Vocal Studies

Recognising that the voice is the most human of instruments, Trinity Laban will support your individual development as
a versatile and inquiring singer and musician. You will benefit from working with our expert and distinguished teaching staff and coaches, in addition to a wealth of workshops, masterclasses and performance platforms. 

Teaching

Teachers within the Voice Department are dedicated to helping you achieve the highest possible technical security and artistic achievement. Their extensive experience will enable you to develop excellent performance skills, musical versatility and adaptability, and a detailed knowledge and understanding of vocal repertoire across the ages. With well-established reputations as international performers, vocal teachers and coaches, they will prepare you for a wide range of concerts, competitions and classes, drawing out your own unique ability to communicate with a diverse range of audiences.

You will receive weekly vocal lessons and coaching on an individual basis, in addition to participating in a wide range of departmental classes. Weekly classes for classical singers include phonetics-based language classes, stagecraft, and performance tutorials and workshops. More senior students take part in song classes and opera scenes. 

Student Testimonial

"The relationship you have with the academic and one-to-one teachers is very personal. There's a real sense that they're trying to facilitate your career."

James Newby, BMus (Hons) Performance, Voice

Ensembles

Our vocal ensembles help students develop an understanding of musical styles from Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary music, an area of particular specialism at Trinity Laban. Our opera and music theatre productions provide exceptional ensemble performance experience, and our regular Chamber Choir, Trinity Laban Chorus and Specialist Vocal Ensemble, Rubythroat provide outstanding training for the profession. You will also be encouraged to develop your own small ensembles, and to collaborate with our piano and organ students, many of whom choose to specialise in vocal accompaniment, as well as to work alongside small ensembles of instrumentalists from across our programmes of study.

Chapel Choir

We are the only UK conservatoire of music with a collegiate chapel choir. The extraordinary environment of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel and its esteemed Director of Music,
 Dr Ralph Allwood MBE, provide an ideal learning environment for those wishing to seek work in London’s cathedral or church choirs. We offer 12 Choral Scholarships annually in conjunction with the Dame Susan Morden Trust and the trustees of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel.

Masterclasses

The Voice Department runs a regular masterclass series with acclaimed vocalists from around the world. Recent visiting artists include Susan Bullock, Louise Crane, James Gilchrist, Emma Kirkby, Felicity Palmer, Rollin Rachele and Louise Winter.

Competitions

The Voice Department runs a number of competitions each year, including the Roy Pleasance Competition, the Soloists’ Competition and the English and French Language Song Competitions. You will also be encouraged to take part in external competitions including the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship, the Wigmore Hall /Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition and the Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition.

Student Testimonial

“The amazing thing about Trinity Laban is they don’t try and produce one person, one singer, one voice. Everyone is different, everyone has a unique voice, it just needs to be nurtured and developed in some way. In all our classes we’re told, ‘don’t try and sound like the person sitting next to you’, just try and be your own voice, and get it to be the best it can be.”

Rebecca Leggett, BMus (Hons) Performance, Voice

Graduates

Graduates of our Voice programme go on to become recitalists and opera singers, as well as many who go on to further study here and elsewhere. Many members of the Chapel and Chamber choirs go on to sing with prestigious ensembles such as the Sixteen and the Monteverdi Choir. We have opera alumni at Glyndebourne, English National Opera, Garsington Opera, Opera Holland Park, Wexford and many of other companies. Read more about our alumni.

World premiere of the new opera Banished (Photos: Lidia Crisafulli)

From the Head of Department

Linda Hirst

“Vocal studies at Trinity Laban will bring you close to a wide range of music from the last five centuries. We will train your individual voice and develop your musical instincts and ability, so you can go out into the world ready to sing with the confidence of a professional, as a soloist in opera and concert, in choirs and other ensembles, and as a recording artist.”

Linda Hirst, Head of Voice

Artist in Residence

Matthew Rose, photo by Lena Kern

Matthew Rose is one of the foremost British operatic basses, performing regularly at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, London's Covent Garden, and the Glyndebourne Festival. His solo recordings include a critically acclaimed Winterreise with pianist Gary Matthewman and Schwanengesang with Malcolm Martineau, both on the Stone Records label. 

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