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New BMus Programme Leader Announced

Trinity Laban welcomes Dr Emilie Capulet to Trinity Laban as the new programme leader for Trinity Laban’s BMus. Emilie takes over from Dr Aleksander Szram, who took on the role of Director of Music in February.

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Dr Emilie Capulet

Emilie is an award-winning pianist, lecturer and musicologist with a versatile interdisciplinary background that crosses over from music to literature, and from historical enquiry to innovative multimedia performance. Emilie is committed to enhancing the student experience by bringing together theory and practice in order to create an inclusive and interdisciplinary curriculum, leading students to rethink the way we approach the histories and contexts of music performance today. Read more about Emilie’s background.

Aleksander Szram, Director of Music, says:

I’m delighted to be handing the BMus over to Emilie, whose extensive and broad-reaching experience marries brilliantly to Trinity Laban’s values. I know that she will create a culture that embraces the diversity and individuality of our students, encouraging and instilling collaboration and curiosity into the heart of the programme. She will ensure that the BMus continues to respond to the vast opportunities of the global music industry, allowing our students space to finetune their creative identities and build confidence for their future careers.

Camilla George stands against a bright orange background. She is wearing a white shirt and colourful skirt. She is holding her saxophone and looking to her left. Camilla has been nominated at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2023 for 'Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year'.

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2023 nominees announced

Congratulations to TL alumni, staff and partners: Camilla George, Hannah HortonAmy Gadiaga, Julian Siegel, Kevin Le Gendre, Tomorrow’s Warriors, Janine Irons on their nominations at the All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2023.

This year’s nominees recognise a wide-range of musicians, organisations, venues and jazz media, who have made an impression in the past year. The winners will be announced on 4 July.

John Spellar MP, Co-Chair of APPJG, said: “These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the talents and energies of the great musicians, educators, promoters, record labels, jazz organisations, blogs, jazz magazines and journalists who helped kept jazz flourishing. These shortlists demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 18th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honour the best of British jazz. MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event.”

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year
Emma Smith
Jo Harrop
Georgia Cécile
Elaine Delmar

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
Alcyona Mick
Art Themen
Camilla George
Gary Husband

Jazz Album of the Year
Ubunye: ‘Ubunye’
Trish Clowes: ‘A View with a Room’
Jo Harrop and Paul Edis: ‘When Winter Turns To Spring’

Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Alex Hitchcock and Ant Law Quartet
Julian Siegel Big Band

Jazz Newcomer of the Year
Sultan Stevenson
Amy Gadiaga
Hannah Horton

Jazz Venue of the Year
The Verdict, Brighton
Jazz at the Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Magy’s Farm, Dromara, County Down, NI

Jazz Media Award
Kevin Le Gendre
Jazzwise Magazine
The Jazz Rag

Jazz Education Award
Tomorrows Warriors
Hanna Horton: J Steps, Saffron Centre For Young Musicians, Saffron Walden
Karen Gourlay: Head of Leeds Junior Conservatoire

Jazz Photographer Award
Monika S. Jakubowska
William Ellis
Tatiana Gorilovsky

Services to Jazz Award
Janine Irons
Danielle White
Tony Haynes and the Grand Union Orchestra

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Héloïse Werner appointed Associate Artist at Wigmore Hall

Congratulations to TL MMus graduate Héloïse Werner who has been appointed as an Associate Artist at London’s Wigmore Hall.

The soprano and composer, who has been a familiar face to Wigmore Hall audiences since her debut there in January 2021, premiered her new work Les Leçons du Mardi at the hall earlier in March during one of her two appearances there for International Women’s Day. These performances with The Tippett Quartet and as part of her experimental quartet The Hermes Experiment are still available to watch online.

She will hold the position of Associate Artist for five seasons and appear at the hall at least once a year during the period. She begins this journey on 2 March 2024 in a concert featuring a new work of her own with mezzo soprano Helen Charlston, harpist Anne Denholm and pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen.

Héloïse’s debut album Phrases, which was released in 2022 on Delphian Records, received acclaim from: Sunday Times (10 Best Classical Records of 2022), BBC Music Magazine, The Times, Gramophone, and many more.

As a soprano, Héloïse has recently made her debut with the London Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, CBSO, Nash Ensemble, and at The Grange Festival. She will be singing the role of Madame DuVal in the upcoming production Sarah Angliss’ new opera Giant at the Aldeburgh Festival 2023.

As a composer, Héloïse has written for the CBSO, Aurora Orchestra, Clare Choir Cambridge, Maîtrise de Radio France, London Handel Festival, violist Lawrence Power, bassoonist Amy Harman, violinist Hae-Sun Kang (Festival Présences), pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen (Lucerne Festival), CoMA (CoMA Festival), The Gesualdo Six, The Bach Choir, mezzo-soprano Marielou Jacquard, pianist Kunal Lahiry and mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston, amongst others.

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Trinity Laban Board Member announced as new BBC Radio 3 Controller

Sam Jackson (Image: Carsten Windhorst)

We are proud to announce that Trinity Laban Board Member Sam Jackson has been appointed as BBC Radio 3’s new Controller, with Alan Davey, Trinity Laban Chair of Governors, handing over the reins.

