Introducing Trinity Laban’s Junior Fellows 2011-2012

The Richard Carne Junior Fellowship for Individuals

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Richard Carne Junior Fellow Holly Cook with supporter Philip Carne

The afternoon of Friday 16 September saw the Peacock Room packed with students eager to meet Holly Cook, Trinity Laban's Richard Carne Junior Fellow. Holly is the Conservatoire's first recipient of this one-year award, which is a professional development opportunity for a young musician in the early stages of his or her career. Flautist Holly graduated from her MMus here at Trinity Laban in 2009, and has now returned to take up this exciting position. A specialist on a wide range of ethnic flutes, as well as being a classical flautist, Holly will collaborate with students across Trinity Laban's Music Department, exploring a broad repertoire, and creating exciting new pieces and performances in the process. In this lively and engaging session, Holly spoke about her plans for the year, and introduced her audience to a number of her instruments, before performing with Trinity Laban students: postgraduate harpist Tamara Young, and second-year BMus percussionist Kieran Leonard (All-Ireland Senior Bodhrán Champion, August 2011) playing the Bodhrán and the whistle.

Already working with Trinity Laban composers, Holly intends for her reach to be as wide as possible during her tenure. Living locally, she has already established a real connection with both students and deparmental staff, making the most of this valuable opportunity.

We were delighted to be joined for this event by philanthropist Philip Carne, trustee of the Richard Carne Trust, which has so generously made possible this exciting new award. Holly's Junior Fellowship year began with real energy and enormous positivity on Friday, and we are all looking forward to see how her year develops.

For more information about Holly, click here

The Richard Carne Junior Fellowship for String Quartet


Zara Benyounes, Sara Roberts, Kim Vaughan and Emily Holland

Tuesday lunchtime (20 September) saw the Benyounes Quartet play their first formal concert as Trinity Laban's new Richard Carne Junior Fellows for String Quartet. Performing in the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, to an audience of Trinity Laban students and staff members as well as members of the general public, they played Haydn's Quartet in F major, Opus 77 No 2, followed by Brahms' Quartet in A minor, Opus 51 No.2.

The Richard Carne Trust has been supporting a Junior Fellowship for Chamber Ensemble, now specifically for String Quartet, since 2007, and this award has had a very significant impact upon chamber music at Trinity Laban.

The Benyounes Quartet hails from Ireland, Wales and England, and was formed in 2007 whilst all four members were completing postgraduate music degrees. In 2009 the quartet undertook a Masters in Chamber Music with Professor Gabor Takacs-Nagy at the Haute École de Genève.

For more information about The Benyounes Quartet, click here

For more information about The Richard Carne Junior Fellowship, a list of past recipients and information on how to apply, click here

Trinity Laban would like to thank Philip and Christine Carne, and the Richard Carne Trust, for the very generous support that makes these opportunities possible.

The Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellowship in Conducting

Duncan Ward

We are delighted to announce Duncan Ward's return to Trinity Laban, as this year's Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellow. A student for four years in Trinity Laban's Junior Trinity Department, Duncan went on to complete his BMus in Manchester. A published composer, Duncan spent three weeks in California in July 2010 studying and composing with Ravi Shankar (Hon FTCL).

Duncan will be mentored through the course of his tenure, by a range of Trinity Laban staff members, including Head of Postgraduate Studies, Jonathan Tilbrook, who also holds the Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellowship at the University of Nottingham, and various guest ensemble directors. He will officially have begun his year as our Mackerras Fellow next Wednesday (28 September), when he will join Jonathan Tilbrook in conducting Trinity Laban's Repertoire Orchestra session, working on Berlioz'sSymphonie Fantastique. Amongst many exciting plans for the year ahead, he will be conducting Trinity Laban's Brass Ensemble at Presentation Day in December.

For more information about Duncan, click here

For more information about The Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellowship in Conducting and on how to apply, click here


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