What people say about us

Here are just some of the great things people are saying about Trinity Laban.

Norma Winstone, MBE and Honorary Fellow 

"I am so impressed with the standard of musicianship I've heard in the young people doing jazz at Trinity Laban. The teaching faculty seems to foster an openness of approach which results in diverse and interesting music." (Jan 2014)

Esther McVey MP

The Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey MP, launched an innovative new dance partnership in October 2012: "Candoco and Trinity Laban are both quality organisations operating at the highest possible levels, and the obvious synchronicity between the two will ensure that everyone has access to dance training and experience."

Lord Lipsey

Lord Lipsey, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Classical Music, called on the Government to recognise the contribution made by conservatoires to the economy and society at a House of Lords debate that he instigated in October 2012:

"With cuts here, cuts there and cuts everywhere, some might question whether institutions such as conservatoires should be a priority for public spending. But no one should doubt the contribution they make to the economy: to jobs, to growth and to earning foreign exchange from students from abroad.

"Culture today is big business. The conservatoire which I chair, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, ranks in the top five British higher education institutions for employment of its students."

"Our resilience as a nation in the crisis we face depends not just on material matters but on the values which sustain us. A land without music and dance - every kind of music and dance - is a land without a soul."

Ed Vaizey

The Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries, the Hon Ed Vaizey MP, toured Trinity Laban in July 2012.

"Trinity Laban is an inspiring facility. I am greatly encouraged by the work already they are doing as part of the Government's music hub initiative to streamline music education provision and to ensure access for all to high quality music training from an early age. At the other end of the spectrum, their research in dance science is world-leading and hugely impressive."

Jonathan Evans MP

Jonathan Evans MP completed four intensive visits to Trinity Laban in July 2012 as part of his Cultural and Creative Industries Fellowship programme with the Industry and Parliament Trust

"I have been so impressed by the energy, enthusiasm and commitment which I have seen at Trinity Laban and all the work that is being done to nurture and develop the exceptional talent of their students. I have also welcomed meeting parents at Junior Trinity, who sacrifice so much to help give their children the opportunity to achieve such remarkable success."

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Four current and former Trinity Laban Chapel Choral scholars have just gained four of the eight places available on the Monteverdi Choir's Apprenticeship Scheme in July 2012.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, founder and artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir, said:

"What is so refreshing about the candidates put forward annually by Trinity Laban for the Monteverdi Choir apprentice scheme, quite apart from the individual quality of their singing, is their openness to the rewards and creative buzz of ensemble singing at the highest level, whether in opera, oratorio ora cappellapolyphony.

Andrew Staples

Andrew Staples, international tenor, opera director and one of this year's competition adjudicators, also had praise for the Trinity Laban students:

"I was so encouraged and impressed to hear the talent that is emerging from Trinity Laban. The singing is of a considerably high standard - accomplished, committed and healthy; showcasing exciting young artists, whose passion for the music and storytelling is evident."

Lord Lipsey

Lord Lipsey of Tooting Bec was appointed Chair of the Board of Governors of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in May 2012.

"I take on the chair of Trinity Laban not without trepidation but with great excitement. It is a conservatoire that is looking to the future, and from the moment you step through the doors, both of the dance and music faculties, you sense a hugely vibrant institution. Here are teachers and staff absolutely committed to developing students' talent to its limits. Here are students determined to learn and to progress and to have fun while doing so. Alumni maintain a close relationship with Trinity Laban and pursue successful careers in the arts. And the admirable outreach work Trinity Laban does in local deprived communities is bringing music and dance to many who would not otherwise experience it.

"One of the great strengths of Trinity Laban is that combination of dance and music. These are not after all art forms in silos but are intimately related, and putting them together has huge potential for synergy.

John Paul Jones

Led Zeppelin's legendary multi-instrumentalist, John Paul Jones, received an Honorary Fellowship from Trinity Laban in December 2011.

"I once aspired at an early age to be a student at this very special college but my musical path took me elsewhere. I feel very proud to have been made an Honorary Fellow and consider this to be a high point of my career."

Sir Steve Bullock

Trinity Laban was chosen as the starting point for the London 2012 Olympic torch relay in July 2012.

Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, said, "Trinity Laban is a landmark building in Lewisham and we are delighted at the success of our nomination. Welcoming the torch relay to our borough will be just the start of our celebrations of the London 2012 Olympics."

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