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Launching TL’s Spring Season 2022

Thu 6 January 2022

Encounter intriguing and inventive moments of music and dance in our live and digital events programme.

Running from January to March, our spring season celebrates new works and contemporary voices.

Highlights include two world premieres, the return of Melting Shifting Liquid World and new work from final year dance students.

Responding to the climate emergency, Trinity Laban’s String Ensemble presents A Change of Season at the National Maritime Museum (19 & 20 March). Witness a reimagined, choreographed performance of Vivaldi’s iconic masterpiece The Four Seasons performed alongside Hollie Harding’s immersive Melting, Shifting, Liquid World, for electric viola and string ensemble. Looking at the fragility of our modern world, the programme explores the seasons as they should be and contemplates what they may become.

Opening the season, Edward Jessen’s newly commissioned Syllable premieres at the Laban Theatre (14 & 15 Jan). The ambitious and experimental sonic work is no ordinary opera. Inspired by a range of works including Primo Levi’s 1975 collection of short stories The Periodic Table, audiences can expect a drama driven by sounds rather than conventional plot. The project, which is supported by the PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Music Creators, is a collaboration with musicians, dance artists and composer-performer collective Bastard Assignments.

Also in January, Octandre Ensemble, Trinity Laban and Blackheath Halls present the world premiere of Each one cancels the last (Hector) by the composer-conductor Jack Sheen, featuring movement by dance-artist Eve Stainton (Tue 18 Jan 19.30). Operating along the blurred boundaries between long-form music and sculptural installation, it sees performers dispersed throughout Blackheath Halls, with visitors free to move throughout and settle within the piece as it unfolds.

Our final-year dancers present an exciting programme of new dance works at Laban Theatre in New Choreography Now: BA3 Choreography Mixed Bill (25 Jan) and create new Commissioned Works in with Fubunation, Lizzi Kew-Ross, Amanda Gough & Sonia Rafferty, Matthew Harding and Joel Brown (10 & 11 Feb).

Trinity Laban’s most prestigious prize returns to Kings Place (26 Jan). Witness seven outstanding young artists at the brink of promising careers demonstrate creativity, musicianship and diverse talent as they perform live for the Gold Medal. And enjoy more of this excellence in Trinity Laban Soloists’ Competition Final 2022 (7 Feb), where students perform concertos for the chance to play as a soloist with one of Trinity Laban’s full orchestras.

Enjoy a range of musical styles across this spring: Trinity Laban Strings students perform a programme of Janáček and Felix Mendelssohn Side by Side with the London Mozart Players, conducted by Simon Blendis (3 Feb); conductor Jonathan Tilbrook leads the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Mayer, Matthis, Eleanor Alberga and Shostakovich (10 March, 19:30); and Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group perform new works by emerging TL composers at the Asylum Peckham, conducted by Gregory Rose (25 Mar 18.00).

If jazz is more your thing, join us for a double bill of performances from the Trinity Laban Big Band, led by Winston Rollins, and The Trinity Laban Charlie Parker Project (19 Jan 19.30). The Trinity Laban Charlie Parker Project is a 13-piece ensemble that explores Parker’s music from a contemporary perspective. Hear new arrangements of his music tailor made for this line-up by Hans Koller, Head of Jazz – written during the lockdowns of 2020, the centenary year of Parker’s birth.

Founded in 2007, the Linos Piano Trio are known for their multifaceted and personal performances.
They have been the Carne Ensemble-in-Residence at Trinity Laban Conservatoire since 2017. They will lead a Lecture Workshop on Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio before presenting an evening concert programme of Boulanger, Ravel and Clarke (2 March).

At the end of March, our Chamber Music Festival returns (28-30 March) including the semi-final of the Carne Competition and Illuminate Women’s Music, a project curated with TL students.

Choirs from across Junior Trinity’s programmes return for the annual performance at the ORNC Chapel (12 Feb 17.30) and Four Part Choir, Big Band, Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra return to Blackheath Halls for Junior Trinity’s Spring Concert (27 Mar 19.00).

Trinity Laban presents Stage & Screen: U.Dance 2022 London Regional Platform (13 Mar 19.00), an exciting showcase celebrating the variety and diversity of youth dance from across London. Groups perform a range of styles to secure a place at U.Dance 2022 in Glasgow, a national festival that brings together some of the most ambitious and innovative youth dance from across the country.

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