Music Faculty Staff News

Errollyn Wallen

A presentation by Trinity Laban’s Director of Music, Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, is now available to view online. Back in June, Dr Mera-Nelson joined forces with Mark Pemberton (Director of the Association of British Orchestras) to give a presentation on classical music business models at the 2015 Classical:NEXT conference. Dr Mera-Nelson’s critique of the business model adopted by violinist Andre Rieu was particularly praised by a number of commentators, including reviewers from The Independent and Classical Music magazine. The presentation is now available in full on the Classical:NEXT YouTube channel.

Trinity Laban composition professor Errollyn Wallen’s latest commission Hawks and Horses receives its premiere at St John’s Smith Square on Sunday 30 August at 6pm, performed by Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Hawks and Horses, commissioned by music education charity Peterborough Sings!, is a setting of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 91 and is inspired by the ancient cathedral city of Peterborough. For full details and to book tickets, visit the St John’s Smith Square website.

Professor of Clarinet Ian Mitchell’s latest CD Isn’t This a Time, a collection of American music for clarinet, is released on the Divine Art label in September. The disc features works by a selection of avant-garde American composers including John Cage, Barney Childs, Tom Johnson and Christian Wolff. In addition to solo performances from Ian, the disc includes contributions from Trinity Laban professors Aleksander Szram (piano) and Lynton Atkinson (tenor), as well as backing vocals provided by the Trinity Laban Clarinet Class of 2013. Preorder a copy from the Divine Art website.