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Jerwood Foundation gives annual grant to TL’s Strings Department

Jerwood Foundation has given an annual grant to Trinity Laban for the Jerwood International Chair of Violoncello and Chamber Music at Trinity Laban for three years and Trinity Laban String Ensemble: Jerwood Concerts and Tour over two years.

This grant has enabled us to employ Raphael Wallfisch as our International Chair of Violonchello and Chamber Music from the academic year 2022/23. Raphael Wallfisch is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage.

Trinity Laban String Ensemble concerts and tours will commence in 2023 and will feature TL students, giving them the benefit of industry facing experience.

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Introducing TL’s Bagri Foundation Scholar 2022/23

London’s creative conservatoire is delighted to announce Hao Zi Yoh as the new recipient of the Bagri Foundation Scholarship. The Malaysian-born pianist joined Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Music on the one-year Artist Diploma Programme this September.  

Supported by the Bagri Foundation, talented young musician Hao Zi Yoh will study within Trinity Laban’s internationally celebrated Keyboard Department. The Artist Diploma is an ideal bridge to the music profession for advanced students who have already completed a postgraduate programme. During this academic year, she will further develop her technical, musical and entrepreneurial skills, work with fellow artists and study under renowned-pianist Martino Tirimo. 

The Bagri Foundation Scholarship

The Scholarship is part of the Foundation’s mission to encourage emerging artists from Asia to develop their work, especially those in need of additional financial support. Established in 1990, the Bagri Foundation is committed to individual excellence in the arts. It works collaboratively across artistic disciplines to engage and inspire, raising the visibility of artists and experts from across Asia and the Diaspora. 

As a Bagri Foundation Scholar at Trinity Laban, Hao Zi will continue to cultivate her distinct and individual artistic voice through performance, mentoring and collaboration to confidently enter the music world with a highly evolved professional profile and portfolio. 

Hao Zi’s plans

On being awarded the scholarship Hao Zi Yoh comments –  

“Being an international student, funding has always been a huge concern especially as a musician, where countless hours are spent in a practice room before performing to an audience.   

The Bagri Foundation Scholarship has been crucial in providing me the opportunity to further explore and widen my horizon as an Artist Diploma student, learning from incredibly experienced professors and still take part in international competitions and performances throughout the year. This would not be possible without such generous scholarship to aide my journey as a growing musician. I am immensely grateful.” 

Making a real difference

Trinity Laban’s Director of Music, Havilland Willshire comments –  

“Trinity Laban is a leader for international development in arts education and innovation, and we are proud to continue to work with the Bagri Foundation to further our commitment to widening access for talented and dedicated international students. Our relationship with the Foundation is highly valued and of huge importance to us in helping to support young performing artists from Asia.” 

Alka Bagri, Trustee of the Bagri Foundation says –  

“The Foundation is pleased to continue our partnership with Trinity Laban with the Bagri Foundation Scholarship. With our roots in education, we are excited to continue this legacy and to make a real difference to the artists we support. We cannot wait to see how Hao Zi develops her talents on the Artist Diploma programme and look forward to working with her and Trinity Laban throughout the academic year.” 

Interested in studying music at Trinity Laban? Download our digital prospectus here.


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TL Trombones’ visit to Juilliard School

Read trombone student, Sam Stokes’ blog about his once-in-a-lifetime trip to the world leading Juilliard School. During the week, our five trombone students, worked with the Joe Alessi, Juilliard staff member and principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.

The Trombone department at Trinity Laban had been preparing for this trip to New York for nearly three years. With the pandemic restrictions finally eased, it was once again looking feasible for the trip to go ahead!

Our audition was a masterclass, playing to Helen Vollam, Principal Trombone of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. It seemed so unbelievable at the time, that less than a month later, some of us would be in America! After a quick turnaround of all of our documentation and some last-minute packing, the five of us found ourselves at Gatwick Airport, with Carol Jarvis, our tutor for the trip.

First day at Juilliard

After recovering from the jet lag, and a little bit of sightseeing, we were thrown straight in at the deep end, participating in and listening to a masterclass with several Juilliard trombone students. And led by none other than the world-renowned Joe Alessi. After listening to some incredible performances, we performed as a quintet some repertoire that we had prepared before the trip. Mr. Alessi gave us some very constructive feedback, which prepared us for our performance in a few days’ time. 