In his new role, Sam will be driving the strategy for the UK’s leading classical music network, as well as having creative and managerial responsibility for the running of the whole station.

“I’m thrilled to be tasked with driving Radio 3 forward, with the help of brilliant people across the BBC and the wider music sector”, said Sam Jackson on his new appointment.

Known as one of the industry’s most respected leaders, Sam started his career as a runner for the BBC Proms, moving on to work extensively across broadcasting and the recorded music industry, including running three national radio brands: Classic FM, Smooth and Gold. Named by The Hospital Club as “one of the 100 most influential and innovative people working across arts, culture, and the creative industries”, Sam brings a wealth of experience in senior leadership roles, most recently as Executive Vice-President of Global Classics & Jazz for Universal Music Group.

Coming full circle, in his new role Sam will also be leading on the delivery of the annual BBC Proms, the world’s biggest classical music festival, ensuring the network and the BBC Proms remain at the forefront of cultural life in the UK and across the world.

Sam commented on the honour and enormity of the task: “BBC Radio 3 is unlike any other station: a network delivering ambitious, unique content, with live classical music at its core. This ambition, quality and diversity must stay at the heart of everything Radio 3 and the BBC Proms deliver.”

Lorna Clarke, BBC Director of Music, welcomes Sam saying: “I’m delighted that Sam will be joining us as Controller of Radio 3, leading the strategy for classical music across the BBC. Sam’s track record in broadcasting, love of classical music and inspirational leadership will be crucial to the BBC’s ongoing commitment to bring great music to everyone.”

Sam will work alongside David Pickard, Director of BBC Proms, and Simon Webb, who was recently announced as the BBC’s first Head of Orchestras and Choirs. At Trinity Laban, we are extremely enthusiastic about this extraordinary team and look forward to seeing what Sam and his colleagues create.

You can follow Sam Jackson on Twitter here.

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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 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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Trinity Laban students awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Instrument Purchase Grants

We are delighted that three Trinity Laban BMus Year 2 students are recipients of Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrument Purchase Grants 2022. 

Originally established by the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation, the grant serves to ensure young musicians can train on good quality instruments. This year the Royal Philharmonic Society supported 18 students from eight UK music colleges by providing a total of £16,000 in grants.

Read on to find out about our student recipients. 


Morgan Key, Cello

Morgan is studying cello with Professorial staff member Naomi Butterworth and received a £1000 grant towards his instrument. 

As well as studying cello, he is also a Saturday assistant at Junior Trinity in Musicianship and Improvisation classes. Outside of TL he works with children on Pro Corda residential strings courses and runs school workshops to introduce students to classical music. 

Morgan also plays in the Orpheus string quartet, performing at venues around the UK. 


Olivia Hughes, Jazz specialising in Trombone

Olivia is studying Jazz at TL and is focusing on both tenor trombone with tutor Trevor Mires, and bass trombone with tutor Richard Henry. She received a £1000 grant towards a bass trombone.   

Olivia joined the Aldeburgh Young Musicians in 2018 playing both types of trombone after establishing a musical background on euphonium. 


Dexter Wong, Trombone  

Dexter received a grant of £900 towards a trombone, which he will use in his studies with Professorial staff member Philip White. 

Dexter is the principal trombone of several orchestras and bands, including the London Euphonia Orchestra, the Hong Kong Joint University Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Joint University Symphonic Band. He is also currently performing as the resident guest principal trombone of the Hong Kong University Philharmonic Orchestra and Hong Kong University Symphonic Band. 


Congratulations to all our student recipients and thank you to the generosity of RPS in supporting them in their studies and future careers. 

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

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Launching TL’s Autumn Season 22

Running from September to December, Trinity Laban’s autumn season includes an experimental festival of new music and performance in response to the climate crisis, a musical comedy murder mystery, two birthday anniversary celebrations for composers Leonardo Salzedo and Mike Gibbs, the concert and album launch of Rūtsu: Chamber Music 2.0, and a masterclass focusing on Polish composers. 



Taking place across various spaces at Kings Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Rude Health Composition Festival (12-16 Dec) is an experimental festival of new music and innovative performances from Trinity Laban’s acclaimed composition students. This year the festival presents creative responses to the climate crisis, so expect the unexpected with installation, multimedia events and music at the cutting edge of sound. 



Trinity Laban’s BA Musical Theatre third year students, perform Holmes, Ebb and Kander’s musical Curtains, a comedy send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in 1959 Boston, Massachusetts. When Jessica Cranshaw, the supremely untalented star of ‘Robbin’ Hood of the Old West’ is murdered during her opening night curtain call, it’s up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective moonlighting as a musical theatre fan to solve the case and save the show, without getting killed himself of course!   

