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Jennifer Hamilton will be the new Head of Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban

Fri 24 February 2017

We are delighted to announce that following the retirement of Linda Hirst, Jennifer Hamilton will be the new Head of Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban.

Jennifer Hamilton studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and taught at the Royal College of Music, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the RNCM before taking up her current position as Lecturer in the Vocal, Opera and Drama Department in Dublin at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, where she was Acting Head of Department last year. Alongside her work as a singing and stagecraft teacher, she has directed numerous opera productions in Ireland and the UK, and established the annual Baroque Opera projects for the Yorke Trust in Norfolk.

Jennifer will work alongside current Head of Vocal Studies Linda Hirst in the summer term, before assuming full responsibility for the department in the summer. Linda Hirst will continue to teach individual students.

Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, Director of Music at Trinity Laban, commented:

“Under Linda Hirst’s truly magnificent leadership over the past twenty-two years, Trinity Laban’s vocal department has gone from strength to strength. Undergraduate James Newby’s triumph in last year’s Kathleen Ferrier Awards is just one example of the many successes enjoyed by our students and graduates, and it’s no surprise that every year, more and more young singers see us as their first or only choice study destination. I am indebted to Linda for all she has done to secure the department’s current achievements, and I am really pleased that she will continue to teach here.

“I’m thrilled that we’ll be welcoming Jennifer Hamilton to succeed Linda as Head of Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban. As an experienced opera director and educator within the conservatoire sector, Jennifer brings a deep understanding of what young singers need in order to develop their voices, and of how they can express themselves within a dramatic context. In this era of live broadcasts, pop-up opera and multimedia multi-genre collaborations, singers need to possess a wide variety of skills, and I know that Jennifer will give Trinity Laban students the very best chance of future success.”

Jennifer Hamilton commented:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be coming to Trinity Laban, which is envied throughout the musical world for its incredible buildings in beautiful Greenwich and Blackheath, its forward-thinking ethos, its creativity, its hugely supportive atmosphere and – most importantly of all – its wonderful teaching staff. I can’t wait to meet and get working with the students and singing teachers, and to build on Linda’s marvellous legacy.”

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