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Staff, students and alumni at forefront of international dance science discussion

Last month, we attended the 29th annual International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conference in Montreal, Canada

The annual IADMS conference attracts dance science researchers from across the globe, offering an opportunity to experience new concepts in the expanding field of dance medicine and science.

We are delighted that a selection of our Dance Science students, alumni and staff were able to attend and contribute again this year, including: Head of Dance Science Professor Emma Redding, Programme Leader MSc/MFA Dance Science Dr Liliana Araújo, Dean of Dance Frances Clarke, and Lecturers in Dance Science James Brouner, Katy Chambers and Leanne Steel.

The four-day event features workshops, debates, talks, poster presentations, round table discussions, and movement sessions and topics included dance for health, hypermobility, proprioception, creativity, gender, psychological skills, injury, and many more.

Alongside presenters from a variety of professional backgrounds, Trinity Laban faculty, alumni and students exhibited 41 posters and research presentations and contributed to the conference through podium and facilitating workshops.

At the conference, several graduates from our Dance Science programmes received awards:

  • Anastasia Paschali won the Student Travel Grant, supported by the Harkness Centre for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Clara Fischer won the Student Research Award, supported by the Harkness Centre for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Dr Manuela Angioi became an IADMS fellow

Professor Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science, commented –

“The range and quality of topics presented at this year’s IADMS conference were broader than ever before, reflecting the expanding field of dance medicine and science. IADMS is like no other association in terms of how it brings together, medical doctors, physiotherapists, academic researchers, scientists, teachers and dancers under one roof for four intense days of dialogue and debate, learning and listening, practice and presentations. Once again, Trinity Laban faculty and alumni – an ever-expanding group – filled the conference programme strengthening our place as one of the leading institutions in the field.”

We look forward to the 30th annual IADAMs conference, held 22-25 Oct 2020 in Japan.

For further information about studying at Trinity Laban, visit our dance science pages.

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Trinity Laban honours Steve Reich

London’s Creative Conservatoire has awarded an Honorary Fellowship to prolific minimalist composer Steve Reich in recognition of his contribution to music.

The celebratory event at our Faculty of Music opened with a performance of Reich’s iconic three-movement work Electric Counterpoint arranged for electric viola by Head of Strings Nic Pendlebury.

Originally written in 1987 for live guitar accompanied by pre-recorded electric and bass guitars, the hypnotic piece was first recorded by guitarist Pat Metheny.

Following the breath-taking recital, multi-awarding winning composer Reich gave Pendlebury a standing ovation and embraced him warmly, commenting: 

“The idea that Electric Counterpoint would be bowed had never occurred to me. I want to thank Nic for a beautiful surprise.”

Pendlebury’s Smith Quartet has played many Reich works, including a memorable version of Different Trains in a 2005 BBC film marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, filmed on location at the concentration camp.

After the performance Head of Composition Dominic Murcott invited the American icon to the stage to take part in an interview and informal Q&A with students, where he shared unique insight and advice:

“Write pieces for a combination of people you know in the music community you’re in, things will grow from that point.

Write something so moving and magnetic they want to hear it. Music should absolutely rivet you so you’re just in it – if not the composer or performer has failed you.”

The intimate afternoon concluded with the awarding of the Honorary Fellowship, presented to Reich by Director of Dance Sara Matthews.

The award citation, read by Principal Anthony Bowne, included the following tribute –

“The impact that Steve Reich’s work has had on today’s music making can hardly be overstated. He is routinely described as one of a few living composers who has altered the trajectory of music, or more simply: America’s greatest living composer. He is responsible, perhaps more than anyone, for widening the audience of today’s classical music.”

Reich was in London for the UK premiere of his new piece Reich/Richter at Barbican Centre. The new 37-minute work for large ensemble is for a film by renowned painter Gerhard Richter, created in collaboration with filmmaker Corinna Belz. Future performances have been scheduled across Europe.

