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.
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.
"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
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.
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 Trinity College London Choral Scholarships annually, two of which are further supported by the Dame Susan Morden Trust. We are also grateful for the ongoing support of the trustees of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel.
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.
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.
“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 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.