Welcome to my brand new blog that aims to document my experience of Trinity Laban's CoLab Festival 2017. This year I am lucky enough to be involved with the Brexchange Cello Ensemble, a project organised by Belgian cellist Thibault Blanchard Dubois along with Professor David Cohen. Here's a press release I wrote earlier...
EU Students Oppose Brexit with Musical Collaboration
Tuesday 24th January 2017
Music students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London, UK, and the Conservatoire Royal de Mons, Belgium, will collaborate in a project that aims to break down barriers and strengthen European relations following the UK vote for Brexit.
The Brexchange Cello Ensemble will meet for the first time as part of the Trinity Laban CoLab Festival 2017, a two-week long learning opportunity that aims to empower students to take artistic risks, and to learn and think differently.
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance, and aims to redefine and reclaim the conservatoire model of learning for the 21st century, building on the legacy of its past, while embracing the new, experimental and unexpected.
In keeping with this vision, thirteen musicians – in the combination of ten cellists, two composers, and a singer – will spend a week rehearsing a varied programme to include Villa-Lobos’ well-known Bacchianas Brasilieras and two world premieres for cello ensemble.
The project was put together by award-winning cellists Thiabult Blanchard Dubois and Urska Horvat, under the guidance of Professor David Cohen. They are joined by young British Soprano Verity Bramson and composers Anandi Casanova and Eliott Delafosses. Many of the music students will have never met before the start of the project, and most will be travelling to London from European countries including Portugal, Spain, France, Slovenia and Belgium.
Trinity Laban’s CoLab 2017 will play host to no fewer than 125 different projects, including the Brexchange Jazz Ensemble that similarly joins together twelve students from colleges around Europe to form a brand new collective performing jazz, funk and folk music.
The Brexchange Cello Ensemble project will culminate in a performance in the Peacock Room, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, on Friday 17th February 2017 at 16:00. Entry is free of charge. Join the Facebook event here.
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance is part of the Maritime Greenwich Wold Heritage Site and is located at King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10 9JF.