Something for everyone: the Trinity Proms 2018

By - Friday 29th June, 2018

Come and support two great causes at this marvellous musical event

Photo by Paul Kerr, used with permission.

The Trinity Parents’ Association is holding its annual Proms event on Saturday 7th July 2018 at the school grounds in Shirley. This exciting and broad-based outdoor music event has been growing in popularity since its inception in 2010.

This year’s Proms offers top-quality performances from the students, which include Steinway Scholar and Trinity Musician of the Year pianist Amiri Harewood. Amiri gained his Grade 8 distinction at the tender age of 11 and has since gone on to perform at Palazzo Cavagnis and Palazzo Pesaro in Venice. Amiri has given piano performances at Leighton House Museum, Institut Francais, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Etchingham Music Festival. He also has Grade 8 distinction in cello.

A highlight of the evening will be the world-famous Trinity Boys’ Choir which has sung on numerous Hollywood film soundtracks (such as Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Maleficent, The Hunger Games and Captain America) as well as having opened the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2017 on BBC1. The choir has performed at Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House and English National Opera. David Swinson, a fellow of the Royal College of Organists, is both director of the choir and Director of Music at the school.

There will be high-quality jazz and swing from the Trinity Big Band

The Trinity Big Band, who often guest at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s, will be delivering their usual high-quality jazz/swing arrangements, all in the very capable hands of Musical Director Lewis Brito Babapulle, a former Trinity School student. Also on stage will be some of the cast of the recent Trinity production of the musical Oliver! Many who attended the performances commented that it felt like the West End had come to Croydon, such was the quality of the production. Director Chris Chambers who together with musical director Gillian Kitchen staged the show is bringing segments of the musical to life again for the Proms.

Opening the programme is The Twist UK, an up-and-coming band that plays original music that’s a mixture of pop, R&B, indie, funk and other styles. This five-piece band includes two current sixth form Trinity students, bass player Tom Pacitti and drummer Kieran Crowley. Both are versatile personalities, as Tom has taken on the daunting task of being MC for the evening and Kieran opens and then closes the show in his role as the exceptionally talented jazz drummer with the Trinity Big Band.

One of two guests for the evening is Hannah White, a London-based singer/songwriter, who is gathering a rapidly growing media following, having featured on Gary Crowley’s BBC Radio London show and Tom Robinson’s BBC6 Music show. A recent performance on Gaby Roslin’s BBC Radio London show was described as “just incredible”. Features in Maverick and Country Music magazines have further spread the word about her talents. Hannah runs an independent music venue, The Sound Lounge, which she crowdfunded with her guitarist husband Keiron to support the careers of other independent artists like herself. Her music is influenced by country, blues, folk, pop and soul, but remains distinctly her own.

Photo by Paul Kerr, used with permission.

The other guest is piano virtuoso Johan Hugosson. Born in Sweden, he studied piano at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Royal Danish Conservatoire in Copenhagen, as well as composition at the London College of Music. He won numerous prizes and scholarships as a student, notably from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. An extraordinarily gifted pianist, Johan has a unique and accessible style and his original compositions are drawn from classical music and jazz. In 2015, he was commissioned by the Financial Times and the Swedish Embassy in London to write a new Christmas carol called ‘The Rune Carol’. Johan’s percussionist this evening, Matt Whittington, is a former Trinity School pupil.

There is something to everyone’s musical taste at the Trinity Proms, not to mention the fireworks, the delicious hamburgers and much else. Casio Music UK is enhancing the proms experience by kindly providing a top-of-the-range digital hybrid piano to try on the day.

The Trinity Proms 2018 is held in aid of two great causes. These are CLIC Sargent, the children’s cancer charity helping families limit the damage it causes beyond their health, which was chosen by parents as their charity of the year. The other is the Trinity Malawi project, through which the school has committed to support children in their link school, Chipwepweti.

Tickets are £15 for adults and £7.50 for children or over-65s. Children under five are free. You can buy tickets here or they will be available on the door on the day. 

Geri Perry

Geri Perry

Geri is a national TV, radio and press publicist within the music business and has lived in Croydon since 2016, as her son was offered a place at Trinity School. She loves books, comedy, films and of course music. Oh, and Rioja!

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