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Image: Trinity Laban composition students with Steve Reich (credit Tas Kyprianou)

About Steve Reich

Born in New York in 1936, Steve Reich studied Philosophy at Cornell University, before studying Composition at The Juilliard School, New York and Mills College. Continuing his musical studies, he studied drumming at the University of Ghana, Accra and Gamelan at the American Society for Eastern Arts, Seattle and at Berkeley, California. In 1966 he founded his own ensemble which has toured the world since 1971 and his work has now been played by the world’s major orchestras. His path has embraced not only aspects of Western Classical music, but the structures, harmonies and rhythms of non-western and American vernacular music, particularly jazz. He has received commissions from the Barbican, Holland Festival, San Francisco Symphony, Vienna Festival, the Kronos Quartet and the Brooklyn Academy to name a few. Several choreographers have created work to his music including Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker, Jerome Robbins, Laura Dean, Siobhan Davies and Lucinda Childs. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Grammys and a Pulitzer Prize and he holds honorary awards from the finest institutions in Europe and the USA.

For a full biography and list of works please visit

About Trinity Laban Honorary Fellowships

Trinity Laban Honorary Fellowships are awarded each year to distinguished artists, practitioners, educators and professionals in the fields of the performing arts and education. Previous recipients have included dance artists Sir Matthew Bourne, Merce Cunningham and Emma Gladstone, musicians Chi-Chi Nwanoku OBE, Gary Crosby OBE, the Kronos Quartet and Ravi Shankar, and leaders in the arts such as Gillian Moore CBE, Jude Kelly CBE and Sir Cameron Mackintosh.

New scholarships for Indian students

Anonymous donation will support individuals born and educated in India to study at London’s Creative Conservatoire.

From September 2020, the new Udmi Devi Scholarship will enable aspiring performing artists born and educated in India to train at either undergraduate or postgraduate level with us, furthering our commitment to widening access for talented and dedicated international students and reinforcing our role as a leader for international development in arts education and innovation.

The award, which recognises excellence in music, dance or musical theatre, will be awarded annually from September 2020, with each recipient being given a multi-year scholarship for the duration of their programme of study to the value of £10,000 per annum.

The scholarships have been made possible thanks to a generous gift of £100,000 from an anonymous benefactor in the name of their late grandmother Thakurain Udmi Devi, a progressive and caring woman who placed great emphasis on the education of all those around her.

Thanks to financial support like this, talented international students can train with us and seize opportunities they would otherwise be unable take due to financial limitations.

Jasiel Peter (pictured), originally from Bangalore, is a current music student who has benefited from the support of our GREAT Scholarships, in partnership with the British Council.

The double-bassist explains the importance of receiving support –

“I cannot thank Trinity Laban enough for my scholarship. Studying in London was always a dream, this scholarship made my dream a reality, thank you so much for supporting me.”

Jasiel’s long-term ambition is to return to India to give back what he has learned during his studies.

The new Udmi Devi scholarship builds on the existing support available specifically for Indian students, strengthening our aim to diversify access to our training.

We will be holding auditions in India for 2020 entry on 8 December 2019 (Mumbai) and 9 December 2019 (Delhi).

For more information, visit our Auditions in Asia webpage

To register your interest in our auditions, please use our online form

If think you might be eligible for this scholarship and would like to know more, please contact

Applications submitted via UCAS Conservatoires by 1st March will be automatically considered for this award.  There is no separate application process.

Image: Jasiel Peter (credit Lidia Crisafulli)

Alumni round-up September & October 2019

Our round-up of some of the successes for Trinity Laban alumni.

This autumn, several alumni won awards. Tenor and vocal graduate Guy Elliott made it to the finals of Wigmore Hall Independent Opera International Song Competition and won the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Prize, while mezzo-soprano Bethany Horak Hallett won first prize at the 2019 Normandy International Baroque Music Competition Concours Corneille. Jazz alum Sahra Gure was announced as the 2019 winner of The Musicians Company Young Jazz Musician Competition following a final that feature two fellow alumni Ellie Bignall and Jessica Radcliffe.