That evening, we heard the Juilliard Orchestra rehearse Stravinsky’s The Firebird, for their forthcoming concert at Carnegie Hall, led by their conductor, David Robertson.

They rehearsed quickly and professionally. Mr. Alessi and his students invited us for pizza afterwards. A good opportunity for us to bond with the Juilliard students and get to know what the student life at Juilliard is like.

Fellow TL student Lance’s chess ‘know-how’ proved to be a hit, with Mr. Alessi challenging him to a match! 

Carnegie Hall

After a full day of practice, both for our performance as a quintet and individually for our lessons later in the week, we watched the Juilliard Orchestra play at the iconic Carnegie Hall.  With David Bahanovich, TL’s Dean of Music, we enjoyed a very professional performance, and we were lucky enough to have sat directly next to some of the offstage brass section!  

New York Philharmonic

The next day, we were invited to a rehearsal with the New York Philharmonic, ahead of their opening concert in the new David Geffen Hall, just across the road from the Juilliard building.

We were all amazed by the brand-new space and felt very lucky to hear the orchestra rehearse. It was a lovely surprise to hear the brass section performing some Gabrielli, simply reviewed by Jonathan as “the best thing he has ever heard”.

Following the rehearsal, we enjoyed a rehearsal of the Juilliard trombone choir. They performed some intricately prepared repertoire, led by the brilliant John Rojak, from the American Brass Quintet. We were then asked to join them in playing some Gabrielli, which was an immensely inspiring experience, learning a lot from our colleagues! 

Sam’s highlight of the trip

One of the highlights of the trip for me, was getting to have a one-to-one lesson with Joe Alessi.  I spent the hour with him going back to basics, spending time focusing solely on tone and production, and thinking about the basic elements of playing.

We spent time thinking about the basic elements that go into playing a scale. I really enjoyed the opportunity to step back, away from all the complex exercises and pieces, that it is so easy to focus on.  

Lance’s favourite part

Lance was very lucky to have a lesson with Nick Schwartz whilst we were over in New York, and this is what he had to say about the experience.

During the New York trip, I was notified on one of the days that Nick Schwartz wanted to give me a lesson on bass trombone. At first, I said yes, but had no clue who Nick Schwartz was in the trombone world.

Carol Jarvis then stated that Nick is “the most mental bass trombonist” she has worked with from her travels in the United States. I therefore proceeded to do some research on Nick and found a picture of him on the Mannes School of Music website.

My immediate reaction was utter shock as I recognised him from his appearance. I went on to YouTube and pulled up the following video – Epic Low Brass “The Rains of Castamere” Game of Thrones (Cover for 40+ Low Brass). Nick is featured sitting on the right of Joe Alessi and George Curran on the left, two of New York’s finest bass trombonists. Now I had an idea of what I would be in for.

The lesson was one to remember! We spent the majority of the time working on orchestral extracts from Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 – 4th Movement, and Haydn’s Creation. The concept of working on fundamentals remained the focal point throughout the session. The idea of working on slurred legato passages by using glissando exercises by moving quicker between the notes to connect them, allowed for a more consistent smooth tone colour and sound.

I also worked on distinguishing the dynamic contrasts in Haydn’s Creation where it is much quieter than you think, and this allows the notes to flow more freely. There was a crucial emphasis on the articulation in Haydn’s Creation as the performer needs to distinguish clear articulation markings.

The last thing we worked on was a study from the Marco Bordogni Bel Canto book for Tuba or Bass Trombone. With the studies in this book, the most important character is the legato phrasing. There was more attention to fundamentals where we did more of the glissando exercises.

After the lesson, we shared some insights on our lives in London and New York City. I enquired about what music books would be beneficial to me going forward. Nick took me to the Juilliard store and bought some useful study books for me. A very kind gesture!  I will never forget the experience and will always take the opportunity to go back to New York in future.

An inspirational opportunity

There are so many incredible experiences that I could list from this trip. I think it is important that I thank Trinity Laban, and, our wonderful sponsor, Richard Gaddes, for such an inspirational time in the Big Apple. It is an experience that I almost certainly think will shape the rest of my career.

