Over 360 Trinity Laban music and dance students received their degrees and diplomas last week to become graduates of the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance.
The music and dance presentation ceremonies took place in the beautiful Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and at the RIBA Stirling Prize winning Laban Building in Deptford, in front of an audience of friends, family and distinguished guests. Presenting the awards were Trinity Laban Patron, HRH The Duke of Kent, and the Chair of the Arts Council England, Sir Peter Bazalgette.
Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal of Trinity Laban, said: “It’s wonderful to feel the exhilaration of the students and we all get caught up in this exciting moment. They have worked so hard, in an academic environment that gives them the best possible preparation for a rapidly changing and challenging artistic world. I wish them every success and creative happiness for the future.”
Trinity Laban also announced two new Honorary Fellowships, awarded to Professor John Wallace CBE (outgoing Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and to Trinity Laban alumnus Emma Gladstone (Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella). In addition, the rare award of Honorary Companion was bestowed upon former governors Mike Hildesley and Dame Joan Ruddock MP, for their exceptional service to Trinity Laban.
Lord Lipsey, Chair of the Trinity Laban Board of Governors, said: "Both Joan and Mike have been remarkable governors. It is literally impossible to see how the flourishing Trinity Laban of today would have happened without their devoted service."
Professor Wallace's speech to students can be found on the Trinity Laban blog.
Picture credit – jk_photography