The internationally acclaimed Choir of Trinity College is the flagship of Trinity’s musical life.
The primary focus of the Choir of Trinity College during term-time is the singing of choral services in the College Chapel, where it can be heard in music from the 13th century to our own times.
The Choir is acclaimed for its collaborations with the world’s leading musicians and in particular for its performances of Bach, which have included the St Matthew Passion with Jeremy Summerley in 2011, and the St John Passion with Stephen Layton in 2012, and Jonathan Grieves-Smith in 2014.
The Choir has undertaken eight international tours, visiting England, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Baltic States and Russia, Canada and the United States. In 2017 the Choir tours returns to England.
The Choir is a champion of new and old music, and enjoys a special advocacy for new Australian repertoire much of it written especially for the Choir. Recent performances including music by Gabriel Jackson, Richard Mills, Daniel Riley, Arvo Pärt, Brett Dean, Eriks Esenvalds, Owain Park, Lachlan McDonald, Sir John Tavener, Pawel Lukascewski, David Briggs, Joseph Twist, Calvin Bowman and Nigel Westlake, and in 2013 on his first tour to Australia the Choir performed with Eric Whitacre.
The Choir comprises students studying a wide range of subjects, many of whom are resident at Trinity College, but with others drawn from Monash or Swinburne University, the Victorian College of the Arts or RMIT, and other centres of tertiary education.
THE CHOIR OF TRINITY COLLEGE IN RECITAL
The internationally-recognised Choir of Trinity College will present a short program of sacred works from across its wide repertoire. Stepping out of its usual role of providing music for weekly services, the choir will begin with the pieces from two masters of Renaissance polyphony: Byrd and Palestrina. The exuberance of William Byrd’s Sing Joyfully is matched by the exquisite yearning of his Latin motet Civitas sancti while a movement from Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli offers a taste of perfect counterpoint.
The choir then explores two pieces by twentieth-century English composers. Edward Naylor’s Vox dicentis is a fascinating anomaly in the choral repertoire in its quasi-symphonic proportions, combining energetic fugues with moments of prophetic serenity. Kenneth Leighton’s Magnificat for Magdalen College Oxford is a bright example of this composer’s dramatic intensity.
Allow yourself to be inspired by Australia’s finest collegiate choir.
Sam Allchurch (Director), Gillian McNaughton (organ).
Wednesday 21 September
1.10 – 1.45pm
Trinity College Chapel, Royal Parade
NEW IN 2016
An extra mid-week Evensong on Wednesdays at 5.40pm
In 2016 the Choir will sing two services a week during term-time at:
5.40pm, Wednesday - Choral Evensong (without sermon)
5pm, Sunday - Choral Evensong (with sermon)
Find out about Trinity College Chapel service times
Find out about the choir music schedule
Choral and organ scholars 2016
Emeritus Choral Scholars
FORMER DIRECTORS OF MUSIC
Jonathan Grieves-Smith (2014-2016)
Former Chorus Master of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Michael Leighton Jones (1997–2014)|
Former member of London-based vocal quintet, The Scholars, and of vocal sextet Jones & Co in Brisbane.
Michael Fulcher (1994–97)
Director of Music, Christ Church, South Yarra
Former Director of Music, Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, New Zealand
Dr Christopher Dearnley LVO (1992–93)
Former Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, London
Emeritus Professor Peter Godfrey CBE (1990–91)
Former Chorister and Choral Scholar (and later Guest Director of Music) at King's College, Cambridge
Bruce Macrae (1985–89)
Geoffrey Cox (Acting Director, Semester 2, 1979)
Professor Peter Dennison (1976–85)
Professor of Music at Melbourne University