2015 sees Trinity Laban composition professor Stephen Montague working on major projects with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Birmingham Royal Ballet.
In April, Stephen conducted a performance his work Dark Sun as part of the BSO’s 2015 Cornwall Residency. An ensemble of 170 – made up of members of the BSO plus local Cornish musicians and singers – gathered at the RAF West Cornwall Air Station to perform the piece in the unusual setting of one of the base’s aircraft hangers, with a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter in the background.
Stephen is also currently composing an original orchestral score for a major new ballet, The King Dances. The piece, which marks choreographer David Bintley’s 20th year with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, will be premiered at the Hippodrome in Birmingham before touring across the UK. Its London premiere will take place on 13 October at Sadler’s Wells.
US born composer, conductor and pianist Stephen Montague has had works performed at many major festivals, including the BBC Proms, the Warsaw Autumn Festival and Bang on a Can. He has worked with many of the world’s leading composers such as John Cage, Steve Reich and Astor Piazzolla.
Trinity Laban has some of the UK’s most innovative and dynamic composers in their field amongst its staff. Trinity Laban teaches composers to look beyond music alone for their artistic influence and means of expression, and teaches students how to be experienced collaborators in the fields of dance, film, theatre, installation and other visual arts.