Dynamic and adventurous, Trinity Laban trains composers and creative practitioners for the realities and diversity of professional life in the global village. Composition today is a vital combination of traditional techniques with the new: we give you all the encouragement you need to explore and experiment with new ideas. With many opportunities to write for instruments and voices, you’ll also benefit from the experience of working with improvising ensembles and contemporary technologies. At Trinity Laban composers are collaborators, performers and entrepreneurs; but above all they’re artists.
If you have the ambition and potential to advance and transform 21st Century music making, you'll thrive in our vibrant contemporary culture. We particularly welcome students with diverse musical backgrounds, and celebrate those prepared to challenge the boundaries of our art form as we know it today.
In addition to your individual and small group Principal Study lessons, you will undertake a range of departmental classes which are specially designed to develop your technical skills and repertoire knowledge. Our orchestration class regularly attends rehearsals of major London ensembles, often providing opportunities for students to meet leading conductors and, where possible, composers.
Every Composition student expects to write for live instruments and voices, and at Trinity Laban we are privileged to have a learning culture which supports and promotes all students in engaging with new music. With a large body of some of today's finest young performers at your disposal, you will write for individuals, chamber ensembles and larger performing groups with many opportunities to hear your work in both workshop and performance contexts. Trinity Laban's Contemporary Music Group is closely linked to the Composition Department, and tackling student commissions forms a regular part of our orchestral, choral and other ensembles' work.
All undergraduate Composition students are encouraged to continue their studies as instrumentalists/singers alongside their composition and/or creative music technology work. In collaboration with postgraduate composers the Department promotes its own regular concert series; our students produce, design and market these well established and popular composition showcases. Collaborative skills are central to our ethos, and many opportunities are provided for students to undertake project work, often in conjunction with external partners as well as with other musicians and with dancers.
Audio: Excerpt from an award-winning composition by composition student Harry Palmer, recorded at the Gold Medal Competition 2016.
With some of the UK's leading composers amongst Trinity Laban's Faculty of Music, we are able to provide you with access to some of the most innovative and dynamic composers in their fields. They all look beyond music alone for their artistic influence and means of expression, and are highly experienced collaborators in the fields of dance, film, theatre, installation and other visual arts.