Newsfeed: 25 November 2011

Christmas lullabies

The new Christmas lullaby album, Sleep Holy Babe, by vocal ensemble The Blossom Street Singers, will be featured as Classic FM's Christmas CD of the Year in their New CD Show on 17 December. The ensemble is made up of mostly Trinity Laban current and former students.

The new album was launched at the beautiful St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in central London on Sunday 27 November

Blossom Street Singers

Devotional music

The voices and instrumentalists of the Trinity Laban Historical Performance Department will be directed by lute professor Dai Miller in a programme of English devotional music, Miserere Mei, Deus (Have Mercy on Me, O God) on Friday 9 December St Mary at Hill, Eastcheap. Dai also appears on In Tune on Thursday 1 December to talk about the concert and devotional music.

Trinity Laban Junior Fellow signed by leading agency

Duncan Ward, conductor and Junior Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, has been signed by leading artist management agency, Askonas Holt. The news comes after a whirlwind period in Berlin with Daniel Barenboim at the Staasoper. Duncan will return in the New Year for further guidance from Daniel and Simon Rattle at the Philharmoniker.

Duncan has also just finished a commission for a short new work for the London Symphony Orchestra, which will be premiered on 11 January at LSO St Luke's, London, conducted by James Macmillan.

Duncan Ward Askonas Holt Interview

Choir composition on Radio 3

Composer and singer Kerry Andrew, has had a choral piece, Rhymes and Charms for Fly Away Things, premiered on BBC Radio 3's The Choir, recently. Kerry is a composition and musicianship teacher with Junior Trinity in Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The piece was performed by the John Powell Singers, and Kerry was then interviewed by Aled Jones. You Are Wolf, Kerry's alt-folk solo project, has been awarded funding from the PRS Foundation for Music in their Women Make Music Award. She'll be writing a new set of songs exploring the folklore of British birds.

Superbrass community work

Trinity Laban teaching staff member Roger Argente runs a brass and percussion group called Superbrass, a professional ensemble (which includes many Trinity Laban teaching staff) that specialises in education and outreach work on behalf of clients like the Royal Festival Hall and the Cultural Olympiad. Superbrass released its debut album, Under the Spell of Spain, earlier this year.

Sound art installation wins Ideas Tap funding

Field Song, a collaborative project between sculpture/installation artist Harriet Bowman and pianist/composer Ben Socrates, has been awarded £1,000 from the Ideas Fund to help produce and promote the piece. Ben is studying a MMus in Piano Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Field Song takes the idea of generative music and adds a magnetised framework of hanging metal sculptures that repel from visitors passing through the space. Each group of magnets is fitted with a sensor that when passed, triggers a pre-recorded sample from speakers encircling the room. The intention is that the audience determines the music depending on the path they take through the room, to create a harmonized and stimulating space to be in but with the potential to become overwhelming as the sound builds and intensifies.

Ideas Fund Innovators: The winners

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