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Borough New Music season showcases Trinity Laban talent

Fri 5 October 2018

A south London celebration of new music runs every Tuesday from October 2018 – June 2019 with student, staff and alumni musicians and composers from Trinity Laban featuring across the season.

Led by Artistic Director and Trinity Laban alumnus Clare Simmonds, Borough New Music launched in 2017 and is now back with its weekly season of free concerts and an open-minded and experimental approach.

At least 90% of music in each concert season has been written by living composers, and guest artistic directors are invited to curate a month of the season each, giving opportunity for diversity in repertoire, artists and audience.

Borough New Music 2018-19 launched on Tuesday 2 October at St George the Martyr, Borough.

Concerts include –

Daryl Runswick, former Head of Composition at Trinity Laban, performing a solo concert on 23 October, formed of his own compositions and improvisation

A Trinity Laban student showcase on 30 October presents the commended composers and pianists of the John Halford Piano and Composition Competition 2018. Solo piano music by Samuel Pradalie, Monika Mia, Kc Cheng, Callum Stephens, Haribaskar Ganesan and Stephen Montague will be performed by Miha Smirnov Ostir, Alexander Arenare, Yaoying Wang, Isabella Gori and Mikaela Livadiotis. 

Pianist Dr Aleksander Szram is performing with his Eluvium Ensemble on 8 January, which includes alumni Georgia Mae Bishop (mezzo), Caleb Sibley (viola), and Fiona Kelly (flute) who has recently been appointed to the teaching staff at Trinity Laban. They will be joined by BMus Year 4 Percussion student Malgorzata Kepa to perform music by Frederic Rzewski and Trinity Laban alumnus Will Handysides.

Trinity Laban PhD candidate Ailie Robertson and Will Handysides (who has previously studied at Trinity Laban) are guest artistic directors for the month of January. On 15 January Trinity Laban harp students and Head of Harp Studies Gabriella Dall’Olio perform the world premiere of Robertson’s Grey and new works by Anne Marie O’Farrell, Ada Gentile and Kirsty Devaney. Then on 22 January Ailie Robertson performs works by Will Handysides and herself, alongside pieces by Kaija Saariaho and Josef Tal.

Trinity Laban PhD candidate Hollie Harding is Guest Artistic Director for November’s four weekly concerts, including the Martin Read Foundation Showcase on 20 November with an introduction by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music. Hollie is also co-Guest Artistic Director with Listenpony for May 2019, and is Featured Composer for the concert on 21 May.

Alumni Neus Peris is giving a solo piano recital on 11 June, featuring a 35 minute piano sonata by Anthony Green and work by Douglas Finch

All concerts begin at 1pm and run for 45 minutes at St George the Martyr, Borough High Street, London SE1 1JA

Borough New Music is a non-profit-making charitable trust supported by Arts Council England, the Hinrichsen Foundation and the RVW Trust.

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(Image: Trinity Laban student Mahsa Salali performs at Borough New Music in 2017)