The Music of the Palace

Last week I had a delightful day at the Hampton Court Palace, one of London’s top choices for a one-day getaway.

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The majestic building and its surroundings appeal to every taste: there are plenty of roses to smell, a funny maze to discover, intriguing never-ending galleries of important history to appreciate, and astonishing gardens to gaze at.

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However, what really intrigued me the most during the day was (of course!) the music! There were shows around the palace with examples of Tudor dances, as in the time of famous King Henry VIII, who lived in the palace:

I learnt in the indoor exhibitions that King Henry VIII was in fact a composer and that some of his repertoire is still known and performed today. Listening to his compositions brings to life all the things that I’ve seen in the palace, and really makes me imagine what it was like to live in that time.

As we moved to the more recent parts of the building, the music changed from Renaissance to Baroque, and we got to hear some examples of marvellous Händel artistry.

As I am aware of the different music periods in history, it was absolutely exciting to move around the different parts of the building (which was rebuilt several times by its different royal owners) with the respective music style.

I definitely recommend a day off at Hampton Court Palace, a dream for the eyes and ears of anyone. A cultural gem and a breath of fresh air!

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Creativity and Entrepreneurship: How to Survive in London.

Ever wondered why London is ridiculously expensive to live in? Well, the answer is obvious – because everyone wants to be in London. If you’re living in London or are bound to come, congratulations! You have gotten yourself a corner in one of the most popular places in the globe. However, if you want to keep it, you’ve got to earn it! London is not a place to lay back and be passive, waiting for work to come. It is the centre of Entrepreneurship and every single resident must look up for the right offers, take the right opportunities as soon as they come and also create own chances to make it and stand out from the crowds.

As a member/ambassador of LUIP, I was offered the chance to take part in an Entrepreneurial workshop, at Kingston University, lead by Dr. Martha Mador. Although I have been very lucky to be studying in a school that trains us to the highest level of entrepreneurial thinking, this workshop made me reflect on some aspects that lead to success at the present time. We are on a post-modern society that is desperate for new IDEAS, and new ways of exploring what already exists.

1. Problem/Solution

Every idea that aims to be a good, valid and successful idea must come from a necessity – it is originated through a process of problem-solving thinking. Therefore, in order to think creatively, we must start by problematising.

2. Collaboration makes Genious

Nowadays, although the individual voice is praised in its unique character, the most effective way to grow, sustain and develop ideas is through team building and discussion. Collaboration allows several unique voices to generate problems and solutions that can be debated in order to check whether they can be applied to a wide population. The more varied the backgrounds of team members are, the wider the possibilities. Different philosophies can converge in a single powerful idea, accepted by various examples of population.

3. Network/Discussion

Building a team for discussion is naturally a strong step towards entrepreneurship. It can happen casually through networking, by debating a certain common theme of interest in a cafe, or it can be officially set up according to common areas of specialisation and variety of backgrounds.

4. Recycling makes New

The Era of inventions has sadly come to an end (in theory), and the best we can do today is to recycle ideas and make them new again, as there is so much that has already been invented so far (and so many necessities that have luckily been fulfilled). The present trend is to solve a problem using pre-existing solutions to other problems. That’s why networking and collaboration are again so important – they allow that people share problems and solutions from different areas of specialisation, creating possible common solutions.

5. The Accordion Effect

This is the complete process of creativity thinking – a flow of air with expansion and contraction of motion, just like the movement that is necessary to play an accordion. We brainstorm and accept all discoveries at first, so that we have then a wide range of material for selection in the second part of the process.

Dr. Mador called it a Diamond Effect. As a musician, I see it as accordion playing.

As this is an art/music-related blog, this is my cue to insert here a bit of an artsy element. Take a look (and a listen) at the Crazy Accordion Trio. A very suggestive name for a group of 3 entrepreneurs, who decided to apply their classical training in Accordion in covers of pop songs, appealing to young people who wouldn’t normally care about acoustic accordion playing. This video has more than a quarter of a million views. Not bad for an accordion trio!

Working and/or studying in London can be mentally hard, as we struggle to get positive figures at the end of each week, when subtracting rent and expenses to all our income. But it is the ideal place for achievers and it can be really rewarding (both financially and socially) once we put our projects into practice. START NOW!

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Trinity Laban

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. That is the place where I am spending three years of my life and, as an International Study Ambassador, I feel I should share the top five arguments that make this school one of the best places in the world to grow as a performing artist.

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1. LONDON – THE PLACE TO BE

Obviously, a primary reason to choose to study at Trinity Laban is definitely its location. London is really the capital of Europe when it comes to opportunities for cultural development and creative experimentation. An infinite row of platforms where you can experiment, collaborate, train and develop your skills as a performing artist. After the enough freelance experience and exposure, the amount of work offers will shock you in a very positive way. Indeed, the great majority of TL students work and study at the same time, and as TL students, we know how to handle it!

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2. CONSERVATOIRE TRAINING – AN INTENSE JOURNEY

Yes, conservatoire training can get pretty intense – some days you won’t get enough sleep and enough meals. Some days you won’t want to leave the building. The type of training Trinity Laban offers is the one that really prepares you for the real world, giving you all the necessary tools to survive as an artist in the real business, and feeding your dedication and motivation levels not to give up when a challenge comes! By the way, you can also choose not to face an intense training, as the programmes at TL are so flexible and optional!

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3. MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATRE – COLAB MOTTO

Collaboration is the most often used word inside TL. In a very unusual habitat comprising Musical Theatre, Music and Dance students, it is really exciting to see the amount and quality of cross-disciplinary projects that come out on a regular basis. We even have the CoLab season when, for two weeks, everybody stops lessons and takes part in collaborative projects in challenging out-of-comfort-zone areas, for the sake of experimentation and learning-through-process.

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4. GREENWICH AREA – FAR FROM CROUDS BUT CENTRAL ENOUGH

They say Greenwich is not London anymore. Well, it is indeed still Zone 2(!!!) and it is amazingly located by the Thames river and with huge residential areas nearby (Deptford, Lewisham, Charlton, Blackheath), being perfect for an exciting lifestyle for students. The centre is reachable through DLR, Train, Bus, and even Boats!! What else can you ask for?

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5. OPEN AND FORWARD-LOOKING CREATIVITY HUB

It is inevitable to compare Trinity Laban with the other three major music colleges from London – Royal Academy, Royal College and Guildhall. At the moment, TL ranks #4 in the common sense, but goes much higher than that in all the official rankings – Almost 99% of our first degree leavers in 2012-13 were in employment or further study six months after graduation – the second highest figure across the entire UK higher education sector.

Trinity Laban may not be the first option at the moment, as it is looking well beyond the present and is preparing to be the future’s incontestable number one! It doesn’t have the “Royal” tab attached to its name, so it doesn’t attract elites, nor it is located in the City of London to get all those posh sponsorships. But what it is and where it is will serve a huge community of friendly and dedicated performers who are ready for life and will be the next generation of creative entrepreneurs.

Coming to study at Trinity Laban was the best thing that happened to me in professional terms. Such a vibrant city and an exciting school environment led me to take on unbelievable opportunities and challenge myself at never-before-seen levels. These three years are shaping me as an artist and will have the hugest impact on my career development.