Strength in numbers – teachers and examinations!

Celebrating 150 years! Trinity College London Travel Diary: Part III

Rajasthan, steeped in legend, home of mighty warriors, has a vibrant musical culture. Our first stop was Ajmer. Known for its excellent schools, the city’s music teachers had much to share with us. It was not all work, however, with an impromptu singalong adding an element of fun to the session. Truly, an expression of the joy of making music as a close-knit community!

Trinity adds to the rich cultural heritage
Teachers happy to meet and greet!
Live music session… and it’s a wrap!
Satisfied group of teachers

A short train ride away, Jaipur awaited. While we had much to marvel at in the splendid Pink City, we had much to listen to from the city’s musicians, who put forward their views and news in our lively session.

The pink city beckons
Chai pe charcha!
Making a point
Close knit group of teachers and students

Our whirlwind tour continued southward to some of the largest centres in India. Quality time was spent meeting and interacting with teachers. In this leg, we began with Bangalore, a city where music of all kinds finds appreciative audiences. Bangalore teachers demonstrated that they are an integral part of this lively scene!

Bangalore pays tribute to Mr Das, the doyen of Trinity India with Gandhiji’s favourite hymn Abide with me
Bangalore teachers driving the cities music scene
The academic quintet relaxing after a gainful session

On to Coimbatore where we talked, discussed, heard many points of view—and listened with great pleasure to some impromptu ensemble playing from the hugely talented and dedicated teachers.

A warm welcome from team Coimbatore
Animated conversation before the meet
After the music the meal!

Next stop, Chennai, home of legendary classical and contemporary musicians. Needless to say, our meeting with teachers yielded valuable and thought-provoking ideas to take back.

Strength in numbers – teachers and examinations!
Reflecting Trinity’s message
A show of hands in support!

Our next meeting took place in the royal setting of Hyderabad, home of the Nizams. Our welcome, from hosts and teachers, was also a truly royal one of warmth and hospitality. The questions and ideas that were bowled to us at lightning speed ranged from yorkers to fast balls to tricky spins. A truly exhilarating encounter!

No age barriers in Hyderabad
An enthusiastic response
Alert and Attentive

Leaving the South behind with great regret we flew north to land in the verdant Doon valley, nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. In this town of great schools, on day 1 we visited Hopetown Girl’s School and Unison World School to introduce teachers to the Trinity programme. On day 2 we were delighted to meet teachers from the schools in the Doon valley as well as private teachers and hear about their dynamic music education programmes whilst providing the latest updates from Trinity College London. The future of music performance is certainly in very capable hands, and fuelled by passion and commitment.

Reviving old associations at Unison World School!
Trinity adds to Hopetown’s vibrant programme
Dehradun teachers bring a wealth of experience to the session
The Doon Valley resounds with the sound of music teachers!

Back home, bags unpacked, and ready to be packed again!