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TL appoints Dr Aleksander Szram as new Director of Music

London’s Creative Conservatoire has appointed Dr. Aleksander Szram as its new Director of Music, following an extensive international search. 

Aleks will take up the position in February 2023, following current Director of Music, Havilland Willshire’s retirement at the end of this year. 

Aleks joined Trinity Laban’s teaching staff 15 years ago and is currently Programme Leader of the BMus and Foundation programmes, a Reader in Performance Studies and a Senior Teaching Fellow supervising creative practice PhDs. 

Trinity Laban’s Principal, Anthony Bowne, said:  

“I am very pleased that Dr. Aleks Szram has been appointed as the new Director of Music at Trinity Laban. I am confident that Aleks’ passion for the conservatoire, inclusive leadership style, and vision for the future will equip him to lead our Faculty of Music to further successes as we continue to deliver the objectives of our strategic plan. 

“Aleks will be a worthy successor to Havilland Willshire who, since 2018, has led our Faculty of Music with generosity, collegiality and an unwavering commitment to educational excellence.” 

Dr. Aleks Szram, said:  

“I am delighted and honoured to become Trinity Laban’s new Director of Music. I am looking forward to working with our extraordinarily talented staff and students and building upon on our rich history of innovation while providing an inclusive environment that supports all our students to achieve success.”   

Trinity Laban’s Director of Music provides strategic, artistic and educational direction and leadership for the Faculty of Music and ensures that its programmes, performance activities and business plans are implemented effectively.  


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TL student in final of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2022

Congratulations to Luke Bacchus, 4th year BMus (Hons) Jazz piano student, for reaching the final of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2022. The prestigious event celebrates some of the UK’s most talented emerging jazz performers.

The biennial celebration of the most talented up-and-coming musicians on the British jazz scene, BBC Young Jazz Musician 2022 returns with a live final at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on Saturday 19 November.

Luke is one of five shortlisted finalists – aged 20 to 23.  They will showcase their talents accompanied by the acclaimed Nikki Yeoh’s Infinitum trio.

The Live Final

Staged in collaboration with the EFG London Jazz Festival, the Final will be broadcasted on BBC Four on Sunday 20 November from 8pm, presented by Jamz Supernova and Huw Stephens, both DJs and broadcasters.

All five young musicians will present a 14-minute set from the standard jazz repertoire. And each performance will include at least one piece composed or arranged by themselves.

The judging panel are saxophonist and composer Camilla George, pianist, composer and producer Bill Laurance, and member of global phenomenon Snarky Puppy and vocalist Claire Martin, OBE. Plus, TL alumni, multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer Emma-Jean Thackray and composer, singer and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

Suzy Klein, BBC Head of Arts and Classical Music TV, said: “We are delighted to support some exceptional new British jazz talent, and to share their inspiring performances with audiences at home. It is such a privilege to shine a light on these rising stars, supporting them as they take their first steps in their careers in the music industry.”

2020 Winner

2020 winner, TL alum and jazz tutor, pianist Deschanel Gordon, is building a successful career performing in the UK and beyond. Only last month he featured on Reader’s Digest’s list of 50 Inspirational young UK jazz artists and composers to listen to as part of their profile piece on the UK jazz scene.

Where to watch and listen

As well as to the coverage on BBC Four, BBC iPlayer will host the Final for 12 months after initial broadcast, and BBC Radio 3 will broadcast event highlights on Saturday 3 December as part of J to Z, also on BBC Sounds.

Tickets for the live Final at the Queen Elizabeth Hall can be bought here.

Good luck Luke!

Interested in studying Jazz? Head to our Jazz pages to learn more.

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Alumni Round Up October 2022

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

Premieres and Performances

October saw many exciting premieres and performances from our alumni. Oona Doherty’s Navy Blue premiered in the UK at Sadler’s Wells. The piece was reviewed in the Guardian, who also interviewed Oona in the lead up to the premiere.  

Sandeep Gurrapadi appeared in The Shoemaker with the Welsh National Opera. 

Adrien Mastrosimone’s show What Makes A Man returned to Vienna this month. 

Manu Delago appeared in concert with Anouska Shankar and the Britten Sinfonia. 

