Rehearsals have begun for the Trinity Laban String Ensemble, who will be performing the final concert under the autumn theme A Song for All Ships, All Seas on Thursday 27 November.
Taking the Walt Whitman 1882 poem A Song for All Seas, All Ships as its influence, the concert will take the listener on an arc shaped journey through the heavens and earth.
The programme starts in the heavens with Sir John Tavener’s Song of the Angel, then onto the seas below with John Corigliano’s Voyage, finishing the first half at the depths of the ocean with Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of the Titanic. After the interval, the listener is transported back onto dry land with James MacMillan’s A Meditation on Iona and finishes in the celestial realm with Aaron J Kernis’ Musica Celestis.
The nautical theme is particularly relevant as Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Music building in Greenwich was home to the Royal Navy from 1873 until 1998. Trinity Laban’s Director of Music, Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, said: “Greenwich is inseparable from Britain’s maritime power and it is a fantastic inspiration to both our staff and students to represent these surroundings in our performances.”
Students at Trinity Laban regularly have performance opportunities during their studies, which provide a focal point for constructive criticism from teaching staff and peers alike. Nic Pendlebury, Trinity Laban’s Head of Strings says: “"Today's string musicians need to be dynamic and innovative, comfortable and secure in performing in a range of contexts. Under the guidance of our internationally renowned Principal Study teachers, chamber coaches and visiting artists, Trinity Laban will help you become the very best you can be, enabling you to develop an enquiring musical mind and technical security necessary to flourish as a musician in the 21st century."
On Heaven and Earth: A Song for All Ships, All Seas will be performed by the Trinity Laban String Ensemble on Thursday 27 November at Blackheath Halls. For more information and to buy tickets, please click here.