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Elliott Morris has won the ‘Best Music’ prize at Italy’s premier world music festival. Now in its twelfth year, the Andrea Parodi World Music Festival hosts the only Italian World Music Contest. Elliott was shortlisted as one of just ten finalists, before being awarded the ‘Best Music’ accolade.

Dance alum Shelley Maxwell was named Best Choreographer at the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards for her work on English Touring Theatre’s Equus at Theatre Royal Stratford East, and our 2017/18 Fulbright Scholar Roman Baca received the Fulbright Program’s 2019 Selma Jeane Cohen Dance Lecture Award.

Shelley’s work on Equus has also picked up a nomination for Best Choreography of a New Production of a Play or Musical at this year’s Broadway World UK Awards. Another alum nominated this year was Matthew Bourne (Romeo & Juliet), shortlisted for Outstanding Achievement in a New Dance Production.  Four Quartets, choreographed by Pam Tanowitz, was also nominated for this award. The performance of Four Guartets at the Barbican featured alum Dylan Crossman.

This month we awarded Honorary Fellowships to alumni Gavin Greenaway, Paul Mounsey, John Powell, Emlyn Singleton and John Ashton Thomas in recognition of their professional accomplishments and collective contributions to film music. John Powell has also been awarded the World Soundtrack Awards 2019 – Public Choice Award for his score for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Alumni and current staff Laura Jurd and Mark Lockheart have both been nominated for Ivors Composer Awards for Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble. Trumpeter Laura is shortlisted for her work Jumping In, while saxophonist Mark’s work This Much I Know Is True has earned his nomination. Also shortlisted is alum Dai Fujikura, whose Flute Concerto has been nominated for the Chamber Ensemble award.

The Hermes Experiment, featuring alum Héloïse Werner, were shortlisted for 2019 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.

Congratulations to all our alumni nominated for One Dance UK Awards including Liv Lorent, Sanjoy Roy, Imogen Aujla, Professor Emma Redding, Khyle Eccles and Katy Chambers.

In September and October several alumni joined new companies, with vocal graduate Nardus Williams announced as a Harewood Artist 2019/20 at English National Opera, dance alum Hannah Connor joining Phoenix Dance Company as an Apprentice Dancer, and fellow alum Sophie Page joining Motionhouse as an Apprentice Dancer.

Giordana Patumi, who graduated in June 2018, is currently undertaking a master in Performing Arts Management with Accademia Teatro Alla Scala in Milan and has been invited to be an intern in the Production department of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. As part of his American Adventure he is collaborating with a UK based platform Dance Art Journal writing reviews about stateside performances.

In October 2017 dance graduate Olly Bell started at the Royal Opera House as a dancer in their new production of Death in Venice. In the new year Olly will be be joining Rosie Kay for the US tour of 5 Soldiers, following his involvement in the creation and pilot tour of 10 Soldiers this summer).

In the last couple of months, alumni have been showing work and performing in new places. Janine Harrington brought her performance and research work Screensavers to Nottdance 2019 on 10 October, a festival co-curated by fellow alum Matthias Sperling.

In a Proms premiere, Peter Edwards conducted the Nu Civilisation Orchestra in a an evening of jazz, gospel and Broadway-style music inspired by Duke Ellington’s three sacred concerts. Watch again.

Alum Ian Pope was busy singing Mozart this October, taking on the role of The Voice of Neptune in Rose Opera’s performance of Idomeneo, and Sarastro in a reduced version of The Magic Flute for Carshalton Opera.

Sadler’s Wells announced a fabulous spring 2020 season, which includes many alumni: Eleanor Perry (Thick & Tight), Alexandrina Hemsley, Chris Tandy (Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch), Matthew Sandiford (BalletBoyz), Aaron Chaplin (Phoenix Dance Theatre), Ching Chun Lee (Associate Artistic Director Cloud Gate Dance Theatre), Elly Braund (Richard Alston Dance Company), Liv Lorent, Mertixell Pan Cabo, Adam Russell, Caroline Reece, Virginia Scudeletti (all Ballet Lorent) and Eva Recacha.

