United Kingdom, England

Based in London, Trinity Laban is a dance and music conservatoire formed in 2005 from the merging of Laban Dance Center and Trinity College of Music and houses around 1,195 students doing undergraduate and postgraduate courses in its three campuses at New Cross, Deptford and Greenwich. The old Trinity College of Music was founded by Reverend Henry George Bonavia Hunt in 1872 to enhance the teachings of church music through activities like teaching instruction in church music and choral singing classes. Young musicians between the age group of 5 to 19, who want to pursue careers in music are taught by the college’s staves at the Junior trinity that offers vocal and instrumental tuition along with courses at A-level and GCSE in Music and Music Technology to adults. Trinity was the pioneer in creating a department dedicated to young musicians and at present, several conservatoires have similar departments with the students at Junior Trinity continuing to learn at top universities and conservatoires. Founded by Rudolf Laban who was a choreographer and dancer, the Laban Dance Center was known as the Art of Movement Studio and it currently offers classes for children and adults at the Center for Advanced Training.

Campus Life

The campus at Deptford, Laban Creekside has thirteen purpose-built dance studios with eight of them with ballet barres, a dance library, the 300-seat Bonnie Bird Theatre and a smaller studio theatre and the campus at New Cross, Laban Laurie, has several performance laboratories and studios. The Laban Library has the largest open-access specialist research collection on subjects related to dance in various languages and formats including information about ballet, choreography, contemporary dance, dance teaching and dance health. The Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts works with the aim to connect practitioners and performers by providing music information, materials and resources. It has internationally significant collections including unique and rare items that can be used as the basis for dissertations and theses and is the winner of IAML (UK & Irl) Excellence Award 2010, 2014 and 2019 for Music Libraries. The accommodation sites include the McMillan Student Village, private Halls of Residences and rented shared student houses and flats.

Noted Alumni

The most notable alumni include conductors Howard Arman and Sir John Barbirolli, violinists Helen Bower and Thomas Bowes, actresses Radhika Apte and Cressida Bonas and choreographers Lea Anderson and Sir Matthew Bourne.