The Choir of Trinity College

The internationally acclaimed Choir of Trinity College is the flagship of Trinity’s musical life.

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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.

In 2016 Trinity College launches a new concert series at the Melbourne Recital Centre, with Handel’s Messiah on April 9th, and on October 1st, Bach Christ lag in Todes banden, Arvo Pärt Adam’s Lament, and music by Peteris Vasks, and Iain Grandage,

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.

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) 

Concert Series at the Melbourne Recital Centre

MESSIAH George Frederic Handel
Amy Moore soprano
Max Riebl counter-tenor
Richard Butler tenor
Oliver Mann bass

The Choir of Trinity College
The Impossible Orchestra
Andrew Wailes conductor

7:30pm, 9 April 2016
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall,
Melbourne Recital Centre 
Box Office: 03 9699 3333
Bookings here (via MRC)

the music of J S BACH and ARVO PÄRT 
Peteris Vasks, The Fruit of Silence 
J S Bach, Ich habe genug BWV 82 
Iain Grandage, New Work 
Arvo Pärt, Adam’s Lament 

Shefali Pryor oboe 
Sally-Anne Russell mezzo-soprano 

The Choir of Trinity College
The Impossible Orchestra 

7:30pm, 1 October 2016
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall,
Melbourne Recital Centre
Box Office: 03 9699 3333
Bookings here (via MRC)

Find out about Trinity College Chapel service times

Find out about the choir music schedule 


Choral and organ scholars 2016

Dylan Casey
Sean Cutter
Miranda Gronow
Emily Harding
Oliver Hendriks
Victoria Hofflin
Kate Kirby
Ranald Macky
Lachlan McDonald
Joshua McLeod
George McPharlin
Alana Minchenko
Grace Neville
Daniel Riley
Christopher Roache
Phoebe Thomson
Emma Warburton
Marion Wilson
Angus Woods 

Emeritus Choral Scholars

David Barmby
Kristy Biber
Peter Campbell
Thomas Drent
Benjamin Namdarian
Philip Nicholls
Suzanne Shakespeare
Siobhán Stagg
Megan Warner

Organ Scholar

Gillian McNaughton


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