Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
was honoured to welcome the Minister for Culture, Communications
and the Creative Industries, the Hon Ed Vaizey MP, for a tour of
our dance and music faculties in July.
The Minister met with Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony
Bowne, to discuss a range of topics, including conservatoire
funding, our strong graduate employment figures and community
outreach work, and Trinity Laban's involvement in the National
The Minister said: "Trinity Laban is an inspiring facility. I am
greatly encouraged by the work already they are doing as part of
the Government's music hub initiative to streamline music education
provision and to ensure access for all to high quality music
training from an early age. At the other end of the spectrum, their
research in dance science is world-leading and hugely
Professor Bowne said he was delighted to have the opportunity to
demonstrate first-hand the role of the 21st century
"Talking about our achievements is one thing - but visiting us,
meeting our students and staff - this is what really enables
conservatoires such as Trinity Laban to effectively show our
distinctiveness and the innovative way in which we are tackling the
challenges currently facing the cultural and educational
"One of these ways is in forming strong collaborative
partnerships in the UK and internationally which enable us to offer
a music and contemporary dance education that is innovative and
forward looking - and in demand by potential students, because what
we offer is so adaptable to future challenges."
The Minister was given a tour of Trinity Laban's Dance Science
Department and the Laban Theatre. He then travelled to the Music
Faculty in the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, visited the
Chapel, where much of the choral music sessions take place, and met
with composition staff and students.
The Arts Council England announced the nationwide network of 122
music education hubs in May 2012, which will play a key role in
ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience a high
quality music education.
Organisations, including schools, professional music
organisations, higher and further education institutions and other
Arts Council funded organisations working in a local area will be
coming together to create joined up music education provision for
children and young people.
The aim of this work is to ensure that every child aged 5-18 has
the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, to progress
to the next level, and play with other children as part of an
ensemble or choir.