Our academic year ended on a high this summer with the Trinity Laban Opera Ensemble performing Handel's Rinaldo at Blackheath Halls (29 June - 02 July). The dramatic tale of conflict, magic and love was the first of many operas that Handel wrote for the London stage and was a sensational hit at the time, and this exciting contemporary staging from Director Harry Fehr and Musical Director Nicholas Kraemer proved a dynamic and passionate interpretation.
Soprano Susanna Fairbairn (Linda Pilgrim Charitable Trust Scholar,
TCM Trust Scholar) as Armida.
Right: Baritone Sean Webster (TCM Trust Scholar) as Argente.
On Thursday 30 June we were delighted to welcome a select group of special guests and supporters to a pre-show reception. Trinity Laban Governor and world-class soprano Catherine Bott kindly agreed to host the event for us, speaking both about Trinity Laban and her own experiences as a vocalist, helping to make the evening's performance particularly special.
Trinity alumnus Daniel Roddick
Right: Journalist and broadcaster Robert Fox
Catherine also spoke of the significance of student scholarships, which have always been critically important to instrumentalists and singers, and are ever more so in the current economic climate. As the Government changes the way in which higher education is funded our student fees have had to increase, as will inevitably the financial burden on aspiring young musicians.
Catherine with Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne
We are indebted to Catherine for her unfailing support and for graciously hosting our opera reception, and to all those who already give generously to create much-needed scholarships at Trinity Laban.
If you are interested in joining them by supporting our Scholarship Fund, or in establishing a Named Scholarship, visit our Scholarships page for more information, or contact Esmé Patey-Ford on [email protected] | 0208 305 4457