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Vocal Studies artists announced at Trinity Laban

Mon 15 October 2018

The Vocal Studies Department at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is delighted to announce singer and conductor Barbara Hannigan and conductor Dominic Ellis-Peckham as Visiting Artists, and choral director Stephen Jackson as Artist in Residence.

As acclaimed international practitioners, Trinity Laban’s Visiting Artists and Artists in Residence inspire students through their expert teaching and feedback, and further strengthen the department’s global connections.

Barbara Hannigan – Visiting Artist in Vocal Performance

Barbara Hannigan has been appointed Visiting Artist in Vocal Performance.

Barbara divides her time between singing on the world’s major stages and conducting leading orchestras, including her debut this season with the Cleveland Orchestra, and return engagements with l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Danish National Symphony Orchestrathe Berlin Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony and the Munich Philharmonic OrchestraMünchner Philharmoniker. She was recently appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden.

As a soprano, Barbara recently performed the world premieres of Michael Jarrell’s Berenice (title role) at Paris Opera Garnier (2018), the role of Ophelia in Brett Dean’s Hamlet at Glyndebourne Festival (2017), and Isabel in George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at the Royal Opera House. Her “chameleonic and compelling” (Gramophone) Lulu in Krszysztof Warlikowski’s staging at La Monnaie was a groundbreaking interpretation, and her collaborations with Warlikowski have extended to Melisande (Ruhrtriennale, 2017) and La Voix Humaine (Paris Opera Garnier, 2015, 2018). She also created the role of Agnes in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin which she has performed worldwide.

In 2017, Barbara released Crazy Girl Crazy with Holland’s LUDWIG orchestra – her first album as both singer and conductor. It was one five finalists for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. It has won a Grammy, Juno. Belgium’s Klara Award and the Opus Klassiek for Album of the year. In 2017 she created the Equilibrium Mentoring Initiative for young professional artists.

In 2018 she gave a memorable masterclass for vocal students at Trinity Laban. 


Stephen Jackson – Artist in Residence: Choral Chamber Music

One of Britain’s foremost choral directors, Stephen Jackson has directed the Trinity Laban Chamber Choir since 1990 and built it into one of the most active ensembles of all the London conservatoires.

Stephen works in the USA, Japan and throughout Europe as a conductor, teacher and adjudicator. He is widely known as former Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus, preparing singers in a huge range of repertoire for more than 50 maestri, including Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle and Roger Norrington, and composer-conductors such as Luciano Berio and John Adams.

Stephen has regularly conducted the Symphony Chorus himself, in the concert hall, on tour and in the recording studio.


Dominic Ellis-Peckham – Visiting Artist in Choral Training

Dominic Ellis-Peckham has been named Visiting Artist in Choral Training in recognition of his work developing an accessible programme of choral experiences for undergraduate students at Trinity Laban over the last five years. 

Regarded as one of the UK’s finest and most dynamic choral and orchestral conductors, Dominic has recently prepared choruses for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst many others. Formerly Chorus Master for the English National Opera and Assistant Chorus Master for The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Dominic is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Chamber Choir of London, Artistic Director of The Fourth Choir, Music Director of London Oriana Choir and Guest Conductor for Aldeburgh Music, London Mozart Players and works regularly for the BBC. 

Known for both conducting and educational work, he regularly appears on TV and radio as a presenter and choral expert and in 2016, Dominic published his first book with Bloomsbury Publishing titled Inspire Your Choir.

In a highlight of the Autumn performance season, on Thursday 29th November 2018, Dominic will conduct the undergraduate Trinity Laban Chorus at Blackheath Halls as they perform a varied programme for massed voices by four female composers – part of the conservatoire’s Venus Blazing season celebrating music composed by women, past and present.  

Dominic Ellis-Peckham says-

“I am honoured and delighted to accept this position at such a respected and prestigious international centre of musical excellence. I have been inspired and enlightened by the brilliant vocal performances I have been involved in at Trinity Laban over the past five years, and look forward to many more to come, and to working with wonderful staff and students.”

Find out more about Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban