Elevate your artistry at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
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Elevate your artistry at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Manu Delago’s love for music led him to three different conservatoires across Europe. His favourite? Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Percussionist Delago found its composition faculty exceptionally open-minded and supportive. He was motivated to push boundaries and collaborate with various music departments, dancers, and choreographers. He even met a member of Led Zeppelin. Surrounded by inspiration, it’s easy to understand how the passionate musician evolved into an innovative entrepreneur.

Upon graduating, he toured the world with some of his favourite artists including Björk, Anoushka Shankar and Joss Stone, before shifting focus to his own projects. “The intense travels by air and bus made me think how I, as a musician, can contribute to climate protection,” he explains. “This gave rise to the idea of developing an environmentally friendly alternative to a conventional concert tour.”

In 2021, Delago announced the ReCycling Tour. He and his band travelled approximately 1,600 kilometres around Austria on bicycles for 35 days. They played 25 concerts. This year, the Grammy nominee will cycle over 1,000 kilometres through Europe to share his music with the world.

Delago’s story proves that the realm of possibilities can expand infinitely with the right training, which is precisely what Trinity Laban strives to offer its visionaries. As a world-leading organisation — confirmed by the Office for Students — for training in music, dance and musical theatre, it is the best choice for postgraduate students. Those pursuing advanced studies here can expect to delve deeper into their chosen discipline, hone their skills, expand their knowledge, and refine their artistic voice. How? By exploring disciplines and studying alongside some of the world’s finest artists.

Lindsey Eastham, PG Artist Diploma 2021 Percussionist Photo credit: Tas Kyprianou

Collaboration and teaching excellence is at the heart of the Trinity Laban experience. Cellist Talia Erdal from Israel worked with Conductor Martin André as a member of the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra before becoming the principal cellist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Alex Ferkey from the US called his one-to-one lessons with double bass professor Leon Bosch the “bread and butter” of his education. Natalia Solis Paredes from Mexico would not be the  violist she is today if she wasn’t under the guidance of Richard Crabtree.

“At Trinity Laban, artists work with scientists, students with professionals, teachers with researchers, performers with composers,” says Principal and Professor Anthony Bowne. “Together, we are a global creative community that is second to none. Trinity Laban is a place where you are encouraged to be yourself and to develop your ideas with authenticity and freedom. You have space to experiment and define your expertise. You are welcome here.”

The campus is filled with inviting areas ideal for sharing ideas, not just within students’ own subjects but across others. Trinity Laban’s emphasis on interdisciplinary excellence stems from the fact that the cross-pollination of ideas and skills can enrich the educational experience. In the process, students forge working relationships sure to last a lifetime. London’s Creative Conservatoire’s student body represents over 60 countries, making interaction all the more fruitful.

Many meaningful connections are made during CoLab, Trinity Laban’s annual festival of creativity and innovation. During this time, the already vibrant creative atmosphere reaches new heights, transcending the boundaries of lectures, classes, and assignments for two whole weeks. CoLab sees over 900 students from Trinity Laban’s Faculties of Dance and Music unite under the oversight of expert mentors. Together, they embark on a journey of creation, development, and rehearsal for their ambitious projects.

The festival comes with many performances throughout campus and beyond. In previous years, students have taken CoLab to remarkable venues such as the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Opera House, and the Aarhus Royal Academy of Music in Denmark.

Lauren Auyeung, MFA Creative Practice, 2022 photo credit: Briony Campbell

Several postgraduate programmes can serve as a golden ticket to such experiences and the chance to work in the UK on a two-year visa upon graduating. Trinity Laban’s Master of Music (MMus) programme was designed with aspiring professional musicians in mine, specifically those keen on performing and composing their way to stardom. Those more interested in better understanding the body in motion could pursue the MA/MFA Dance Performance, MA/MFA Choreography, MSc Dance Science, or MFA Dance Science.

These programmes are delivered from the heart of London, recently crowned as the best city in the world for students. Being situated in such a vibrant metropolis provides budding artists with unparalleled opportunities and exposure to the arts scene. London has no shortage of world-class performance venues, galleries, museums, and dance companies, offering a rich cultural environment for tomorrow’s visionaries to explore and engage with.

“One reason I chose Trinity Laban was because of its location,” says Nina Murphy, a second-year MFA Creative Practice: Transdisciplinary student from the US. “One thing I like about living in London is how easy it is to see shows, whether a straight play, a musical or a dance show. There are so many things going on at once, and whatever you’re into, there’s definitely something for you.”

Trinity Laban will be holding music auditions in Singapore on 17 Feb 2024 – to find out more and book a place click here

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