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29th July, 2015

Trinity Laban students and alumni part of BBC Proms opening weekend

Music and dance students and alumni from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance take to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall this weekend to perform in two Ten Pieces concerts as part of this year’s BBC Proms opening weekend. This collaboration involves a unique ensemble specially brought together for these performances to perform Anna Meredith’s Connect It, created in collaboration with choreographer David Ogle, who is also a Trinity Laban alumnus.  Commissioned in 2014 specially for BBC Music’s Ten Pieces initiative, Connect It is a body percussion work and demands that its performers combine both musical and movement skills. Rehearsals took place this week at the award-winning Laban Building.

The Trinity Laban Connect It Ensemble showcases the creative talent of both current students and recent graduates, nurtured by the institution’s world-leading teaching staff. Trinity Laban is the largest of the UK conservatoires, and the only one to focus on the twin disciplines of music and dance.

The performance on Saturday 18 July will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and the performance on Sunday 19 July will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 2. The Prom will also be broadcast on CBBC. The Ten Pieces concerts are the culmination of the first year of the BBC’s Ten Pieces project, inspiring a generation of primary school children to get creative with classical music.

The BBC’s Ten Pieces project launched in 2014. It featured special screenings for schools in cinemas across the UK of an inspiring new film introducing ten pieces of classical music to children. Across the UK, children have worked on their own creative responses to music by Beethoven, Britten, Mozart, Mussorgsky and others, with the help of the BBC’s Performing Groups. Some of the results, including digital art, dance and new compositions,will be performed by pupils from four primary schools from across the UK in the BBC’s Ten Pieces Proms alongside extracts from the ten pieces that inspired them, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

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