Double Bass

Trinity Laban has a thriving double bass department. We aim to prepare students for as wide a range of styles as possible so that they are in a position to take advantage of any playing opportunity that comes their way. Today's modern 'portfolio' musician is required to adapt his or her playing for a number of different situations, and the Trinity Laban double bass course ensures that graduates have the skills and the contacts to meet those needs.


  • All Double Bass students, both postgraduate and undergraduate, receive Individual Tuition in their principal study instruments. All Prinicipal Study Professors also offer group tuition sessions, in which all their students study together in groups of no more than seven.
  • Every undergraduate student is additionally entitled to eight hours of Principal Study Enhancement (PSE) sessions throughout the year. You can choose:
    • Technical development with your Principal Study teacher
    • Lessons with another professor within the department to gain an alternate viewpoint
    • Period instrument lessons
    • Associated or complementary instrument instruction. This can also include lessons on an instrument useful to your career such as piano
    • Classical bassists can take second study jazz lessons and vice versa
  • Once a week all the bass students gather together for a two hour departmental class, taken by a resident professor or by a visitor from outside. One of the main purposes of the classes is to work together on orchestral repertoire. Double Bass Professors Chris WestNeil Tarlton and Leon Bosch share the knowledge they have gained from their wide and varied orchestral experience to prepare students for the orchestral world, and an exchange of opinions is encouraged between professors and students. Chi-chi Nwanoku gives her specialist knowledge about period instruments and baroque playing in general. Other visitors from outside have included principal players from many of London's orchestras, and specialists in contemporary music, session music and even West End shows.


Trinity Laban benefits from regular visits from some of the world's leading double bass players who give their invaluable expertise on works from solo, recital and concerto repertoire. Recent visiting artists include:

  • Matthew McDonald
  • Joel Quarrington
  • Paul Ellison
  • Dominic Seldis
  • Stefano Sciascia
  • Enno Senft


Every other year the Vernon Elliott Double Bass Prize is awarded to the winner of the college's Solo Double Bass competition, and double bass students have also reached the finals of the Bach and Classical Concerto competitions.

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