Experimental music from 1950s New York
September - December 2016
Photo by Peter Sayers (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Currently on display is a selection of scores from the library’s collection by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff and Earle Brown, all of whom in 1950s New York were experimenting with a new degree of indeterminacy in their pieces and an interest in treating sounds as objects rather than vehicles for expression. These composers also had many friends among the painters working in New York at the time – people such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman and Franz Kline – and it seems no coincidence that the design and visual impact of their scores were also of great importance to them.
Trinity Laban Faculty of Music Composers’ series: Luke Styles
18 April - 31 August 2016
Jerwood Library is very pleased to present an exhibition highlighting the work of Trinity Laban Junior Dept. composition teacher and composer Luke Styles, focusing on two of his acclaimed works: his opera of Macbeth and Handspun for aerialist and cello.
Without any apologies for their sex:
A celebration of women at Trinity Laban's Faculty of Music
15 January - 24 March 2016
The published history of Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Music (formerly Trinity College of Music) is dominated by the faces of men. But take a closer look at the archives, and a different picture emerges. As students, teachers and examiners, women contributed in innovative and pioneering ways to the success of the conservatoire. This exhibition recovers their voices from the obscurity of the historical record. It is the story of how women made Trinity Laban the institution it is today.
Facsimile Scores in the Jerwood Library
10 September - 11 December 2015
The two display cases just inside the library entrance show examples of two kinds of handwritten music facsimiles available in the Jerwood library.
One cabinet displays a selection of beautiful and distinctive handwritten scores from twentieth-century composers. The chosen manuscripts display a range of particularly striking and individual approaches to the calligraphy of more-or-less conventionally notated music.
The other cabinet highlights a few items from the library’s reference facsimile collection; a wonderful source of insight into the writing styles and working methods of many of the old masters.
Music in Wartime
8 May – 2 July 2015
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day (8 May 1945), the library has launched a new exhibition: Music in Wartime. With material related to both the First and Second World Wars, the exhibition highlights resources unique to Trinity Laban - extracts from Trinity College of Music's board minutes of the time (held in the Trinity College of Music Archive), and items from the Charles Kennedy Scott Archive - as well as providing a broader picture of wartime life through passages from The Musical Times and books from the library's loanable collection.
Music in Wartime will be on display from 8 May to 2 July and can be found in the Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts at the music faculty of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (directions here). If you are coming from outside the institution, please sign in at the main reception desk and a member of library staff will come to meet you.
An Exhibition to Mark Fifty Years Since the Death of Charles Kennedy Scott (1876-1965)
23 January – 26 March 2015
This exhibition celebrates the life and musical career of Charles Kennedy Scott (1876-1965), a former member of staff at Trinity College of Music (now Trinity Laban), who died 50 years ago. Described by Sir Thomas Beecham as 'the greatest choir-trainer in the world,' Scott was a hugely influential musician, music director, writer and educator. Over a long career he made important contributions to the revival of early music, and to the promotion of contemporary choral composition. This exhibition showcases material from our Charles Kennedy Scott archive including some of Scott’s personal papers and unpublished music manuscripts, along with material relating to his choirs and to his involvement with Trinity. For more information about the Charles Kennedy Scott exhibition, visit the Jerwood Library blog.
Sam Hayden exhibition
November - December 2014
To coincide with the premiere of Hayden's string quartet Transience, the Jerwood Library is pleased to present a display featuring Hayden’s score for Transience and screenshots of the OpenMusic patches used in the composition, provided by the composer. Also on display are the score of Surface/Tension by Sam Hayden as well as the scores for the Bartók and Harvey string quartets, all from the Jerwood Library’s collection. For more information about the premiere and the display, visit the Jerwood Library blog.
From Notes to Performance
September - November 2014
This exhibition looks at some of the questions which arise when selecting materials for performance. Using a piano sonata by Mozart and an aria by Handel as examples, a range of library and archive material is displayed. This compares editions (facsimile and modern printed scores) and editorial practice, offers insightful written accounts by performers, critics and the composers themselves, all supporting the journey ‘from notes to performance’. For more information about the From Notes to Performance exhibition, visit the Jerwood Library blog.
