Trinity Laban String Ensemble | Gabriel Fauré - Nocturne, conducted by Nic Pendlebury.

"Today's string musicians need to be dynamic and innovative, comfortable and secure in performing in a range of contexts be it concert platform, opera house, studio, festival or club. With a highly tuned understanding of a wide range of repertoire, styles and techniques, today's musician needs to be able to adapt and respond to the ever evolving, diverse world of music in which we live and work. Our carefully designed training prepares you for this world whether you have aspirations to be a soloist, chamber musician, member of an orchestra or a generative artist. Under the guidance of our internationally renowned Principal Study teachers, chamber coaches and visiting artists, Trinity Laban will help you become the very best you can be, enabling you to develop an enquiring musical mind and technical security necessary to flourish as a musician in the 21st century."

Nic Pendlebury
Head of Strings

Student Testimonial

Grace Buttler, fourth-year BMus (Hons) student, violinist


  • Every string student receives individual tuition on a weekly basis, together with an additional allocation of one to one lessons to enhance their Principal Study learning. These additional hours known as Principal Study Enhancement (PSE) enable students to undertake related or complementary study of a period instrument, jazz, or related instrument (eg. viola for violinists). Additionally all students receive occasional group tuition from their Principal Study teacher.
  • Weekly Departmental classes cover a host of subjects designed to support your Principal Study and equip you for the diverse world of classical music
  • Chamber Music is compulsory for all of our students. You will receive weekly coaching from our internationally acclaimed staff, all of whom regularly perform in the country's leading ensembles.


  • Regular performance opportunities provide a focal point for constructive criticism from teaching staff and peers alike. These weekly sign up classes give performance opportunities in both recital and chamber repertoire.
  • There are also regular opportunites to perform in our lunchtime concert series in a variety of venues, including the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Blackheath Concert Halls and St Alfege's Church
  • Bowed string and harp students are able to perform in a variety of large ensembles including our Symphony, Chamber and Opera Orchestras, String Ensemble, Contemporary Music Group, Pit Band and Sinfonia (our training orchestra for first and second year students)
  • Guitar students also experience large ensemble activity as members of the Trinity Laban Guitar Orchestra
  • There are many opportunities for collaboration, for example with choreographers and dancers from Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance, as well as participating in specialist historical music projects, forming part of our Baroque or Classical Orchestra.


The Faculty of Music runs a significant number of competitions, with opportunities for students to take part in a wide range of events. From chamber music to solo competitions, there is something for everyone.  


Trinity Laban has a fine collection of string instruments and harps available to students for short term loans. Students and staff also enjoy the benefits of an on-site Luthier who is able to rehair bows and repair instruments.

To find out more about studying within the Strings Department, check out the Bowed Strings, Guitar or Harp pages.

Alumni Success

Southbank Sinfonia logoTrinity Laban alumni regularly go on to successful employment as soloists, chamber musicians and with the UK’s leading orchestras. 

String alumni are also extremely well represented within elite youth and training orchestras. For 2017, three alumni (Elin Parry, Andrea Montalbano and Claire Sledd) have been selected to perform with Southbank Sinfonia, which brings together 33 outstanding graduates from around the world. 

Andrea said: “This was one of my goals and dreams after my studies and I'm glad I’ve made it a reality! I would like to thank all the teachers who supported me at Trinity Laban, my time there was great and I changed a lot - both as musician and a person.”

For more information see our news item, or read our alumni profiles.

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Gavin Bryars’ 'The Sinking of the Titanic'

Sinking of the Titanic is a work by British minimalist composer Gavin Bryars. Inspired by the story that the band on the Titanic continued to perform as the ship sank, it recreates how the music performed by the band would reverberate through the water some time after they ceased performing. Composed between 1969 and 1972, the work is now considered one of the classics of British experimental music.

Trinity Laban's Head of Strings Nicholas Pendlebury talks about Gavin Bryars' piece and what it was like working with String Ensemble on this project:


Trinity Laban's String Ensemble performs Gavin Bryars' Piece 'The Sinking of the Titanic':