Trinity Laban Vocal Students are never short of opportunities to perform.
Our opera productions offer our students exceptional musical and theatrical experience, and our Chamber Choir, Chapel Choir, Chorus and specialist vocal ensembles provide outstanding training for the profession. We are one of the few British conservatories where undergraduates and postgraduates alike can participate fully in opera training and are able to audition for all productions. We are also the world’s only specialist conservatoire with a collegiate chapel choir.
Opera and Ensembles
Trinity Laban Opera
Led by Head of Vocal Studies, Jennifer Hamilton, Trinity Laban Opera constantly pushes the boundaries of creative innovation. We present at least one major opera production each year, along with multiple sets of Opera Scenes.
Right from the first term of their first year, all students enjoy the chance of collaboration through performing with the Undergraduate Chorus. The Chorus comprises over 100 students from across the Faculty and celebrates repertoire themes across each year.
Rubythroat is Trinity Laban’s superb chamber vocal group, created by ex-Swingle Singer and former Head of Vocal Studies, Linda Hurst.
The Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, directed by recently appointed Artist in Residence Stephen Jackson, is our flagship vocal ensemble. Founded in 1990, it is one of the most active ensembles of all the London conservatoires, performing on BBC Radio, at the BBC Proms, at all the major London concert venues and touring in France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.
We are the world’s only specialist conservatoire with a collegiate chapel choir.
There is an exciting list of visiting artists who work with the students in masterclasses, workshops and consultations along with opportunities to be mentored by sponsors, entrepreneurs and members of arts management. Recent guests include: Trinity Laban Visiting Artist Barbara Hannigan, Nicky Spence, Susan Bullock, Gidon Saks, the ROH Jette Parker Young Artists, opera patron Ian Rosenblatt and composer Jonathan Dove. We also provide audition preparation sessions with panel members from the UK’s major opera companies and hold Q & A sessions with young professional performers about the many practical realities of being a working singer.
During my two years at Trinity Laban I had a wealth of opportunities to be involved in opera of all kinds, and all languages. That’s what I want to do – I want to be an opera singer – and Trinity Laban has definitely helped me develop the skills to go out into the professional world and get work.
William Branston, UK, BMus Performance (Voice)
As well as singing with Chamber Choir, Chapel Choir, Undergraduate Chorus and Rubythroat, our students develop their own groups, and regularly collaborate with keyboard and instrumental students from across our programmes of study. Even while still at college, several of our students are enjoying significant professional success in their own contemporary and baroque ensembles.
Major Song Events
Recent major song events have included: a working session and birthday celebration recital with Jonathan Dove; a BBC Radio 3 song recital featuring female composers; and a series of performances of Brahms Lieder.
We have ongoing links with several professional choral ensembles and Trinity Laban singers often work with groups such as the Monteverdi Choir, Genesis Sixteen and The London Philharmonic Choir.
Trinity Laban Opera students regularly work with external directors and creative teams, learning specialist skills such as Combat Techniques, Physical Expression, and Stylistic Awareness.
Competitions such as the prestigious Gold Medal showcase, The English Song Competition and the Lilian Ash French Song Competition showcase some of the finest emerging talent from the Conservatoire, and give students an excellent platform to kick-start their professional vocal careers.Competitions
World Class Venues for Voice
Performance venues include the stunning Old Royal Naval College Chapel, St Alfege Church in Greenwich, Blackheath Halls, Purcell Room (Southbank Centre), and the Barbican Centre. There are also opportunities to tour the UK and abroad.
Vocal Studies artists announced at Trinity LabanThe Vocal Studies Department has appointed singer and conductor Barbara Hannigan and conductor Dominic Ellis-Peckham as Visiting Artists, and choral director Stephen Jackson as Artist in Residence.Mon 15 Oct 2018#Vocal Studies
Vocal alumnus' career soarsSoprano Nardus Williams is now represented by an award-winning artist management agency and will join Houston Grand Opera Studio as an artist for 2018-19.Fri 6 Apr 2018#Alumni #Vocal Studies