Nardus Williams featured as Contessa Almaviva in Glyndebourne’s The Marriage of Figaro, which ran at the venue this month, and will tour in November. Nardus is also highlighted in The Arts Desk’s review of Wigmore Hall’s recent Vaughan Williams anniversary concert. 

Ayanna Witter-Johnson has been on tour with Andrea Bocelli this month. 

Dance Umbrella’s digital festival featured Sarah Golding and Yukiko Masui’s SAY: AF (And Friends), as well as two film pieces from Oona Doherty. 

Dai Fujikura’s Glorious Clouds received its UK premiere at the BBCSO’s anniversary concert this month. 

Gothic Opera, created by Beatrice De Larragoti, Alice Usher, and Charlotte Osborn, ran a double bill of Louise Bertin’s Le Loup-garou and Pauline Viardot’s Le dernier sorcier at The Round Chapel in Hackney from 27 October to 1 November, with fellow alumni Ashley Mercer, Anna McLachlan, Lars Fischer, and Ellie Kemp in the cast. 

Corrie Dick released her new album Sun Swells this month. Fellow alumni Laura Jurd and Dave Malkin also feature on the album. 

Jessica Walker’s Scene/Unseen, an autobiographical cabaret performance, received this review from West End Best Friend. Scene/Unseen is available on English Touring Opera’s website until December. 


Interviews and Features

Several alumni were interviewed and appeared in some great features this month. Matthew Bourne was interviewed in the Guardian, discussing storytelling in dance. 

Valentina Ciardelli and Anna Astesano featured in the Strad, ahead of the UK premiere of their harp and double bass duo work Ruutsu this month. 

Moses Boyd featured in a video interview for British audio brand Bowers and Wilkin. 

Reader’s Digest’s recent article on the UK jazz scene draws attention to Ezra Collective, Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, and Tomorrow’s Warriors. Several more alumni feature on their list of 50 Inspirational young UK jazz artists and composers to listen to, including:

  • Moses Boyd 
  • Cherise Adams-Burnett 
  • Xhosa Cole 
  • Elliot Galvin 
  • Nubya Garcia 
  • Deschanel Gordon 
  • Laura Jurd 
  • Cassie Kinoshi 
  • Mark Kavuma 
  • Sheila Maurice-Grey 


Announcements and Awards

Announcements and awards also saw many alumni in the news this month. 

The shortlists for the 2022 International Opera Awards, which will be held in November, have been announced. Nardus Williams and John Savournin both appear in the Rising Talent category. 

The 2022 Jazz FM Awards were held this month. Emma-Jane Thackeray won Album of the Year for Yellow, and Chelsea Carmichael won Breakthrough Act of the Year. Mark Kavuma was shortlisted for Instrumentalist of the Year, and Kokoroko was shortlisted for UK Jazz Act of the Year. 

Cecilia McDowall has been nominated for a 2022 Ivors Academy Composition Award for her piece There is no rose.  


Coming Up

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! will be screened in cinemas in November.  

Bethany Horak-Hallet is one of the soloists for Really Big Chorus’ Messiah from Scratch at the Royal Albert Hall in November. 

EFG London Jazz Festival returns in November, with many jazz alumni lined up to perform. 

Sheila Maurice-Grey and Chelsea Carmichael will be performing at Jazzfest Berlin in November. 

James Darch has been cast as Gino Bartali in Glory Ride at The Other Palace, running 14 to 16 November. 


Edel Quinn presenting Sonia Rafferty with her IADMS Dance Educator award. Both are standing together against a white background, Both are smiling at the camera holding the award cupped in their hands.

TL Dance Science Programme Leader wins IADMS Dance Educator Award 2022

Congratulations to Sonia Rafferty, Programme Leader, BSc Dance Science, who recently received the IADMS Dance Educator Award 2022 at this year’s annual International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Conference in Limerick, Ireland. IADMS is a global network of medical professionals, educators, dancers, and researchers, committed to dancers’ health and improving health through dance.

Sonia was presented with her award by last year’s winner, Edel Quin. Edel is a Trinity Laban alum and former MSc Dance Science Programme Leader. She is now the Programme Leader for BSc Dance Science at Chichester University.

On receiving her award, Sonia said:

“I’m really honoured to be recognised with this award by my amazing colleagues in the IADMS international community and fellow practitioners in both dance science and education. Very proud of the work we’ve all done!”