6, 7, 8, 9 Dec at 7pm 

Sat 10 Dec at 2.30pm & 7pm  

Laban Theatre 



Join us for two exhilarating performances at Blackheath Halls from Trinity Laban’s BA (Hons) Music Performance and Industry students (4 Nov). Creative Strings Ensemble: A Better Place, (6pm, Great Hall) is a concert of creative voice and strings performance featuring poetry, improvisation and creative repertoire and in collaboration with BMus Strings students, and Life Is A Song (7.30pm, Hearn Recital Room) for a night of innovative, fresh and harmonious live music. 

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Leonardo Salzedo, Richard Crabtree, professor of viola at Trinity Laban, will play The Viola Concerto, accompanied by Trinity Laban students and conducted by Leslie Howard, a close friend of Salzedo’s. This celebration concert, at Conway Hall (24 Sep, 6pm), also features Baritone Geoff Williams who will sing from the song cycle The Lotus Eater Abroad as well as other works by Salzedo. 

Conducted by Ralph Allwood, Trinity Laban Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir perform evensong which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 (28 Sep, 4pm), from The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College.   

Trinity Laban String Ensemble perform works by Daniel Kidane, Schoenberg, and a new work by one of Trinity Laban’s composers in the surroundings of the Great Hall, at Blackheath Halls (14 Oct, 6pm). 

Chamber music is the backbone of teaching and learning at Trinity Laban, so join us for Rush Hour Concert at Blackheath Halls (12 Oct, 6pm) featuring the Carne Trust Junior Fellow Chamber Ensemble and Waldstein String Quartet. They will be paired with a performance of Dvorak’s Piano Quintet, with Irina Lyakhovskaya performing side by side with an ensemble of Trinity Laban students.  

The concert and album launch at Blackheath Halls for Rūtsu: Chamber Music 2.0 (18 Oct, 7.30pm), from Anna Astesano (Harp) and Valentina Ciardelli (Double Bass), explores the deep connections between the influences of Japanese art on Western culture and vice versa. With a talk beforehand (6.30pm), the album features music from Ravel, Stravinsky and Puccini and contemporary compositions, notably Mr Hirano’s Elegy dedicated and composed for the duo. 

Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra present a diverse programme of established repertoire, contemporary music, and a newly composed work at Blackheath Halls (27 Oct, 7.30pm) then return to play side by side with Trinity Laban staff (2 Dec, 6pm) to perform two works by Coleridge-Taylor. 

Expect spellbinding storytelling and haunting melodies as Trinity Laban vocal students perform scenes from operas in and around King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College (28 Oct & 8 Dec). And Dominic Ellis-Peckham directs an evening of choral performance at Blackheath Halls (15 Nov, 7.30pm) on the theme of journeys, featuring traditional and folk songs performed by Trinity Laban Undergraduate Chorus and Trinity Laban Show Choir. 

TL Jazz Orchestra celebrate Mike Gibbs’ 85th birthday year, with a two night residency, conducted by Mike and Josephine Davies, at the Vortex Jazz Club (14 & 15 Nov, 7pm & 9pm). 

Our Masterclass: A Focus On Polish Composers (7 Nov, 5pm) at Kings Charles Court, Royal Naval College , includes Trinity Laban students performing works by Polish composers, with masterclass mentoring from Agata Szymczewska (violin) and Wojciech Szymczewska (piano) supported by The PWM Edition, Poland. 


Winter Celebrations 

As the festive season approaches, our young Junior Trinity students perform in their annual Winter Concerts on the stage of Blackheath Halls (26 Nov, 1pm & 7pm) and the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir stage their annual Christmas concert at The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College (12 Dec, 7pm). 

There’s also a special performance from Cirque de Pierrot’s all-women Pierrot Ensemble, (14 Dec, 6pm) at Blackheath Halls, who will be presenting the full Schoenberg and Lee cycles based on the sad clown, Pierrot, as part of Trinity Laban’s Rush Hour Chamber Music Series.  


For full listings, ticketing info and booking visit our What’s On page.

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Prize-winning soprano joins TL as the International Artist in Voice

We are excited to announce that The Hearn Foundation has generously agreed to fund celebrated Irish soprano, Ailish Tynan, as the International Artist in Voice at Trinity Laban.  

Ailish will be joining us in September to provide expert coaching and feedback to TL’s Vocal Studies students. The Hearn Foundation’s generous gift will fund nine sessions across the year, for the next three academic years. She will also work with students on a mini concert, once a year, with one student receiving a bursary award of £500.  

Ailish won the 2003 Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, was a member of the prestigious Vilar Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She was also a BBC New Generation Artist, where she recorded and performed prolifically with the BBC orchestras and in recital. 

Recent engagements include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Leeds Lieder and New Paths Music; Finzi In Terra Pax with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Orff Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Mahler Symphony No.4 with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra; and her return to Garsington Opera as Despina in Così fan tutte. 

Ailish joined our judging panel for the final of the Carne Trust Chamber Competition in June, hosted for the first time in front of a live audience, after its launch had been impacted by the pandemic. 

On hearing the news, Ailish announced on social media –  

“I am thrilled to say that I’ve been appointed International Artist in Voice for Trinity Laban. I could not be more delighted and can’t wait to start in September and join the fantastic team already doing brilliant work.” 

Interested in studying Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban? Find out more here.