Also at Sadler’s, James Pett presented new choreographic work at the Lilian Baylis Theatre on 8 October as part of Fabula Collective.

It was announced that Theo Arran will be performing with Möbius Dance. Fellow alumni Wilhelmina Ojanen and Amy Voris will be choreographing for the 2019-20 season.

Several dance alumni featured at Dance Umbrella this year. Described by The Guardian as a ‘massive talent and a hugely original voice’, Oona Doherty has been the featured artist, while Theo Lowe presented a new solo, and Sivan Rubenstein and Alexandrina Hemsley were selected to show work at Studio Sessions, designed to connect industry professionals with UK dance artists sharing work in progress

Baritone James Newby performed as part of the Wigmore Hall’s Britten Gala. Watch the full performance on the gramophone website.

Dance alum Monika Blaszczak was invited to perform her work Soliloquy at the Art House Eindhoven at the end of September as part of Seasoning – a curated quarterly event which introduces new works by local and international artists.

September and October saw a flurry of new albums released by alumni. After touring around the globe with Björk, Anoushka Shankar and Ólafur Arnalds, Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist Manu Delago presented his new album with a 9-piece ensemble at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Thurs 3 October.

Pianist Nafis Umerkulova celebrated the launch of her debut album, Darkness Illuminated, at St John’s Smith Square with an evening that included a solo recital and symphonic performances of work by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Alexander Scriabin and the rarely heard Alexei Stanchinsky.

Stjepan Hauser released his first official single this month, performing Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Theme with London Symphony Orchestra. Have a listen on YouTube.

Mark Kavuma launched his new album with band The Banger Factory on 18 Sept at The Jazz Café, and Serafina Steer released her new album The Mind Is A Trap on 27 Sep and played a launch show at Folklore in London on 2 Oct. Listen to the title track on YouTube.

Alumni were also featured in the media:

Olie Brice was interviewed by London Jazz News about the launch of his new album with Somersaults Trio, whilst PYJÆN received a brilliant review in Clash Magazine for their eponymous debut album.

Alum Mandeep Raikhy spoke to The India Express about his new work Anatomy of Belief which premiered in Delhi at the beginning of October, and Fabiana & Paula Chávez, who were nominated to take part in The Women of the Year award, spoke to ITV news about their project Piano without bars.

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance announced a celebratory programme to mark the company’s 21st birthday including film, a large-scale engagement project and a tour of The Little Prince.


  • Greta Gauhe presenting her work Nowhere at Chisenhale Dance on 30 November as part of a thought- provoking double bill of exciting dance works:
  • Tom Dale Company has announced dates for tour of new work Step Sonic
  • John Savournin currently appearing as Fotis in Opera North‘s production of The Greek Passion until 16 November
  • Jazz FM’s Vocalist of the Year, Cherise Adams-Burnett at the grand opening gala concert of the EFG London Jazz festival, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Other alumi involved in this year’s festival include: Oscar Jerome, Samuel eagles, Peter Edwards, Camilla George, Rosie turton, Elliot galvin, Sheila Maurice grey, Laura jurd, Cherise Adams Burnett, Emilia martensson, Shame Forbes, Mark Kavuma, Cassie Kinoshi, and Daniel Casimir.


Introducing our new Elliot Rosenblatt Memorial Scholar

We are delighted to announce that baritone Theo Perry has been selected as the 2019/20 recipient of the Elliot Rosenblatt Memorial Scholarship. 

Awarded to a postgraduate vocal student who shows exceptional potential, this is the second year the £5,000 scholarship has been presented thanks to the continued support of British lawyer and philanthropist Ian Rosenblatt OBE. Ian has been a longstanding supporter of emerging classical musicians, particularly in the field of opera.

