Teaching resources are available for many of Trinity Laban’s recent Schools’ Concerts, with background on the music featured and related classroom activities to delve into. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more:
KS4 Concert: Queen, Spalding & Bach!
09 February 2024
In this specially created concert performed by Trinity Laban musicians from its popular music, jazz and classical music degree programmes, Key Stage 4 students experienced music they might not otherwise hear live – all linked to current GCSE music syllabi. Our expert presenter guided students through each style with live musical illustration, and brought set works and topics to life.
The concert explored:
- Jazz and Latin rhythms, through the music of Esperanza Spalding;
- What makes a piece sound Baroque? – illustrated using ‘Badinerie’ by J.S. Bach;
- Techniques and conventions of popular music, featuring ‘Killer Queen’ and other excerpts.
Orchestra Explorers: KS2 Schools’ Concert, November 2023
3 November 2023
Soaring melodies. Dancing flutes. Energetic, marching rhythms. Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra’s latest interactive schools’ concert explored the music of Prokofiev’s Symphony No.7.
From the composer of Peter and the Wolf, this symphony explores a magical, fairy-tale world and audiences were taken on a thrilling tour of the symphony orchestra. Unusual instruments had their chance to shine: a shimmering harp, a musical ‘ticking clock’, and the menacing march rhythms of the low wind and brass.
Fairy Tales & A Firebird: Years 1 – 4 Schools’ Concert
30 June 2023
A prince and thirteen princesses. A frozen garden. An evil magician and a magical firebird. In this concert aimed at Years 1 – 4, Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra and dancers from the conservatoire brought Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’ to life, in the beautiful surroundings of the newly refurbished Catford Broadway. Let the music of Igor Stravinsky pull you into this enchanting world of fairy tales and folklore.
KS2: Beethoven 5 – 9 March 2023
An opportunity for primary school audiences to explore up-close, and live one of the most famous symphonies of all time: Beethoven 5. Together with a presenter and live orchestra from Trinity Laban, the concert shone a spotlight on the dramatic moments and musical ingredients behind this epic music.
KS5 – 7 March 2023
The first session focused on the composition element of A-level music. Composer Leo Geyer unpacked several A-level student compositions, highlighting common themes, suggestions and ideas for taking students’ compositions to the next level.
In the afternoon, students enjoyed live performances from Trinity Laban musicians. The session focused on the analysis and exploration of selected set works from the AQA and Edexcel A-level Music syllabuses. Featuring live performances and a chance to hear excerpts which illustrated important musical elements, this concert provided a great introduction to analysis. Audiences were given the opportunity to ask questions about the repertoire and talk to Trinity Laban students about studying music at one of London’s top conservatoires.
Featuring live performances of excerpts from the following set works from AQA and Edexcel:
Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro (Act I)
The Beatles, selected tracks from the album Revolver
Clara Wieck-Schumann, Piano Trio in G Minor Op. 17, mvt. 1
A Musical Journey Through London: Trinity Laban Key Stage 1 Schools’ Concert
29 June 2022
A whistle-stop tour; from the chimes of busy Westminster to a lazy summer’s day on Hampstead Heath, students heard the sounds that make London the bustling, vibrant city we know and love. The concert featured excerpts from The London Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams. We began at sunrise over the Thames and ended at sunset seeing everything the city has to offer!
Four Seasons in One Day: Trinity Laban Key Stage 2 Schools’ Concert
Friday 25 March 2022 | Great Hall, Blackheath Halls
Presenter Rosie Bergonzi revealed why Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is still so popular with audiences despite being written nearly 300 years ago, and how the music is as relevant as ever. Students discovered how Vivaldi musically represents scenes of each season, as depicted in sonnets published alongside the score – from the bird song of Spring to the cracking of ice in Winter.
Trinity Laban Key Stage 4 Schools’ Concert
4 March 2022
Presenter Patrick Bailey and musicians from Trinity Laban performed some of the GCSE set works from the AQA, Pearson Edexcel and OCR syllabuses. From Vivaldi to Wicked, Trinity Laban’s most exciting musicians brought this music to life in an interactive setting.
