Historical Performance

At Trinity Laban we believe that every student should take an active interest in informed performance. As Europe’s only conservatoire housed within a Baroque World Heritage Site, we are privileged to be able to offer focused opportunities for specialists alongside a range of period performance opportunities open to all our students. Whether performing on modern or specialist period instruments, we encourage all our instrumental students – together with their vocal counterparts – to explore the exciting repertoire and extraordinary sound worlds opened up by historically informed interpretation.


  • You will receive individual and small group Principal Study lessons from one or more of our internationally-renown period performance specialists
  • You will access a diverse range of departmental classes and projects, each carefully designed to develop your technical skills and repertoire knowledge. All performance studies classes are practically based and many culminate in public performances


  • Ensemble performance opportunities are a regular feature of the Department's activities, projects encompassing music from the Middle Ages to the Classical period
  • The Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition is an annual highlight, drawing audiences from across Europe for three days of performances, showcases, demonstrations and masterclasses. Held by Trinity Laban in partnership with The Early Music Shop and the Old Royal Naval College, Trinity Laban's students and staff play an integral part in the performance programme of this major event, which in the last two years has included a live broadcast by BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show


  • Specialist period instrument performers are encouraged to explore contemporary repertoire, developing and exploring their technique through collaboration with composition students
  • Modern instrument performers and singers are offered regular opportunities to rehearse and perform historic repertoire, often in collaboration with period instrument specialists, coached and directed by our expert teachers and visiting artists


Trinity Laban has a large collection of historic instruments available for loan, including shawms and crumhorns; renaissance and baroque recorders, lutes and a theorbo; baroque flutes and oboes; classical clarinets and bassoons; and a range of trumpets, sackbuts, and cornetti. We are also privileged to have access to the Dartington International Summer School collection of keyboard instruments and viols, which complement our own harpsichords, clavichord, fortepiano and chamber organs.


Our graduates are renowned for their creative skills, versatility and professionalism. Many perform regularly with leading period instrument ensembles including Les Arts Florissants, the European Union Baroque Orchestra, Ex Cathedra, Fretwork, The Kings Consort, the Rose Consort of Viols, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Sixteen.

Historical Performance Case Study 1

"Early Music at Trinity Laban is great! The department works together as a whole and everybody knows each other. Through my classes and principal study lessons I have a much deeper understanding of early music: from medieval music through to classical music, from rhetoric to reading facsimilies at sight."

Emma Williams, Recorder

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