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Black History Month 2020 and Black Culture 365 at Trinity Laban

Wed 30 September 2020

We are marking Black History Month 2020 as the springboard for a year of activity celebrating black history and culture in the arts in 2021. We are committed to a year-round programme of work celebrating Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse creativity in our artforms of music, dance and musical theatre.

For October 2020, we are presenting two lunchtime concerts with pre-concert talks and performances celebrating the music of black composers and performers. Events will be led by selected students who will work with our Learning and Participation Team and a dedicated mentor to create, present and perform their programme.

Due to the recent change to Covid-19 Tier 2 restrictions in London, as of Sat 17 Oct, public concerts at St Alfege Church will be suspended. As a result, Trinity Laban’s Black History Month concert events will be live streamed to an online audience only. Please join us at 13:05 on Thu 22 and Thu 29 October to enjoy the concerts from home.

The concerts will be livestreamed on our Youtube channel.


Thu 22 Oct

Aanu Sodipe (violin) mentored by Kevin Le Gendre leads a concert featuring her own arrangements of traditional Nigerian folk songs

Rev. Joshua Jesse Ransome-Kuti (1855 – 1930) Ọbangiji

Aanu Sodipe (arrangement of traditional Yoruba folk song) Ta la ba fi Ọ we

Aanu Sodipe (arrangement of traditional Yoruba folk song) Wẹrẹ

Aanu Sodipe Abimọ ko gbọn

Aanu Sodipe Baba mi

View the concert programme

Thu 29 Oct

Isreal (Ọlá) Akindipe (Clarinet) and Amy Wood (Flute) mentored by Richard Henry perform:

Gabriel Adedeji Àjò

Adam Salim arranged by Gabriel Adedeji Malaika

William Grant Still Pastorela

William Grant Still Folk Suite No 2

These concerts have been made possible with a generous grant from Royal Borough of Greenwich. This year’s theme Our Heritage: Celebration and Achievements forms part of the borough’s activities for Black History Month 365, not limiting the recognition of Black History to just October, but 365 days a year.

Future Trinity Laban plans include public activities from our Musical Theatre department, Faculty of Dance and a celebration in 2021 to recognise the historic importance and contribution of John Blanke, a Black trumpeter, who was a regular musician at the courts of both Henry VII and Henry VIII on the site of our Faculty of Music in Greenwich.

View the 29 Oct programme