"The voice being the most human of instruments, Trinity Laban's vocal training supports your individual development as a versatile and enquiring singer and musician."
Linda Hirst, Head of Vocal Studies
Teaching staff within the Vocal Studies Department are dedicated to helping you achieve the highest possible technical security and artistic achievement. Their experience will enable you to develop technical excellence, superb performance communication skills, musical versatility and adaptability, and a detailed knowledge and understanding of vocal repertoire spanning more than five hundred years. With well established reputations as vocal pedagogues and coaches, they will prepare you for a wide range of concerts, auditions, competitions and masterclasses, drawing out your unique ability to communicate with a diverse range of audiences.
Every student receives both weekly vocal lessons and coaching in addition to a wide range of departmental classes. Weekly classes available to classical singers include phonetics-based language learning, stagecraft, and performance tutorials and workshops, with more senior students additionally participating in song classes and opera scenes.
The Department regularly hosts masterclasses by distinguished professionals, with Susan Bullock, James Gilchrist, Sarah Connolly and Simon Keenlyside among the many world-class performers who have visited us recently. Our Mentor Ensembles - the BBC Singers, ENO and Tenebrae - regularly provide placement opportunities for postgraduate singers, and our students often have the opportunity to observe their teachers and other visiting artists in action at many of London's leading venues.
All our vocal ensembles seek to help students develop an understanding of musical styles from Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary music, an area of particular musical specialism at Trinity Laban. Our opera and musical theatre productions provide exceptional ensemble performance experience, and our regular Chamber Choir, Trinity Laban Chorus and Early Music Vocal Ensemble provide outstanding training for the profession. The Chamber Choir, in particular, makes appearances in a range of prestigious venues under its renowned conductor, Stephen Jackson, and often works with major London orchestras and groups such as the Kronos Quartet and the Philip Glass Ensemble. Students are also encouraged to develop their own small ensembles, and in particular to collaborate with our piano and organ students, many of whom choose to specialise in vocal accompaniment.
Chapel Choir and Choral Scholars
As the only conservatoire of music with a chapel collegiate choir, under the esteemed choral director Ralph Allwood, the extraordinary environment of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel provides an ideal learning environment for those wishing to seek work in London's cathedral or church choirs, and beyond.
We offer twelve Choral Scholarships annually in conjunction with the Dame Susan Morden Trust and the trustees of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, and our students form the nucleus of this acclaimed choir.