Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
|Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance|
|Established||2005 – merger of Trinity College of Music and Laban Dance Centre
1872 – founding of Trinity College of Music
|Patron||The Duke of Kent|
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is a music and dance school based in London, England. It was formed in 2005 as a merger of two older institutions – Trinity College of Music and Laban Dance Centre. Today the conservatoire has around 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students based at two campuses in Greenwich and Deptford in London.
History of Trinity College of Music 
Trinity College of Music was founded in central London in 1872 by The Rev'd. Henry George Bonavia Hunt to improve the teaching of church music. The College began as the Church Choral Society, whose diverse activities included choral singing classes and teaching instruction in church music. Gladstone was an early supporter during these years. A year later, in 1873, the college became the College of Church Music, London. In 1876 the college was incorporated as the Trinity College London. Initially, only male students could attend and they had to be members of the Church of England.
In 1881, the College moved to Mandeville Place off Wigmore Street in Central London, which remained its home for over a hundred years. The college took over various neighbouring buildings in Mandeville Place. These were finally united in 1922 with the addition of a Grecian portico, and substantial internal reconstruction to create a first floor concert hall and an impressive staircase. However, other parts of the college retained a complicated layout reflecting its history as three separate buildings. The building is now occupied by the School of Economic Science.
Trinity moved to its present home in Greenwich in 2001. King Charles Court was constructed by John Webb as part of Greenwich Palace, subsequently absorbed into the Royal Naval Hospital complex, designed in part by Sir Christopher Wren, which had later become part of the Royal Naval College. To make the buildings suitable for Trinity's use and remove the accretions of a century of RNC occupation required a substantial refurbishment programme. Work to provide new recital rooms revealed that the building's core incorporates masonry from the Tudor palace. The overall cost of the move to Greenwich was £17 million.
Many of the college's staff also teach at the Junior Trinity, a Saturday music school for talented young musicians who are keen on pursuing a musical career. Trinity was the first music college to create such a department, and many conservatoires have now followed in Trinity's steps.
Trinity College London 
Trinity College London was founded in 1877 as the external examinations board of Trinity College of Music. Today, the board's examinations are taken by students in over 60 countries, giving external students the opportunity to attain qualifications across a range of disciplines in the performing arts and arts education and English language learning and teaching. Trinity College London is based at 89 Albert Embankment in central London.
Trinity College of Music's association with Freemasonry 
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Trinity College of Music has a long association with The Masonic Order. In 1878, the Trinity College Lodge no 1765 was founded by seven members of the college who were Freemasons, including The Rev Henry George Bonavia Hunt. Ever since that time, Freemasonry has been an important, though private feature in the life of the College, amongst both members of staff and increasingly the undergraduate and postgraduate men of the college through the Masonic University Outreach Scheme. Trinity College Lodge is still a thriving masonic lodge, but it is no longer associated with the college, since no men of the college belong to it. A generation ago, there were few, if any, male Trinity students and staff that did not belong to the Masonic Order.
History of Laban Dance Centre 
In 1958, the school moved from Manchester to Addlestone in Surrey, and then to New Cross in London in 1975 where it was renamed the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance. In 1997, it was renamed the Laban Centre London.
In 2002, the centre moved to newly-built premises in Deptford and was renamed the Laban Dance Centre.
Architecture award 
Designed by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (who won the Pritzker Prize in 2001 and who also designed the Tate Modern and the National Stadium in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games), the centre's building in Deptford won the Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2003. Herzog and de Meuron collaborated with visual artist Michael Craig-Martin to create the building. The building includes an eco-technological roof known as a "brown roof".
In The Guardian University Guide 2011 (published in June 2010), Trinity Laban was ranked in the following league tables:
- Joint 1st (with Warwick University) out of 87 institutions in drama and dance.
- 8th out of 71 institutions in music.
- 5th out of 35 in the specialist institutions league table.
