The internationally acclaimed Choir of Trinity College is the flagship of Trinity’s musical life.
During term-time, the Choir of Trinity College is primarily involved in the singing of services in the College Chapel. Evensong is sung twice a week, with the exception of two Sundays a year, when the Choir sings a Choral Eucharist.
The Choir has collaborated with various orchestras, instrumental ensembles and conductors, including performances of JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Jeremy Summerly in 2011, the St John Passion with Stephen Layton in 2012 and Handel’s Messiah in 2016. In 2018 the Choir performed the role of the semi-chorus in Edward Elgar’s ‘Dream of Gerontius’ with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis, released the latest in a long line of CD recordings, a disc of Carols.
The Choir has undertaken nine international tours, most recently to Spain, France and the UK during July 2018. Over the past ten years the Choir has also visited Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Baltic States, Russia, Canada and the United States.
Trinity College is particularly interested in championing new music by Australian composers. Recent performances include works by Alice Chance, Richard Mills, Daniel Riley, Brett Dean, Lachlan McDonald, Joseph Twist, Calvin Bowman, Nigel Westlake and Brooke Shelley. The Choir recently released a new recording including a Mass by Ross Edwards and new commissions from Alice Chance and Daniel Riley and in July 2019 gave the first performance of A New Commandment by Brooke Shelley.
The Choir is comprised of students studying a wide range of subjects, many of whom are residents at Trinity College, but with others drawn from other Universities in Melbourne.
Choral services during term time:
Thursday 5.45pm Evensong (without sermon)
Sunday 5pm Evensong (with sermon)
2020 North American tour
The Choir of Trinity College will tour North America from 29 January to 14 February, with 14 performances.
Join us for US Trinity Alumni events to be held in San Francisco and New York.
Choir Tour dates
29 January 7.30pm Concert, Stanford Memorial Church
30 January 5.30pm Evensong, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
31 January 6pm Concert, St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley
2 February 6pm Concert, Trinity College Chapel, Toronto
5 February 12.15pm Concert, Harvard Memorial Church, Boston
5 February 5.45pm Evensong, Trinity Church Copley Square, Boston
6 February 5.30pm Evensong, St Thomas 5th Ave, NYC
7 February 7.30pm Concert, Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, NYC
9 February 4pm Evensong, Cathedral of St John the Divine, NYC
10 February 7pm Concert, Trinity Church, Princeton
11 February 7.30pm Evensong, Princeton Chapel
12 February 6pm Evensong, Saint Mark's Church, Locust Street, Philadelphia
13 February 5pm Concert, Dahlgren Chapel, Georgetown University, Washington DC
14 February 6pm Concert, Church of the Epiphany, Washington DC
US Alumni gatherings
Trinity alumni events will be held in San Francisco and New York to coincide with the Choir Tour. Friends and partners welcome.
San Franciso Trinity Gathering 2020
Date: Thursday 30 January 2020 at 7.30pm
RSVP: Thursday 23 January 2020 | www.trybooking.com
New York Trinity Gathering
Date: Thursday 6 February 2020 at 6.30pm
RSVP: Thursday 30 January 2020 | www.trybooking.com
Click here to view Trinity College Chapel page
Click here to view the current music list
Click here to listen to live recordings from this year on Soundcloud
Click here to browse published tracks on iTunes
Click here to learn about our Choir scholarships
The Choir of Trinity College, 2019
European Tour, 2018
Choral and organ scholars
Director of Music
Chris is a former member of the Tallis Scholars and Director of Music at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
Former Directors of Music
Jonathan Grieves-Smith (2014–2016)
Former Chorus Master of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Michael Leighton Jones (1997–2014)
Former Choral Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey, member of the vocal quintet The Scholars, and founder of the sextet Jones & Co
Michael Fulcher (1994–1997)
Former Director of Music, Cathedral of St Paul, Wellington, New Zealand
Dr Christopher Dearnley LVO (1992–1993)
Former Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, London
Emeritus Professor Peter Godfrey CBE (1990–1991)
Former Chorister and Choral Scholar (and later Guest Director of Music) at King's College, Cambridge
Bruce Macrae (1985–1989)
Professor Peter Dennison (1976–1985)
Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne
Acting Directors of Music
Sam Allchurch (Semester 2, 2016)
Conductor, Artistic Operations Manager, Gondwana Choirs
Tom Healey (Semester 1, 2016)
Former Director of Music at Geelong Grammar School and St Andrew's Anglican Church, Brighton
Jonathan Grieves-Smith (Semester 1, 2014)
Chorus Master of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Michael Leighton Jones (December 1996 to August 1997)
Vocal Staff, University of Queensland
Julian Liberto (Semester 2, 1993)
Tim Smith (Term 2, 1986)
Dr Geoffrey Cox (Terms 3 & 4, 1979)
Former Organ Scholar at New College, Oxford