Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is delighted to announce the appointment of Tabby Estell as the new Head of Junior Trinity. She joins the Trinity Laban team to take over from the highly respected Marion Friend, who retires in the summer.
Tabby has worked in music education for over twenty years including managing the pioneering education programme at the London Sinfonietta and as Director of Education and Community at the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Tabby studied music at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College Music and was a teacher in London before moving into orchestral education. In recent years she has enjoyed an active freelance career working as a music education specialist with a range of different music organisations including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House and Southbank Centre.
Tabby said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining the amazing staff, tutors and young musicians of Junior Trinity, and I am looking forward enormously to working closely with everyone at Trinity Laban to continue Marion's truly wonderful work."
Marion said: "I am really delighted that Tabby has been appointed as my successor at Junior Trinity. I know that she shares my commitment to the highest level of music education for young people as well as bringing a wealth of experience from her work with leading professional arts organisations. I hope she enjoys the role as much as I have over the past 12 years."
Dr Claire Mera Nelson, Director of Music at Trinity Laban, said: "Tabby is the perfect successor to fill the very big shoes left by Marion. She is a guardian of knowledge about excellence in music as well as someone with strong and innate sense of what is needed for young people.
"I would like to pay tribute to Marion and her many years of dedicated work in growing the reputation and quality of Junior Trinity, which today is one of the finest and most inclusive Saturday schools for gifted and talented young musicians in the world."
Junior Trinity is a Saturday school for 3-19 year olds and a Centre for Advanced Training in the Department for Education Music and Dance Scheme. In 1906, it was the first Junior Department of a UK conservatoire to open its doors to schoolchildren on Saturdays. Since then thousands of young people have benefited from the opportunities to make music as individuals and in a wide variety of small and large ensembles. From Trinity Teenies aged 3-5, right through to young musicians on the cusp of university and conservatoire entrance, it is Junior Trinity's aim to encourage a lifelong interest in music and to give students the opportunities to develop to their maximum potential.
Tabby Estell - full biography
Tabby Estell has worked in music education for over 20 years. She studied music at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College Music and was a teacher in London before moving into orchestral education. In 1997 she joined London Sinfonietta, managing the ensemble's pioneering education programme, and has also held the post of Director of Education and Community at London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tabby has had an active freelance career as a music education specialist with various arts organisations including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House and Southbank Centre and has worked closely with music services, music hubs, junior and senior conservatories and other providers of music education throughout her career.
In recent years Tabby's passion has been in the research into methodology and pedagogy in music education both in the UK and abroad. She has been closely involved with the In Harmony programmes through her work with Southbank Centre and has spent time in Venezuela with the extraordinary El Sistema programme. Tabby is a passionate advocate for excellence in music education provision for young people, and for supporting our young musicians to reach their full potential.
She is married to Simon Estell, principal contrabassoon in the LPO, who also teaches at Trinity Laban. They have three young children.