As the curtain closes on those dark winter nights, Trinity Laban presents an eventful season of spring treats. Appearing in venues around the capital, the season's highlights include the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra lead by renowned conductor Michael Stern and Trinity Jazz ensembles performing at the legendary Ronnie Scott's. From contemporary to classical to baroque, from jazz to musical theatre, and with many events free, there is something for every taste and purse so make a date in your diary and get involved!
The season begins with the Solstice Quartet performing a selection of evocative classical pieces by Mozart and Beethoven in a free lunchtime concert on 18 January (1.05pm, admission free) as part of the popular Chapel Concert Series in the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich. Since making their debuts at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in 2009, the Richard Carne Junior Fellows are quickly gaining an international reputation. The quartet will return on 29 January (6pm) for Liszt's Bicentenary where students from both music and dance faculties will perform Liszt, Dohnányi and Ligeti as part of the Kings Place/Hungarian Cultural Centre's Liszt Bicentenary Festival.
On 20 January at 7.30pm, highly regarded clarinettist Michael Collins will direct the Trinity Laban Wind Orchestra in a concert entitled Chillout in Winelands at Blackheath Halls. They are performing a contemporary programme featuring Swayne: Agnes Wisley's Chillout, Hindemith: Symphony in B flat, Anthony Gilbert: '...into the gyre of the madder dance', David Blake: Winelands and Daugherty: Red Cape Tango. Throughout January, Michael will also be resident artist in Trinity Laban's Wind, Brass and Percussion department.
On 27 January (10am), one of the UK's finest mezzo-sopranos, Sarah Connolly, will work with Trinity Laban's postgraduate vocalists in an intimate masterclass in the Peacock Room at the stunning Old Royal Naval College, the home of Trinity Laban's music faculty. Audience members are welcome and entrance is free.
The Baroque Orchestra, directed by new Head of Early Music Walter Reiter, will perform a programme including Vivaldi concertos with period instruments on 1 February at 7.30pm in the beautiful St Alfege Church in central Greenwich.
One of the season's highlight events will take place at the renowned Ronnie Scott's on 15 February at 7.30pm. In an evening entitled In Retrospect and Anticipation Trinity Jazz ensembles return to perform lively renditions of Ellington's work directed by Malcolm Earle-Smith and Mark Lockheart. The evening also presents the chance to hear compositions from the winner and runner-up in the Dankworth Jazz Competition Prize 2011. This promises to be an excellent night of inspired music - not to be missed.
On 18 February at 7.30pm, the Postgraduate Advanced Opera Ensemble will perform scenes from masterful comedies and imaginative stories in Happy Families and (other) Fairy Tales in the recital room at Blackheath Halls. Directed by Toria Banks, the performance will follow playful themes of good children and bad children, good parents and bad parents, and most importantly, who gets the inheritance. A fun night out for the whole family.
The Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra will perform on 18 and 19 February (7.30pm) with guest conductor Michael Stern, director of the critically acclaimed Kansas City Orchestra and founder of the IRIS Orchestra. The first concert will be in the hallowed surroundings of Guildford Cathedral and will feature the winner of the 2010 Trinity Laban Soloists' Competition - Daniel Broncano Aguilera - performing Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto alongside Gershwin's playful An American in Paris, Philip Glass' Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Bernstein's uplifting Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. In the second concert at Blackheath Halls, the Nielsen will be replaced with a performance of Yakashi Yoshimatsu's Cyber Bird by Jenny Palfreyman, the winner of the Clarinet & Saxophone Society's Saxophone Soloist Competition 2010. The concert launches the British Saxophone Congress, a further two day event directed by Trinity Laban saxophone teacher Gerard McChrystal at Blackheath Halls.
On 3 March at 7.30pm, Trinity Laban will be holding the annual Daryl Runswick Composition Competition finals in the recital room at Blackheath Halls. The concert will see The Contemporary Music Group conducted by Gregory Rose performing original pieces by student composers in an innovative show.
Trinity Laban's Sinfonia Ensembles will perform a colourful mixture of romantic and impressionist music in the dramatic surroundings of Blackheath Halls on 10 March (7.30pm). The programme comprises Martin Ellerby: Dona Nobis Pacem, Dag Wirén: Serenade for Strings, Debussy: Petite Suite and the ever popular Bizet: Carmen Suite No.2.
Postcards from... presented by Trinity Laban's String Ensemble will feature the remarkable viola soloist and Trinity Laban tutor Rikva Golani in a concert at St George's Church in Bloomsbury on 15 March (7.30pm or 6pm for a pre-concert talk). The ensemble, directed by Nic Pendlebury, will perform a selection of contemporary repertoire from lands afar, hence the title, including pieces by Avro Pärt, Bartók, Ellin, Lutoslawski and Sculthorpe. A new piece by a Trinity Laban composer will also receive its premiere. The String Ensemble will also perform part of this programme in a lunchtime concert on the same day at St Botolphs Church, Bishopsgate, at 13.00h.
Musical Theatre students perform two original shows, Lost and Found, on 23 March (2.30pm and 7.30pm) at Blackheath Halls. Lost involves the reworking of existing songs and scenes from old music theatre and music hall of the Victorian and Edwardian West End. Found involves the performance of brand new contemporary musical songs and scenes previously unperformed (or very rarely so), including music written especially for Trinity Laban students.
Trinity Laban is excited to be taking part in Ether - Southbank Centre's annual music festival of innovation, art, technology and cross-arts experimentation. Massed musicians and dancers from Trinity Laban will be joining the renowned nine-piece Fitkin Band to perform One - a vast site-specific event on March 24 (free promenade event from 5.30pm, performance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at 7.30pm). Curated by Fitkin, with music ranging from Machaut and Gabrieli to La Monte Young, Arvo Pärt and Trinity Laban composers, the evening will move from promenading multi-ensemble installation to surround-sound concert, all infused with Fitkin's own gypsy tinged high energy work and culminating in a spectacular premiere for all performers.
This is just a small selection of the Trinity Laban performances taking place this spring. For full event listings and further information please visit our online box office or contact the Trinity Laban box office on 020 8463 0100.