Conducting the Croydon Phil the Trinity Way: Alan Kirby, Myers Foggin and James Gaddarn
8 May - 19 June 2014
For the past year the much-respected Croydon Philharmonic Choir has been celebrating their 100th season. Whilst the choir has no connection with Trinity Laban today, its history is nevertheless closely related since their first three musical directors were all involved in some way with the then Trinity College of Music. The association began in 1914 when Alan Kirby, who became an honorary fellow of TCM and whose collection of conducting scores were eventually bequeathed to the college library, founded the choir. Forty-odd years later, the baton passed to Myers Foggin, a former principal of Trinity. Finally, James Gaddarn, who taught at the college for thirty-five years, conducted the choir between 1973 and 1999. This exhibition tells the story of these conductors through material housed here in our special collections. Exhibits include Alan Kirby's score of the Apostles (inscribed by Elgar when he guest-conducted the choir in 1933), Myers Foggin's personal scrapbook, and the programme for Adrian Boult's 80th birthday concert in 1969 at which the choir performed under James Gaddarn.
A PDF version of the exhibition guide is available.
Roger Scruton Exhibition
The Jerwood Library presented an exhibition in support of a visit by Roger Scruton to Trinity Laban on 20 March 2014, highlighting the relevant materials from the library's collection, alongside scores and materials relating to his two operas lent by him for the display. For more information about Professor Scruton's visit and the display visit the Jerwood Library blog.
Gwyn Pritchard and the Second London Ear Festival
The Jerwood Library has mounted a display to highlight the work of Trinity Laban professor of composition Gwyn Pritchard and the second London Ear Festival taking place from 27th to 30th March 2014 at the Warehouse and Cello Factory, both in Waterloo.
The Jerwood Library's collection of Gwyn Pritchard's scores and recordings can be searched via the online catalogue.
Stanley Black Centenary Exhibition
November 2013 - January 2014
Extract of full score for the film Too Many Crooks (MS / BLACK 380). Reproduced with permission from the Stanley Black estate.
This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Stanley Black OBE (1913-2002), one of Britain's best-loved musicians, in this his centenary year. During the course of a long and indefatigable career Stanley Black turned his talents to piano playing, composing, arranging and conducting in a wide variety of genres. He was known to audiences across the globe for his jazz arrangements, his film music, for light music broadcasts on the BBC and as a conductor of pops-style orchestral concerts. The Jerwood Library is fortunate to be the repository of the Stanley Black archive, an extensive collection of manuscript music scores and archival material relating to Stanley Black. Items on display include photographs, film music contracts, concert programmes, autograph scores and manuscript notes. The majority of the collection is catalogued on the Jerwood Library's online catalogue and is available to researchers by appointment.
The Westbrook Trio: Celebrating 30 Years
Illustration by Miklos Buttkai. Reproduced with permission.
For over thirty years now the Westbrook Trio have been delighting audiences across the globe with their innovative mix of jazz and music theatre. Comprising the jazz composer and pianist Mike Westbrook, singer and lyricist Kate Westbrook, and saxophonist Chris Biscoe, together they have created a vast body of original material uniting text, music and improvisation. This exhibition highlights some of the Trio's work with a range of concert posters and programmes, recordings and original manuscripts from the Jerwood Library's Westbrook Archive.
We have written a blog post about the Westbrooks' visit to the exhibition on 3 Oct 2013.
Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997)
August - September 2013
Tempo scheme by Nancarrow, reproduced by kind permission of the Nancarrow Estate.
In April 2012 Trinity's Head of Composition Dominic Murcott was the Artistic Director for Impossible Brilliance, a festival of the music of Conlon Nancarrow at the South Bank Centre in London. Murcott has for some years been researching Nancarrow and had gained access to his Mexico City studio. Our current display contains artefacts from that studio as well as materials from Murcott's private collection and that of the Jerwood Library.