Trinity Laban is known internationally as a leader in Dance Science. We offer dance science education, research and clinical services for the dance profession. We further benefit from strong industry links and professional networks.

We’re proud that our teaching staff have been recognised for their expertise and contributions.

Interested in studying Dance Science? Then join us for our forthcoming Dance Science Open Day on 15 December 2022.

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Mass Dance comes to Lewisham. Group of dancers in seven rows across a large open stage dancing with one leg raised to the knee and their hands above their head. They are wearing brightly coloured trousers and tops.

Mass Dance Comes To Lewisham

Did you catch Close To Home: The Mass Dance Event a few weeks ago?

On 22 and 23 October, hundreds of dancers, of all ages, came together for an inspiring performance. Close to Home: The Mass Dance Event weaved together real-life stories of migration, community, activism and history through movement and music.

It was a privilege to have 70 undergraduate dance students participate in the core group of performers.  A small group of performers from our local older adults groups, Boundless and Voices in Motion participated too.

Mass Dance built upon the success Hope 4 Justice in the summer, the culmination of over a year-long engagement by TL’s Children and Young People and Public Engagement programmes which involved over 700 young people from 26 local schools in a music, dance and spoken word performance calling for action on the climate emergency.

Mass Dance was directed by Alleyne Dance, presented by We Are Lewisham in partnership with Albany Deptford and IRIE! dance theatre in association with Dance Umbrella and Trinity Laban, as part of the London Borough of Culture 2022 programme. We are proud have been part of We Are Lewisham and look forward to developing further collaborations with leading artists and local young people in Lewisham.

Check out Alleyne Dance’s fantastic Instagram Stories, showcasing the build-up to the event and exciting performances over that weekend.

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Alumni Round Up September 2022

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


TL alumni have released lots of new music this September.

Camilla George released her new album Ibio-Ibio on September 30. The album also features alumni Rosie Turton, Daniel Casimir and Sheila Maurice-Grey.  Camilla and Daniel also feature on Jazz re:freshed’s live EP Outernational Live from Studio Two Abbey Road, which was released this month. 

Stelios Kyriakdis released his new album, Agalia, in September. 

New Woods Collective, a trio made up of alumni Hannah Shilvock, Christina Alishaw, and current PHD student Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser released their debut album Branches. The album features music by TL composition alumni Michael Clulow and James Hurst and is mixed and mastered by Ben Leigh-Grossart. 

Oscar Jerome released his second album, The Spoon, this month. 

Olie Brice released his new album Fire Hills this month. 

Laura Jurd has released her new album, The Big Friendly Album. 

Ezra Collective (the jazz-grime group featuring Femi Koleoso and Joe Armon-Jones) have released a new single from their upcoming album Where I’m Meant To Be, Ego Killah. 

Stjepan Hauser released his solo album The Player this month.  



Alumni were also involved in exciting performances and premieres this month. The Time Traveller’s Wife musical premiered in September, with choreography by Shelley Maxwell. 

En Route to Common Ground, an outdoor, moving dance project created by Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance Company, took place in Woolwich at the beginning of September. 

(Ġagħel) Gaghel Dingli performed an on-the-street dance piece this month, protesting against the commercial takeover of public spaces. 

Ieva Dubova performed the UK live premiere of her Preludes at the start of September. 

The chamber opera The Red Room premiered in September, as part of Tete a Tete Opera Festival 2022, with music written by alum Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour. 

Pianist GeNIA performed as part of a fundraising concert for the children of Kharkiv on September 30, along with Bill Nighy and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and other British and Ukrainian musicians. The total amount raised was £7,000. 

Alexandrina Hemsley’s dance company Yewande 103’s film dance piece Fountain began a tour of Picturehouse cinemas around the UK in September, which will continue into October. 

Femi Koleoso has continued to tour with Gorillaz.  

Georgi Mottram hosted the Pride of Jersey award ceremony. 



Alumni were also in the news with big announcements in September. Malik Nashad Sharpe is named on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for Arts and Culture in Europe. 

Peter Fenech has joined Southbank Sinfonia. 