Notable alumni 
- Sir John Barbirolli
- Nicola Blackwood, Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon
- Gan See Wee - Classical Guitar Professor
- Heather Harper
- Terry Barber - Countertenor
- Margaret Price
- Joan Cross
- Jim Rattigan
- Simon de Souza
- Philip Turbett
- Granville Bantock
- Ed Welch
- Avril Coleridge-Taylor
- Hugo Sheppard — member of progressive metal band To mera
- Paul Turner — BBC Philharmonic
- James Judd
- Dai Fujikura
- Troy Banarzi
- Ilaiyaraaja — Music composer from India having scored music for nearly 900 movies from late 1970s and gold medalist in Music from Trinity. A Genius from Tamil Filim industry.
- Yo Yo Honey Singh — Music composer from India having scored music for punjabi music as well as bollywood music industry.
- A. R. Rahman — Musical composer from India (Mozart of Madras) winning 2 Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire.
- Alexander Rudd
- Harris Jayaraj - Music composer from India
- Karthik Raja - Music composer from India. Son of Ilaiyaraaja.
- Stephen Devassy - Music composer and a great stage performer from India
- Mickey J Meyer - Music Composer from India
- Mehli Mehta — Conductor/violinist, and father of maestro Zubin Mehta
- Barry Wordsworth (junior music school)
- Debbie Wiseman (junior music school)
- John Powell
- David Lewiston
- Fela Kuti
- Chantal Leverton
- Edith Coates
- Vincent Crane
- Alison Turriff
- Fisher Morgan
- Martin Yates
- Reynaldo Young
- Salim Merchant - Music composer from India paired with his musician brother Sulaiman Merchant
- Lauren Moore
- Luke Walsh
- Cecilia McDowall - Composer
- Howard Arman - Conductor
- Catherine Denley - Mezzo Soprano
- Lea Anderson (choreographer, artistic director, MBE)
- Matthew Bourne (choreographer, OBE)
- Bilinda Butcher (Vocalist/Guitarist of My Bloody Valentine)
- Tom Dale (choreographer)
- Beverley Glean (founder and Artistic Director of Irie!)
- Anjali Jay (actress and dancer)
- Darren Johnston
- Rosemary Lee
- Simon Murphy
- Louise Richards (choreographer and co-founder of Motionhouse)
- Luca Silvestrini and Bettina Strickler (choreographers and founders of Protein Dance)
- Jamie Watton (choreographer and co-founder of Physical Recall)
Notable staff (current & former) 
- Richard Arnell – Former Professor of Composition
- Mulatu Astatke – conga drums
- Issie Barratt – Composer
- Wissam Boustany – Former Professor of Flute
- Oliver Butterworth – Former Professor of Violin
- Nicholas Clapton – Singer (Former Professor of Singing)
- Natalie Clein – Cello
- Christine Croshaw – Professor of Piano, Chamber Music and Accompaniment
- Alison Crum – Professor of Viola da gamba, member of the Rose Consort of Viols
- Meredith Davies – Principal 1979–88
- Graham Anthony Devine – Classical Guitar
- Terry Edwards – Conductor
- Philip Fowke – Piano
- Henry Geehl – Conductor, composer, pianist
- Rivka Golani – Viola
- Richard Jackson – Baritone (Former Professor of German and French Song)
- Philip Jones – Former Professor of trumpet (founder of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble)
- Mark Lockheart – Jazz saxophonist
- Joanna MacGregor – Piano (honorary Professor)
- Oren Marshall – Pioneering electric and acoustic Tuba player
- Stephen Montague – Composer
- Anna Noakes – Professor of Flute
- Andrew Poppy – Composer
- Simon Purcell – Head of Jazz
- Gregory Rose – Conductor, composer
- Daryl Runswick – Composer
- Yonty Solomon – Pianist (Professor of Piano)
- Stephen Stirling – Horn
- John Tavener – Composer (Former Professor of Composition)
- David Thomas – Singer (bass)
- Philip Turbett – Bassoon (modern and historical)
- Gan See Wee – Classical Guitar
- Simon Young – Piano
- Roger Argente – Bass Trombone - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
- RIBA Stirling Prize Winner 2003
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – Official website
- Reviews and Courses – Profile on WhatUni