Nancarrow's output was almost entirely composed for player pianos (also known as pianolas). These were automated acoustic pianos, fitted with a mechanism that reads musical information in the form of a paper roll punched with holes. These were the precursors to the modern sequencing of electronic instruments, but were not particularly esoteric in their time; they were commonplace in domestic homes where they were a form of music reproduction. Piano rolls of all kinds of music were commercially available.
You can read more about the exhibition and Nancarrow from the curator of the exhibition, Walter Cardew, on the Jerwood Library blog.
A Peep at Trinity's Jazz Collection: Alan Mills and Dan Pawson
April - July 2013
Alan Mills and Dan Pawson were two major contributors to the library's jazz holdings. Between them they donated thousands of LPs, CDs, books, journals and ephemera resulting in a remarkably rich treasure trove of jazz materials. This exhibition showcases just a fraction of these items. Highlights from the Alan Mills collection include material by Mike Westbrook, Paul Rutherford and the female jazz musicians Billie Holiday, Lizzie Miles and Emma Barrett, alias 'Sweet Emma'. Dan Pawson's collection of memorabilia from the New Orleans jazz scene is represented by numerous George Lewis recordings, rare magazines such as Eureka, the bi-monthly magazine of the New Orleans Jazz Society, and Dan's personal scrap books.
Catches and Glees in the Jerwood Library
24 January-14 March 2013
Catches and glees were distinctly English forms of part song typically sung by male voices. The catch was primarily known for its humour, often of a rather crude variety, and was popular from the late sixteenth century whilst the glee with its more refined subject matter was encouraged from the mid-eighteenth century. Glees were through-composed part songs but catches were sung as rounds, with the parts often arranged so as to give the words added meaning when combined. The Jerwood Library holds a significant number of catch and glee collections, mainly dating from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This exhibition highlights some of these collections and explores the social context of part singing at that time.
A PDF version of the exhibition guide is available (1.1 MB).
John Cage (1912-1992)
Exhibition to commemorate Out of the Cage!
October - December 2012
Out of the Cage! is a centennial celebration of John Cage & Friends featuring a multitude of musicians, dancers, and other performers simultaneously animating a labyrinth of rooms and spaces in the Old Royal Naval College on 26 October 2012.
The exhibition displayed materials from the Jerwood Library collection and the private collection of Trinity professor and artistic director of Out of the Cage! Stephen Montague as well as photos from the Merce Cunningham/John Cage residency at the Laban Centre in 1980, provided by the Laban Archive.
Trinity Laban composers series: Errollyn Wallen MBE
June - October 2012
Errollyn Wallen was born in Belize and moved to England when she was two years old. She read Music at Goldsmiths, King's College, London and King's College, Cambridge.
Recent commissions and performances include, amongst others, Diamond Greenwich performed for the Queen at the re-opening of The Cutty Sark in Greenwich, All the People of the World for the Hallé Orchestra, Triptych for organist Thomas Trotter, a tour of Carbon 12: A Choral Symphony for Welsh National Opera, and the film Falling for Channel 4 and ABC Television.
Current commissions include two works featuring the London Symphony Orchestra for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics.
Errollyn Wallen was awarded an MBE in the 2007 Queen's Honours List for services to music.
The exhibition displayed a range of items relating to Errollyn and her work, including scores, CDs, photographs and other ephemera. A feature was one of Errollyn's own CDs, which has been to outer space on the NASA STS-115 mission.
Wild Ambitions: Louis Jullien and his Musical Circulating Library
20 April - 7 June 2012
April 2012 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Louis Antoine Jullien (1812-1860), a French-born conductor and composer who revolutionized concert going in mid-nineteenth century Britain. In the Jerwood Library we hold around 250 bound volumes once belonging to a music circulating library which Jullien operated from his 'Royal Conservatory of Music' on Regent Street. This collection represents one of very few such libraries to have survived from this period and is interesting for its reflection on the musical culture of the time. The exhibition highlights items from the library and explores the life and work of Louis Jullien.
A PDF version of the exhibition guide is available (1.3 MB).