Trinity Laban's Head of Jazz, Simon Purcell, and jazz teacher and performer Julian Siegel, recently visited China, holding masterclasses and meeting with jazz teachers and students in Beijing, Wuhan and Shanghai.
Simon said: "It was an extraordinary visit, as Julian and I experienced first-hand how the massive rate of social and economic change in China is affecting music taught in higher educations. As in Europe, the Chinese conservatoires are experiencing the challenge of genre diversification - so that in Beijing, Wuhan and elsewhere they not only feature traditional Chinese music alongside Western orchestral and vocal models, but are also now introducing jazz, popular and electronic music.
"The response to our visit was very good. Students were enthusiastic about what we had to offer and the teachers and directors are keen to develop links with Trinity Laban and find out more about our distinctive approaches to teaching and learning."
Julian agreed: "It was a fantastic trip and hopefully the start of continued exchange and long lasting relationships between Trinity Laban and all of the Chinese Conservatoires we visited, this time in Beijing and Wuhan.
"It was inspiring to hear the level of musicianship in the colleges we visited and to experience the students' enthusiasm for learning new ideas. It was also great to meet the staff and to see their dedication to the students. Music is truly an international language."
Trinity Laban attracts both world class students and lecturers to its creative performing arts community. It currently has students from over 40 nationalities from around the world, leading to a diverse but exciting and vibrant cultural learning experience.