Bliss By The Lakeside: Trinity Laban Key Stage 2 Schools’ Concert
25 June 2021
Presenter Lucy Drever took KS2 students inside the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra to discover all of the different instruments that conjure up the serene lakes and tranquil countryside of Austria, where Johannes Brahms composed his second symphony. They experienced the unique thrill of live orchestral music inside the beautiful Blackheath Halls Concert Hall.
A Level Digital Schools’ Concert, 2020
Presenter, conductor and composer Patrick Bailey joined musicians from Trinity Laban for this specially-created concert seminar film, with focused analysis and exploration of selected set works from the AQA and Pearson Edexcel A Level Music syllabuses. Filmed at Blackheath Halls, students were able to experience the music in intimate detail, focusing in on specific excerpts which illustrated important musical elements.
GCSE Music Concert
28 November 2019
Patrick Bailey presented an afternoon exploring some of the set works from the Edexcel and AQA Exam syllabuses. Students were able to hear up close music by Henry Purcell, Aaron Copland and Steve Reich in this interactive concert. They found out more about the inner workings of the repertoire and had the opportunity to ask their own questions about the pieces.
A Level Music concert
29 November 2019
This concert provided live musical performances and analysis of A Level set works which feature on the Edexcel and AQA exam syllabuses. Students were able to find out more about set works written by Mozart, Debussy and Stravinsky, and make the most of the opportunity to ask Trinity Laban students what life is really like at one of London’s top conservatoires!
Epic Tunes & Alpine Horns: Trinity Laban Key Stage 2 Schools’ Concert
26 March 2019
An introduction to the world of the orchestra for primary school pupils. Presenter Lucy Drever took our audience inside the orchestra to find out about the different instruments and their personalities, how they work together as a team and how someone has to try to keep them all in line!
Family Concert: Tall Tales, Magical Myths and the Stuff of Legends
2 March 2019
A mischievous water goblin, a loving family, and an underwater wedding with fish for bridesmaids! These tall tales provided the inspiration for Dvořák’s symphonic poems, which create a murky underwater realm full of secrets and mischief. This was a concert for the whole family, presented by Lucy Drever and a full live orchestra performing music with the power to draw one into a world where things are not quite what they seem…
Schools Concert for KS2 Students: What’s so good about Beethoven?
7 February 2019
Key stage 2 students joined us in an exploration of the imagination of a true super‑hero of the music world and the clever tools he used to create his thrilling music. With a live orchestra from Trinity Laban, presenter Sarah Freestone brought us on an exciting, tailor-made journey to discover Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, a symphony sprinkled with dramatic moments and musical jokes, and with the unexpected around every corner!
Schools Concerts: A Level Seminar
16 November 2018
Presenter Patrick Bailey and musicians from Trinity Laban spent the afternoon doing focused analysis and exploration of selected set works from the Edexcel A Level Music syllabus: Kaija Saariaho, Petals for Violoncello and Live Electronics, Clara Wieck-Schumann, Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17: movement 1 and Mozart, The Magic Flute: Excerpts from Act I no. 4 (Queen of the Night), 5 (Quintet).
KS1 Schools’ Concert : Blast of Brass!
03 May 2018
Loud! Powerful! Shiny! Brass instruments are the superheroes of the instrument family. They swoop in and save the day with their super-sonic strength of sound. Like most superheroes however, there is more to this confident swagger than meets the eye. Our KS1 audiences heard another side of these bold, fearless instruments as presenter Lucy Drever and the Trinity Laban Brass Ensemble guided us through a jam-packed concert featuring the music of Errolyn Wallen, Bach and Debussy, AND there was the chance to join in with a specially-written song by composer and trumpeter Laura Jurd!
Other past performances have included An Introduction to the Orchestra, Sketches of Spain, The World of Strings, Carnival of the Animals, Shakespeare and Story-telling Through Composition, Rite of Spring, Singing through the Ages and Musical Theatre Showcase.