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Chamber Music Week 2020

Thu 15 October 2020

Trinity Laban’s first Chamber Music Week runs from from 19-23 Oct, and is a week-long focus on chamber music with coaching, rehearsing and performances.

The week features the final of The Carne Trust Chamber Competition 2020, with four superb ensembles competing for the coveted prize. It will be held in front of a socially distanced audience on Weds 21 Oct, adjudicated by a panel of Trinity Laban Heads of Department chaired by Alan Davey CBE, Controller, BBC Radio 3.  

Other highlights include a concert by Carne Trust Ensemble in Residence, Carducci Quartet on Thu 24 Oct and a series of livestreamed performances and showings on Fri 23 Oct, including a Chamber Side-by-Side performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet and a performance from Trinity Laban vocal ensemble, Rubythroat.

Thursday 22 Oct 2020

Carducci Quartet


Carne Trust Ensemble in Residence The Carducci Quartet return to Trinity Laban for a live concert with a socially distanced audience, and also streamed on Trinity Laban Facebook Live. The Quartet will present Beethoven’s ‘Serioso’ quartet, along with Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 9.

Great Hall, Blackheath Hall

Free Admission but ticketed, must be booked in advance

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Watch live on Facebook Live

Friday 23 Oct 2020

Chamber Music Week Performances 14.00 – 21.00

Following an intensive week of rehearsal, coaching and chamber activity, a range of student groups from the Wind, Brass, Percussion, Piano, Vocal and String Departments will perform in the Great Hall, Blackheath Hall. A different performance will be streamed on Youtube starting on the hour, each hour throughout the afternoon, culminating in a Chamber Side-by-Side performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet with Stephanie Gonley, at 20.00.

Watch Live on our Youtube Channel

Livestream Performance No. 1


Percussion Ensemble

Led by postgraduate percussionist Lindsey Eastham, and coached by award-winning marimbist and percussionist, Calum Huggan, Trinity Laban students kick off our hourly series of livestream concerts with a performance of chamber music for tuned percussion.

Livestream Performance No. 2



Directed by Linda Hirst

Rubythroat, Trinity Laban’s  chamber vocal group, present a work-in-progress performance of repertoire by female composers. Rubythroat is directed ex-Swingle Singer and former Head of Vocal Studies, Linda Hirst, and is currently working towards a recording project in December.

Miranda Ostler, soprano
Sally Carr, soprano
Madeleine Todd, soprano
Hester Dart, alto
Alex Akhurst, tenor
Charles Eastwood, tenor
Adam Brown, bass

Livestream Performance No. 3


Creative Strings

Led by Joe Townsend

Trinity Laban is dedicated to innovation and collaborative practice. Each year, Joe Townsend, Head of Trinity Laban’s new BA programme in Music Performance and Industry leads an elective group of string students, across all programmes and years, to explore improvisation, folk/world music, collaborative composition, and extended techniques.

In this livestream performance, a group of Creative Strings students will demonstrate their work in progress from the week.

Livestream Performance No. 4


Wind Sextet

A postgraduate wind group present a short performance of music worked on over the week, coached by Head of Wind Chamber Music, Michael Whight

Megan Storer, flute      
Brandon Hao, oboe      
Ben Mason, clarinet     
Gabriela Taylor, bassoon           
Chris Collins, horn         
Alex Lyon, bass clarinet

Livestream Performance No. 5


Piano Quintet

Schubert Trout Quintet

Coached by Head of String Chamber Music, David Kenedy, 5 outstanding postgraduate students come together to perform Schubert’s famous Trout Quintet

Mario Miralles, piano
Hannah Littlechild, violin
Marco Scandurra, viola
Ludovico Colombo, cello
Alexander Ferkey, double bass

Livestream Performance No. 6


Brass Ensemble

Trinity Laban brass department features with a performance from a student brass dectet, who have been coached through the week by Superbrass trombonist, Philip White

Edmund Habershon, trumpet   
Ethan McInerney, trumpet        
Jesse Musson, trumpet
Ali Hancorn trumpet    
Simon Jelley, horn                        
Salvador Garcia, horn
Rhodri Thomas, trombone       
Ben Wakley, trombone
Hannah Roberts, trombone       
Owain Davies, bass trombone  
Chris Price, tuba             

Livestream Performance No. 7


Chamber Side-by-Side with Stephanie Gonley, violin

Mendelssohn Octet

Closing our series of livestream performances in rousing fashion, Stephanie Gonley, first violinist with the Nash Ensemble, leads a Chamber Side-by-Side project in a performance of Mendelssohn’s renowned Octet.

Stephanie Gonley, violin
Greta Papa, violin
Daniel Pukach, violin
Camille Buitenhuis, violin
Natalia Solis Paredes, viola
Peter Fenech, viola
Cristina Cooper, cello
Meg Allen, cello