Trinity Laban offers a unique range of opportunities for wind, brass and percussion students. Our exceptionally strong classical, jazz and musical theatre programmes mean that you will constantly have the chance to broaden your experience, from playing in pit bands to symphony orchestras to exploring chamber repertoire and improvisation-based work. Our students are trained to be first-class musicians and performers, able to work confidently at the highest levels.
"Trinity Laban feels like my second home."
Derryck Nasib, BMus (Hons) alumnus and MMus French Horn
Our Wind, Brass and Percussion teaching staff are drawn from among the best musicians in London, elsewhere in the UK and internationally. You will receive a generous allocation of weekly Principal Study and Principal Study Enhancement individual and small group tuition and instrument-specific classes.
Classes cover topics including repertoire, technique, stylistic issues, different genres, performance, transposition, sight reading, recording studio techniques, doubling, period instruments and performance anxiety. Alongside, you will develop key ensemble skills through weekly chamber music coaching, providing you with valuable and frequent opportunities to learn from outstanding coaches and prepare for performance.
You will be able to access an unparalleled range of performance opportunities. In addition to regular repertoire orchestra, these include solo performance, chamber music, chamber orchestra, symphony orchestra, wind orchestra, opera orchestra, pit band, wind ensemble, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble, double reed ensemble and mixed ensemble activity. You will also be able to become involved in a range of unique events each term: anything from a three-day improvisation festival to performances at top London venues such as the Southbank Centre and Kings Place.
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. Other recent visiting artists include trumpeter Rex Richardson, saxophonist Tong Yang, Concertgebouw Principal Flute Emily Benyon, percussionist Andy Smith, London Brass and the Arx Duo.
The Department holds a large collection of instruments that students may borrow, often on long-term loan. The collection includes: piccolos; alto flutes; bass flute; cor 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; ugel horns; alto trombones; tenor trombones; bass trombone; contrabass trombone; bass trumpet; euphonium; tubas in B flat and C; alphorns; natural trumpets; cornetts; hand horns; and alto, tenor and bass sackbuts.
“My favourite performance experience has to be one of the side-by-side projects, which is when we do an orchestral project in a day with professionals sitting next to us. The whole time the professional’s really pushing you to be the best that you can be...and I think the standard of all the performers is raised purely by having someone so experienced sat next to you.”