Studying a wind, brass or percussion instrument at Trinity Laban will allow you to combine rigorous technical training with the flexibility to develop as a creative individual. Our world-class teachers will inspire and support you as you develop as a musician and as a person, deepening your technical and musical understanding on your journey towards professional musicianship. Alongside intensive training, you will be encouraged to broaden your experience by collaborating with performers across the conservatoire.
We offer inspirational teachers, magnificent surroundings, unique performance opportunities and a supportive atmosphere helping you become a high-class, versatile musician.
Your generous allocation of individual Principal Study lessons will allow you to study with some of the best musicians in the world. Additional small group tuition and instrument-specific classes will enable you to further develop your skills. You may also elect to study a related, period, jazz or doubling instrument, or another discipline to complement your specific interests.
Weekly Departmental classes support your Principal Study and equip you for the diverse world of professional music- making. Classes cover a host of topics, including repertoire, technique, style, genre, performance, transposition, sight reading, recording studio techniques, doubling, period instruments and combating performance anxiety.
You will be encouraged to utilise the diverse collaborative opportunities at your doorstep within the conservatoire environment, developing key ensemble skills through weekly chamber music classes. Our outstanding coaching will provide you with invaluable opportunities to hone your individual voice within a small group context.
Oboes and bassoons receive regular reed-making classes, and there are also classes in specific doubling instruments, including piccolo, cor anglais, bass clarinet, E-flat clarinet, contrabassoon, SATB saxophones and doubling on flute and clarinet.
As a brass player you will receive high level instrumental training alongside the opportunity to get involved in a huge variety of different bands, ensembles and projects, from the more traditional symphony orchestra and brass band to chamber groups, improvisation workshops, rock and jazz bands. You will be challenged to discover and pursue your own fields of interest whilst building a foundation of technical and musical excellence.
The training you will receive as a percussionist at Trinity Laban closely mirrors the demands of an ever more excitingly diverse and varied music profession. This may embrace orchestral, chamber, solo, theatre, studio, world, improvisation, rock and myriad other types of music. We encourage you to explore your interests, find your metier and emerge a confident, versatile and highly skilled performer, at home in any number of professional contexts.
Performance is vital to the life of the department. We encourage you to take every opportunity to refine your skills as a soloist, ensemble and chamber performer, from playing in large ensembles,to exploring chamber repertoire and improvisation-based work. Our ensembles include: symphony orchestra, brass ensemble, chamber orchestra, opera orchestra, contemporary music group, musical theatre band, wind orchestra, saxophone choir, symphonic winds, percussion ensemble and wind ensemble.
Our lunchtime concert series in the beautiful Old Royal Naval College Chapel and St Alfege Church provides regular opportunities to give public recitals, alongside opportunities to play at top London venues such as Kings Place and Southbank Centre.
We also offer regular Side by Side projects with top orchestras which give you the opportunity to perform together with world-leading professionals. Recent Side by Side projects have been given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Facilities and Instruments
The Department holds a large collection of woodwind instruments that students may borrow, often on long-term loan. The collection includes: piccolos; alto flutes; bass flute; cors anglais; oboes d’amore; E-flat clarinets; C clarinets; A clarinets; basset horns; bass clarinets; contrabass clarinets in E-flat and B-flat; contrabassoons; sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophones, piccolo trumpets; E-flat trumpets; cornets; flugel horns; alto trombones; tenor trombones; bass trombone; alphorns; natural trumpets; cornetts; hand horns; alto, tenor and bass sackbuts, and a suite of tuned and untuned percussion instruments.
Dedicated practice suites for Brass and Percussion are also available.
Under the direction of our acclaimed teaching staff, you will benefit from regular chamber music coaching which encompasses both standard groups such as quintets and dectets as well as more unusual combinations. We also encourage you to work with students from other genres, including cross-discipline groups, mixed media and improvisation.
Our masterclass programme is second to none, and gives you the chance to learn from leading artists, including principals from the LSO, CBSO and LA Philharmonic.
Recent visitors include: Adam Walker, Emily Beynon, Celia Craig, Rainer Gibbons, Barnaby Robson, Harri Mäki, Emily Hultmark, Jérôme Laran, Tong Yang, Jean-Denis Michat, and soloists from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.
Recent visitors include: Andrew Bain, Frank Lloyd, Szabolcs Zempléni, Philip Cobb, Thomas Hooten, John Wallace, Brandt Attema, Dudley Bright, Zoltan Kiss, Paul Milner, Sergio Carolino and Patrick Harrild.
Recent workshops have been given by Joby Burgess, Adrian Bending, Dave Elliott, Mark McDonald, Daniella Ganeva, Buster Birch, Kuljit Bhamra and Andy Smith.
Yasmin Ogilvie tours internationally with Astraeus Saxophone Quartet and dance bands Hedkandi, Ministry of Sound and High on Heels.
Kevin Banks is principal clarinet of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, following eight years as principal clarinet with Opera North.
Claire McInerny has played in the house band on The X-Factor, Parkinson and Strictly Come Dancing.
Danielle Hartley has played in numerous West End productions, including Merrily We Roll Along and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Rebecca Allen is Managing Director of Decca Records.
Sarah Butler is Principal Trumpet of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Bernard Doughty plays trombone with the Orqesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria.
Ian Parkes is horn soloist with the Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Royal Opera House and the London Brass Consort.
Rob Croft is Head of Brass at Berkshire Maestros.
Becky Brass played percussion in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at the National Theatre, and at the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012.
Oliver Taylor is Principal Timpanist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin.
Paul Turner is Principal Timpanist with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Kate Eyre is Principal Timpanist with English National Ballet.
Corrina Silvester was Percussion Chair for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End.
Dave Elliott is a West End drummer who has played in numerous shows including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Thriller Live and Jersey Boys.
Kieran Leonard was the featured bodhran soloist on feature film How to Train your Dragon 2. He freelances regularly with English National Opera and plays with international touring show Celtic Legends.
To view the impressive organisations that our alumni have worked with, visit Alumni Destinations.
For more information on the successes of Trinity Laban Wind, Brass and Percussion graduates and what they have to say about the course, visit Alumni Profiles.
Wind, Brass and Percussion at Trinity Laban
Our Wind, Brass and Percussion students are trained to be first-class musicians and performers, able to work confidently at the highest levels. View the gallery to see our students in action.
- 1 - The Gold Medal Competition, held at Kings Place, London
- 2 - Rude Health: A Festival of New Music
- 3 - Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra performing at Blackheath Halls, London
- 4 - Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra performing at Cadogan Hall, London
- 5 - Side by Side project with members of Trinity Laban teaching staff
New partnership with Bournemouth Symphony OrchestraTrinity Laban today announced a new long-term partnership with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra aimed at increasing professional development for young musicians across the South of England as well as increasing the diversity of the UK orchestral profession.Tue 24 Jan 2017#Music #Side by Side
Menotti: Amahl and the Night VisitorsSat 9 Dec 2017#Opera #Classical