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Alumni Round Up April 2023

Tue 16 May 2023

On 3 April, a number of alumni (Daniela Magni, Lucy Murphy, Eileen Newnham, Maria Nikitidou, Jack McSweeney, Gemma Storr, Trudy Kerr, Clare Hirst) had the chance to attend two talks on Music Education given by Dr Andrea Schiavio from the University of York.


In April, our dance alumni have been involved in a range of performances and events.

Watch Matthew Bourne presents the Gillian Lynne Award for Best Theatre Choreographer to Matt Cole for Disney’s Newsies at The Olivier Awards 2023.

Choreological studies lecturer and TL alumni, Alison Curtis-Jones presented her artistic work and research “Re-Imagining Laban: Dynamic Transformations in Contemporary Dance” at the World Arts & Embodiment Forum that was held between 11 April to 13 April.

Read about balletLORENT’s reimagining of Rapunzel, the Theatre Review: Rapunzel at The Leeds Playhouse, by choreographer and artistic director Liv Lorent.

A Back On The Map Event: Dancing Together, an interactive art festival exploring African diasporic dance history was held at the Laban Building on 13 and 14 April. This project was led by TL Innovation Award winners, Sunniva Moen Rørvik and Emma Greene.

The Guardian reviews Say Something, Sarah Golding and Yukiko Masui’s choreography at The Place, London.

Malik Nashad Sharpe’s new choreography of Goner returned to the Now Festival at The Yard between 18 April and 22 April.

Rosalind Holgate Smith, dance artist and performer, performed Vibration, an immersive dance theatre performance at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, on 27 April.

Recent contemporary dance graduate, Malachi Briant performed his solo, Stuck, as part of the Forge Festival 2023 on 30 April. Click here to watch a snippet of his dress run.


On the other hand, our music alumni have also been busy with performances and new song releases.

Watch Produce Like A Pro, Warren Huart’s YouTube video of TL composition alum Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War Of The Worlds – Albums That Changed Music. Here’s an interview about the musical.

Ezra Collective’s Joe Armon-Jones has joined forces with Maxwell Owin on a new album ‘Archetype’ to be released in June.

Peckham-born, British-Bengali singer, Tara Lily shares about “blending genre, breaking out of boxes, and no longer caring about what people think” on gal-dem.

Nubya Garcia speaks about her experience experimenting for songs for the massive 2LP London Brew project in an article by Glide Magazine.

Read a Live Review: Ezra Collective @Albert Hall, Manchester where Ezra Collective’s (Joe Armon-Jones, Femi Koleoso) “choice of venue to perform in Manchester juxtaposes an interesting range of emotions.” Drummer Femi Koleoso also discusses inclusivity in jazz in an article titled “A Jazz Club Is Whatever You Want It To Be”: Three Days at the Blue Note With Ezra Collective.

The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra announced their broadened repertory for the 2023-2024 season. John Butt, Dunedin Consort’s music director, will conduct the operas with Nardus Williams as Belinda.

Between 14 April to 16 April, Reuben James performed at the Brick Lane Jazz Festival across seven venues.

Dai Fujikura performed Love Excerpt at the Modern Notebook on 16 April.

Former TL staff and Junior Trinity alumni, Karl Lutchmayer, talks about his current endeavors in music in an article by Herald Publications.

John Savournin performed as Judas and the disciples in Martin Emslie’s Omega and Alpha Oratorio on 16 April.

Aldo Lopez-Gavilan, TL piano alum, performed Viernes de Cuidad for the Bright Lights and Rising Stars | Memphis Chamber Music Society on 16 April.

Eminent composer, Cecilia McDowell’s work was performed at St Mary’s Church for the Henley Choral Society’s 50th anniversary concert.

14-time Grammy Award Nominee, Terry Barber, sang all ranges covering “songs written for voices from baritone and tenor all the way to soprano” when he performed at a one stellar evening Andrew Lloyd Webber concert.

Sheila Maurice-Grey plays the horns in Jessie Ware’s new single, ‘That! Feels Good!’ which came out on 28 April. Watch the music video here.


Coming Up:

Limón Dance Company

Artistic director of Limón Dance Company, Dante Puleio announced that the company will be featuring three programmes at three new venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn this Spring Season. Book your tickets here.


SAVING FACE by Kakilang

Yukiko Masui is one of the dancers that will be performing in a new comedy dance theatre, SAVING FACE by Kakilang. Below are the dates of the performances, book your tickets here:

Curve, Leicester – 26 & 27 May

The Place – 23 & 24 June


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Musical

Molly Osborne will be playing the leading role of Elowen Keene in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Musical in London between 22 May and 1 July. Get your tickets here.


The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Oscar Jerome will be performing as part of the free shows at The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal this summer. Have a look at the festival’s lineup here.