Recipient Theo Perry is in the final year of his Master of Music at Trinity Laban, where he studies with Sophie Grimmer and Helen Yorke. Theo made his operatic debut in December 2018, singing two roles in Thea Musgrave’s A Christmas Carol with Trinity Laban Opera. He has since sung the title role in Don Giovanni with Rogue Opera, touring both the Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, and Hampton Hill Theatre, Surrey, and performed in concert with the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, Theo covered Brandon (Belcore) in The Elixir of Love at the King’s Head Theatre, Islington, in association with Opera’r Ddraig.

Theo comments –

“I am delighted to have been chosen as the recipient of the Elliot Rosenblatt Memorial Scholarship. It already has, and will continue to, allow me the invaluable opportunity of developing my vocal technique and artistry at Trinity Laban this academic year. It was an honour to meet Ian earlier this term, and I am so grateful for his support.”

Ian Rosenblatt comments –

“My late father Elliot Rosenblatt had a deep love and knowledge of the singing voice and his passion for this art form has been inherited by me. It is a joy to be able to honour his memory by supporting emerging vocal talent. He would love this.”

To find out more about vocal studies at Trinity Laban, visit our vocal pages.

Image L-R: Ian Rosenblatt OBE, Theo Perry (credit Trinity Laban)

Alum wins Black British Theatre Award 2019

Movement director Shelley Maxwell named Best Choreographer

Honouring black performers and creative talent in British theatre, the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards took place on 27 October at the Old Finsbury Town Hall in London, where alum Shelley Maxwell was awarded Best Choreographer for her work on Equus, a co-production by Theatre Royal Stratford East and English Touring Theatre.

Jamaican-born Shelley, who completed her Masters in Choreography at Trinity Laban in 2007, commented –

“I am honoured and humbled to receive this recognition amongst a pool of such talented peers. The establishment of the British Black Theatre Awards is, in itself, a cause for monumentous celebration.”

Shelley’s work on the production has also been nominated for Best Choreography of a New Production of a Play or Musical at the BroadwayWorld UK Awards 2019. Read The Stage’s recent interview with Shelley for insight into the production, which transferred to Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End for a nine-week run this summer.

Also shortlisted at the Black British Theatre Awards was internationally respected jazz choreographer, theatre director and educationalist Dollie Henry, a teacher in our Musical Theatre Department.

The awards were set up to raise the profile of the impact of black Britons on the country’s artistic industry.

Want to find out more about studying with us? Visit Trinity Laban’s Study pages

Image: Shelley Maxwell (credit: Jack Thomson)


Ivors Composer Awards 2019 nominations announced

Alumni and staff nominated for prestigious composition awards

The Ivors Composer Awards – previously known as the British Composer Awards –honour the best new works by UK contemporary composers in classical, jazz and sound art, with 33 individual works nominated across 11 categories.

This year alumni and current staff members Laura Jurd and Mark Lockheart have both been nominated in the category Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble. Trumpeter Laura is shortlisted for her work Jumping In, while saxophonist Mark’s work This Much I Know Is True has earned his nomination.

Also shortlisted is alum Dai Fujikura, whose Flute Concerto has been nominated for the Chamber Ensemble award.

As an award presented by fellow composers and songwriters to their peers, an Ivor Composer Award is a uniquely authentic and respected recognition of craft. The Academy holds a public call for entries and all eligible submissions are reviewed by juries specifically appointed by the Academy.

The Ivors Academy Chair, Crispin Hunt, said –

“We’re incredibly excited to honour a wide range of phenomenal talent, all of whom have demonstrated the highest quality of composition craft in their fields, engaging with and challenging the world around them.”

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 4 December 2019 at the British Museum.

To find out more about our composition department, visit our study pages.

Image: Mark Lockheart (credit Alexi Hemingway)


Announcing our brand-new podcast series

London’s Creative Conservatoire launches Trinity Laban Crosscurrent

We’re excited to bring youTrinity Laban Crosscurrent, our new music and dance podcast unearthing interesting and divergent stories in the performing arts through conversations with students, staff, alumni and friends of Trinity Laban.