Several alumni have been nominated for an award at the Jazz FM Awards 2022, including the band Kokoroko, Emma-Jean Thackray, Mark Kavuma and Chelsea Carmichael. 

John Savournin’s production of Patience with Charles Court Opera has been nominated for two Offies. 


Coming Up

Candoco Dance Company returns to Trinity Laban with a double bill from two boundary-breaking New York based choreographers: Trisha Brown and Jeanine Durning. These performances will also be the last for two of our alumni, Megan Armishaw and Olivia Edginton, who completed their undergraduate degrees at TL and the MA in Dance Performance with Transitions Dance Company. Since graduating, they have been core members of Candoco for seven and six years respectively. 

Sarah Golding and Yukiko Masui’s new production the album is on tour in October. 

Oona Doherty’s piece Navy Blue premieres in the UK at Sadler’s Wells in October. 


A close headshot of Keith Corprew the Fulbright Scholar at Trinity Laban for 2022 to 2023. He is wearing black shirt and behind him is a dark coloured background

Introducing TL’s Fulbright Scholar 2022/23

Progressing the future of contemporary dance

Dedicated to studying the impact of racial identity and masculinity on Black men, Virginia-born Keith Corprew has begun his MFA in Creative Practice: Transdisciplinary at Trinity Laban and is the conservatoire’s newest Fulbright-Trinity Laban Postgraduate Scholar. 

Through exploring how racial identity and masculinity can have a profound effect on Black men’s sense of belonging, Keith’s degree will consider what it means to be a Black man in the UK today. 

Keith graduated with a BA in Philosophy and French Studies from Morehouse College, Atlanta in 2017. Alongside his undergraduate studies he took dance classes within the Dance Department at Spelman College, Atlanta, and was an active participant in the Spelman Dance Theater program and a member of the Morehouse College Honors Program and various performing arts organisations.  

In 2020, he was awarded a Master’s in Theological Studies with a certificate in Black Church Studies from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.  

Before joining Trinity Laban this September, he worked as an administrator with Morehouse College’s Howard Thurman Honors Program for five years with a specific focus on using literature and digital media to engage students in discussions concerning Black culture and life. 

Keith plans to use his postgraduate training to create spaces and further works that amplify the voices of Black men from communities all over the world and affirm them in their commonalities and differences as Black men.  While in the UK, he hopes to learn more about Black British history and culture and the similarities that may exist between them and his own as an African American. 

His first project at Trinity Laban will be to conduct a series of community workshops where Black men will be invited to participate in both discussions and activities to share their views of what it means to be a Black man in the UK. 

On joining the Trinity Laban community Keith says –  

“I am elated to study at Trinity Laban, especially with the support the institution provides to develop its students as artists, researchers, and community practitioners. This truly feels like a providential moment in my life, to delve deeper into my artistry and scholarship within a supportive community committed to making real change in and through the arts across the world. I am immensely grateful for this opportunity provided through Trinity Laban’s partnership with the Fulbright Program.” 

Sara Matthews, Director of Dance, comments – 

“Trinity Laban is thrilled to welcome Keith Corprew to the Faculty of Dance as this year’s Fulbright Scholar, continuing a rich tradition of cultural exchange and innovation. The international community Keith is joining will help support his development as a change-maker, as he continues to take exciting steps to advance the art form of dance.” 

Trinity Laban Principal Anthony Bowne comments – 

“Trinity Laban is a world leading conservatoire, and we are proud to be a partner of the renowned Fulbright Scholarship Programme. Fulbright Scholarships are highly sought after and greatly extend the financial support Trinity Laban can offer the world’s best prospective postgraduate students. The Fulbright-Trinity Laban Scholar will be immersed in high-quality teaching and a diverse and international student community, in the world’s most vibrant and exciting city.” 

US-UK Fulbright Commission Executive Director Maria Balinska comments – 

“Keith is a testament to the Fulbright Programme’s commitment to civically engaged artistic excellence. We’re excited to see the outcome of his creative exchanges with the dance community at Trinity Laban and proud to be partnering for a sixth year with the only Conservatoire of Music and Contemporary Dance in the UK.” 

The US-UK Fulbright programme is the only international education exchange to go both ways across the Atlantic and whose vision is a world in which there are no obstacles to learning, understanding and collaboration. 

