25 Philanthropy The Choir of Trinity College has developed an international reputation for its wide variety of old and new music, and is delighted to announce it will be touring Europe in June 2018. A new Director of Music In January, Trinity welcomed Chris Watson as the new Director of Music. Chris is the former Director of Music at St Edmund Hall at the University of Oxford. An internationally acclaimed tenor, choir conductor and Tallis Scholar, he has more than twenty-five years’ experience in church music. The Choir has continued to enhance its reputation over the past year, including performing a new setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis BY TIM FLICKER CHOIR TOUR-DE-FORCE for the Chapel service at the Commemoration of Founders and Benefactors. ‘The service turned out to be the hardest thing we’ve sung all year, and the Choir sang it beautifully, and were then also brilliant at the dinner later that evening,’ says Chris. 2017 has included tours to Brisbane, where the choir sang at St Stephen’s Cathedral and Evensong at St John’s Cathedral, and to Sydney, with the choir performing alongside the Choir of St James’, King Street. The Choir were also guest performers at the Australian National Choral Association’s annual choralfest, held a special Evensong to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the choral foundation at Trinity, and recorded a CD in celebration of the centenary of the consecration of the Trinity Chapel in November. This year also saw the establishment of the Trinity Community choir, which includes both Foundation Studies and Residential College students. Also in 2017, Trinity’s own talented choral scholar and residential student, Ruby Smith, released her first EP, ‘The Quick and the Dead’. Ruby composed and sang all of the songs herself (rubysmithmusic. bandcamp.com/album/the-quick- and-the-dead). The European Tour 2018 In June 2018, the Choir will embark on their ninth international tour as they tour Europe for a month (23 June – 22 July). The Choir is looking forward to rehearsing and performing in southern France before singing in some of the great churches of the UK. Chris describes the support of donors and benefactors as ‘invaluable’ and the reason why these tours are possible. ‘The choristers give a month of their time and most of their annual scholarship for these big international tours, but they wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our donors and benefactors,’ he says. ‘I’d like to thank them for their continued support, and encourage them to join us for part of the tour if at all possible!’ Evensong held in the Chapel on 7 May 2017, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Choral Foundation. For online donations please visit www.trinity.unimelb.edu.au/ donate. Alternatively, your gift can be made by cheque, payable to the ‘Trinity College Foundation’, or by credit card, below. Please charge my credit card Visa Mastercard Amex Card Holder’s Name (PLEASE PRINT) Card No. / / / Expiry Date / CVV Signature Please tick if you do not want your name published as a donor All gifts over $2 are tax deductible within Australia. * Donations of $1000 or more entitle you to membership of the Warden's Circle for 12 months. Title Given Name Surname Entry Year Address City State Postcode Email Telephone I/we wish to make the following contribution: $50 $250 $500 $1000 $3000 $5000 Other $ As a single contribution As a monthly contribution for a period of months As an annual contribution for a period of years A16TT Annual Giving 2017. You too can make a difference.