Who are Trinity College London?

This collaboration between what started as three separate schools has created an examinations board which now serves over 70 countries and thousands of students every year. Students are able to sit qualifications in a number of musical instruments, acting, speech and drama, public speaking, musical theater and a whole host of other performance skills in everything from speaking, dancing, acting and music. Trinity College London makes a consistent effort to keep up with the changing landscape of our world, including the addition of a digital syllabus over 2019/2020 so students could continue to sit gain their qualifications through the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 1872, Reverend Henry George Bonavia Hunt felt the teaching of church music needed to be improved, so he established the Church Choral Society, which soon became known as The College of Church Music, London. This institution expanded quickly, offering high quality instruction in church music and choral singing to members of the Church of England. By 1877, The College of Church Music London, had established it’s very own examination board known as Trinity College London.

Around the same time, the Guildhall Orchestral Society was establishing their own music education program, which became known as The Guildhall School of Music, and by 1935, The Guildhall School of Music had added departments offering instruction in voice, speech and acting, officially changing its name to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The Guildhall School of Music and Drama began offering its own examinations to students both within the school and at local examination centers across the country.

The current home of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

During 1946, an Austro-Hungarian dancer, choreographer and movement theoretician, Rudolf Laban was beginning his own adventure by joining the Art of Movement Studio in Manchester. Dancers and teachers loved his ideas around movement, and as the popularity of the studio grew, they continued to outgrow various studios, rebranding several times to reflect the source of their success, finally settling on Laban by 2002 when they settled into their current home in Deptford.