In the first episode of the six-part series, composition alum and host Will Howarth talks to members of the Conservatoire’s community about what Black History Month means to them and how they are creating work which champions and recognises black excellence in the music and dance industries. 

Uchenna Ngwe, Research Degree Programme in Creative Practice student and co-founder of chamber music group The Decus Ensemble, talks about her research into the legacies of musicians of African descent and ways of promoting their work, illuminating many overlooked individuals who played a part in the landscape of classical music.

Having graduated from our BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance degree in 2017, Aaron Chaplin joined Phoenix Dance Theatre as an Apprentice Dancer through Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s professional apprenticeship scheme, becoming a junior dancer in August 2018. Aaron shares his experience of working with a company that creates provocative and conversation-starting work, including Windrush: Movement of the People (2018).

A walk through Greenwich with author and historian S.I Martin uncovers some of the significant black histories of this famous Royal borough of London. 

Stream or download the full episode now on Spotify or listen via our Soundcloud

Transcription and media can be found at

Trinity Laban Crosscurrent is produced by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the podcast contributors and do not necessarily represent those of the institution as a whole.


The Hollywood Five sat together

Hollywood Five Honoured by Trinity Laban

Alumni Gavin Greenaway, Paul Mounsey, John Powell, Emlyn Singleton and John Ashton Thomas receive Honorary Fellowships in recognition of their professional accomplishments and collective contributions to film music.

From composition, arrangement and orchestration to conducting and performing, Gavin Greenaway, Paul Mounsey, John Powell, Emlyn Singleton and John Ashton Thomas have all enjoyed extraordinary careers.

Between them, they have worked with iconic artists including Diana Ross, Jamie Cullum, Adele, Michael Bublé and Amy Winehouse, and amassed credits on blockbusters including Black Panther, The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more.

First meeting at Trinity College of Music (now known as Trinity Laban) in the 1980s, the five have continued to work together in various permutations, including collaborating on the score for Solo: A Star Wars Story, the eleventh instalment of one of the highest-grossing film franchises ever.

The five returned to the Conservatoire on Thursday 24 October to share shared industry insights, career highlights and personal memories of their student days.

The unique celebration included Q&A workshops with current composition students and an in-conversation evening event in the Laban Theatre led by Dominic Murcott, Head of Composition and Megan Storer, Masters student and Innovation Award Winner.

Speaking at the event about his studies, Award-winning composer John Powell, who has composed some of Hollywood’s top film scores including How to Train Your Dragon and the iconic Bourne trilogy, commented –

“Conservatoires are about the people that you are with during your studies and the influence they have on you. I was able to make a lot of music during my time here. I loved the fact that I was given the space to create.”

The spirited and entertaining evening concluded with the awarding of individual Honorary Fellowships, presented to the five by alum and current Governor Rebecca Allen, President of Decca Records UK.

The citation, read by our Principal, Anthony Bowne, included the following tribute –

“Collaboration is at the heart of what we do here at Trinity Laban, so it is wonderful to see our alumni fostering a core value of ours whilst making their mark on the profession.

Most people alive today are likely to have heard something that these five have been involved with, which is certainly an impressive thought.

They have demonstrated versatility, adaptability and creativity, and their work makes them true role models for students wanting to succeed in the notoriously competitive performing arts industry.”

As Honorary Fellows, the five join a glittering roster of industry-leading professionals including John Lunn, Gary Crosby OBE, Gillian Moore CBE, Jude Kelly CBE, Richard Alston, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, and Lin Hwai-min.

Find out more about studying at Trinity Laban on our composition pages.

Image – top row L-R: John Powell & Gavin Greenaway; bottom row L-R: Paul Mounsey, Emlyn Singleton & John Ashton Thomas (credit Tas Kyprianou)


Sophie Page on being an Apprentice Dancer

Alum Sophie Page talks to us about joining dance-circus production company Motionhouse.

This September Sophie Page, a 2016 dance graduate, joined Motionhouse as an Apprentice Dancer.

