembles such as the Elysian Quartet and the jazz group Empirical, as well as successful recording artists such as Stjepan Hauser (2cellos) and The Puppini Sisters. Leading choreographers, among them Matthew Bourne (New Adventures), Lea Anderson, Rosemary Lee and Phillipp Gemacher, choreograph new and innovative work.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake; photo, Bill Cooper
Alumni past and present
Trinity Laban maintains connections with a growing network of 7500 alumni around the world. Alumni are a crucial source of support, with many graduates returning to Trinity Laban as staff members, as professional artists sharing their experience with current students, or to continue their studies. The student body boasts representatives from more than 60 countries, many of whom arrive from or go on to study at peer institutions of world leading standing. Trinity Laban alumni are working as performers, composers and choreographers; in commercial music, jazz and musical theatre; in community arts; in formal and informal arts education and in research.
Today's graduates inherit and build on a rich legacy left by significant alumni of the past, including Lilian Baylis CH, the pioneering producer whose companies were the forerunners of the English National Opera, the Royal Ballet and the National Theatre; conductor Sir John Barbirolli CH; Fela Kuti, the originator of Afrobeat Music; soprano Dame Margaret Price and viola player Lionel Tertis. The large majority of Trinity Laban graduates pursue their artistic goals throughout their careers, with 80% in paid work in the performing arts, and 82% who have been involved in the performing arts for large periods of time since graduation (Destination survey, IFF/Conservatoires UK, 2014).
Trinity Laban alumni also hold prominent roles as leaders in the music and dance industries, such as: Rebecca Allen, Managing Director, Decca Records, Paul Hughes, Managing Director, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mandeep Raikhy, Managing Director, Gati Dance Forum, New Delhi and Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella.
“My time at Trinity [now Trinity Laban] was a revelation. A chance to focus on writing, with Richard Amell’s never-ending enthusiasm, and the other students’ willingness to bring that music into reality, I loved every minute. Being able to endlessly use the studio and rehearsal rooms to try out pieces was simply heaven. Along with an eye-opening collection of world music records in the basement, these were the things that set up my creative path.”
- John Powell, Oscar-nominated film composer
“My experience with Transitions led directly to me setting up my company New Adventures (formerly Adventures in Motion Pictures) with a group of fellow Laban students and members of Transitions. It taught me how a touring company worked. My BA course was instrumental in developing my passion for choreography and I owe a great deal of debt to my 4 years at what was then called The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance!”
- Matthew Bourne OBE, choreographer and Artistic Director, New Adventures