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TL Sinfonia Strings and schools side-by-side in recent tour

Tue 19 December 2023

Trinity Laban’s Sinfonia Strings recently visited four partner secondary schools to explore the strings family. Young people aged 11 to 18 enjoyed a varied programme by Mendelssohn, Philip Herbert, and Holst as part of our interactive concert.

During the concert, school students also joined our Sinfonia Strings side-by-side to perform Górecki’s Three Pieces in Old Style. This composition was written for string orchestra in response to a comment by publishing director Tadeusz Ochlewski that Górecki‘s music lacked melody. First performed in 1964, the work combines elements of folk with contemporary musical techniques. The performance was led by our String Department Head, Professor Nic Pendlebury.

The tour marks the launch of an exciting project for Trinity Laban, the Side by Side Strings initiative, which continues throughout this year and beyond. It is one of many chances for local schools to experience live music through our Public Engagement programmes. The project also presents a wonderful opportunity for our musicians to join forces with school string players and gain education skills, while spreading a love for collective musicianship.

To find out more about our teaching staff and programmes, visit the Strings Department page.