The company, founded in 1988 by alum Louise Richards in 1988 with Kevin Finnan MBE, creates world class dance-circus productions that tour extensively to rave reviews across the globe.

From full-length productions for theatre touring to flexible work for the outdoors and large-scale performance events, their sell-out productions integrate athletic physicality, powerful narrative, incredible digital imagery and emotive sound scores and takes its inspiration from common human concerns and our connection to the world in which we live. 

Sophie joins fellow alumni Rosie Macari, Bryn Aled and Beth Pattison already dancing with the company. 

We caught up with Sophie to find out what she’s been up to.

Q: Tell us a bit about your past experience

S.P.: I’ve come from living in Kent, to moving to London and then training at Trinity Laban. I work a lot in improvisation, where I felt my field of interest lay, but coming to Motionhouse I’m wanting to broaden my horizons and challenge myself.

Q: Tell us a bit about your apprenticeship with Motionhouse

S.P.: Motionhouse offers this apprenticeship through Northern School of Contemporary Dance, as a placement in order to then complete a Masters. At the end of my 10 months with Motionhouse, I will go on to do my research project over the next 3 months. Once I’ve completed that, I will have had a great year of training plus a Masters which I can help progress my career with.

Q: How long will you be staying at Motionhouse and why did you choose the company?

S.P.: I started with Motionhouse mid-September and I’m going to be here for a total of 10 months. Motionhouse is a really great opportunity to learn new skills such acrobatics and aerial, which not many places offer. There is also great educational outreach opportunities, teaching and helping in the community with Motionhouse classes that are really fulfilling to be a part of.

Q: What are you most looking forward to?

S.P.: With Motionhouse, I have such an eagerness to learn and it’s great. It’s a really open space, you can kind of pull anyone aside to help you with something. I want to physically push my body and my limits of what I can do.

Q: And once you complete your training, what do you hope to achieve?

S.P.: After this year of training with Motionhouse, I’m hoping to be as versatile as I can be – to be able to offer myself to a company – whether that be Motionhouse or not, that’s not up to me – and have the versatility to do endless things.

Since she started with Motionhouse in September, Sophie has been involved in the creation of a new commission and will perform a role in the finished piece from January to March 2020. She will also be part of the creation process for a soon to be announced upcoming theatre production, premiering in August 2020.

Find out more about studying dance at Trinity Laban at

Image: Sophie Page on set for Motionhouse’s Captive (credit Ellie Welford)

City Music Foundation Artists 2019 announced

Alum Iyad Sughayer has been selected for young artists development programme

Award-winning international concert pianist Iyad Sughayer is one of six solo musicians named as this year’s City Music Foundation (CMF) Artists.

The programme, run by CMF since 2013, provides professional musicians in the UK in the early stages of their careers with expert advice, guidance and support to help them to build successful careers in music.

On being named a CMF Artist, Iyad comments –

“I am very honoured to have been chosen as a City Music Artist and look forward to working with the amazing team at CMF on a number of exciting projects, as well as receiving their help, support and advice. Having recently graduated, the prestigious CMF scheme is the perfect platform to help me transition from being a student to a professional artist.”

Jordanian-Palestinian Iyad completed his Master’s degree at Trinity Laban in 2018 under the guidance of Martino Tirimo and Peter Tuite. During his studies he was awarded the prestigious Trinity Laban Gold Medal, following a stunning recital of piano music by Aram Khachaturian and Franz Liszt at Kings Place.

On 1 November 2019, BIS Records will release Iyad’s debut album, which features Khachaturian’s solo works.

This month, Iyad made his US debut performing in New York, Philadelphia, Delaware and Washington DC, as well as at the Castleton Festival in Virginia. Future engagements include recitals in the Middle East, Europe and throughout the UK.

To find out more about the CMF Artist Programme, visit the CMF website

Learn more about studying at Trinity Laban by visiting our Keyboard Department Pages

Image credit: Juno Snowdon Photography