Trinity Laban musicians invade Harwich with world premieres, cycles, bells and whistles

Gregory Rose

The recent annual Harwich Festival featured an impressive number of Trinity Laban music students, teaching staff, alumni and others.

Conducting teacher Gregory Rose (above) directed a performance of Mauricio Kagel's Eine Brise for 111 cyclists pedalling through the town using a variety of methods of sound production, including whistles, bells and more, to surprise the town's normally rather quiet demeanour.

In the evening Gregory conducted the premiere of his new work, Heaven Haven, which was performed on the beach by seven performers with megaphones, who were briefed to move around and encourage others to join in.

Former Trinity Laban Mackerras Conducting Fellow Tom Hammond conducted the Essex Symphony Orchestra in Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Brahms; and Ryan Hume (trombone) and Joe Palmer (tuba) - Year 4 TL students who recently graduated - gave a recital with pianist Richard Black. The programme included the world premiere of Trinity Laban teacher Jeff Joseph's Sonata for Trombone, written especially for Ryan.

The Trinity Laban String Ensemble conducted by Nic Pendlebury, Head of Strings, presented Britten, Walton and Schoenberg; and former vocal student Susanna Fairbairn gave a recital including music by Poulenc, Colin Riley, Ravel and the premiere of a Harwich Festival Commission from Toby Young.

The Festival Grand Finale included Trinity Laban's Percussion Ensemble. Philip Howells and Henry Fynn joined professional pianists Nathan Williamson and John Paul Ekins in a performance of Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and then to round off the two week bonanza they were joined by four other students in a rousing performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

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