Previous Trinity Laban recipients include Ballet and Contemporary Dance Teacher William Bryam US Marines veteran and Artistic Director of Exit12 Dance Company (New York) Roman Baca, who was awarded the Fulbright Association’s Selma Jeanne Cohen Dance Lecture Award, and Washington-born pianist Garrett Snedeker who won a Barzun Prize for Youth Engagement to pioneer a music project to engage under-served teenagers in Southeast London. 

Find out more about the Fulbright Scholarship, including how to apply for 2023, on the conservatoire’s Fees and Finance pages. To learn about studying on the MA/MFA Creative Practice programme at Trinity Laban, click here. 

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Alumni Round Up August 2022

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

Alumni have been the subjects of exciting announcements this month.  Sarah Golding and Yukiko Masui are part of the new cohort of DanceEast Associate Artists, and will be working closely with the organisation until April 2025. 

Edwin Pitt Mansfield has been elected Chair of the Association of Teachers of Singing, the leading representative body for singing teachers in the UK, for 2022-2024.  

Nikki Iles has been announced as composer-in-residence for 2023 with NDR Bigband. 

Ezra Collective (the jazz-grime group featuring Femi Koleoso and Joe Armon-Jones) has announced their new album Where I’m Meant To Be, which will be released in November. They have also released a single this month, Life Goes On, a musical collaboration with rapper Sampa the Great. 

Ayanna Witter Johnson has been nominated for Best Live Performer at the 2022 Association of Independent Music Awards 2022.  Ayanna was also one of several alumni with notable features in August, appearing as one of Andi Oliver’s guests for the BBC Prom Cynthia Erivo: Legendary Voices at the Proms. 

Akram Khan featured on an episode of the BBC podcast This Cultural Life. 

Dance Magazine’s performance recommendations for August featured Oona Doherty’s Navy Blue, in Hamburg and touring Europe. Fellow alum Emily May’s review in Frieze calls the piece “a cathartic and cleansing outburst of dejection and anxiety”. Navy Blue is set to premiere in the UK in October. 

Many alumni have released new works this August. Oscar Jerome has released a new single, Berlin 1, and announced his second album, The Spoon, which will be released on 23 September. 

Kokoroko (the jazz band featuring alumni Sheila Maurice-Grey and Cassie Kinoshi) have released their debut album Could We Be More this month, which is already receiving great reviews from the likes of the Guardian and Gigwise. 

Partikel, the jazz trio featuring alum Duncan Eagles on saxophone, released their new album Anniversary Song this month, to very positive reviews. Duncan was also interviewed by London Jazz News on the release, and the band’s belated ten-year anniversary. 

Made Kuti has released a new single, No More Wars 

Dai Fujikura has released a new album, Aquarius. 

Olie Brice was interviewed in London Jazz News, ahead of his album launch this September. 

Alumni also contributed to major stage successes this month. James Darch has starred in Identical at Nottingham Playhouse, a new musical based on The Parent Trap that has drawn positive reviews. 

The hit play Cruise returned to the West End this month ahead of a tour later this year. Sarah Golding’s movement direction is a highlight. 

Opera Holland Park’s HMS Pinafore took to the stage this month, with John Savournin as Captain Cocoran and directing. The production earned very positive reviews including Operawire and Britishtheatre.com 

John also directed a production of Iolanthe at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival this month, and Charles Court Opera’s Patience at Wilton’s Music Hall throughout August. 

Nardus Williams sang solo soprano in Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D Major at the BBC Proms this month, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The performance was well reviewed in the Guardian. 

Ashley Beauchamp was musical director for Janacek’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared at Waterperry Opera Festival in August. Trinity Laban students also featured in Johnathan Dove’s Figures in the Garden at the festival. 

Tali F. Bowers brought her one-woman show Monoslogue, a piece about the challenges of life with chronic pain, to the Edinburgh Fringe this month. 

Coming Up

Camilla George’s new album Ibio-Ibio, also featuring alumni Daniel Casimir and Sheila Maurice-Grey, will be released on 30 September. 

The upcoming musical The Time Traveller’s Wife will premiere in September, with choreography by Shelley Maxwell. 

The chamber opera The Red Room, with music by Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour, premieres in September as part of Tete a Tete Opera Festival 2022.