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The Choir of Trinity College

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

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During term-time, the Choir of Trinity College is primarily involved in the singing of services in the College Chapel. Evensong is sung every Sunday during term time, 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,  and released the latest in a long line of CD recordings, a disc of Carols.

The Choir has undertaken nine international tours, most recently to the USA and Canada at the start of 2020. Over the past ten years the Choir has also visited Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Baltic States, Russia, the UK, France and Spain.

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. In 2019 the Choir released a new recording including a Mass by Ross Edwards and new commissions from Alice Chance and Daniel Riley and gave the first performance of A New Commandment by Brooke Shelley. 2020 saw the release of Walking on Waves, a collection of Australian and American compositions and arrangements of folk songs and art songs. 

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:
Sunday 5pm Evensong (with sermon)

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 for links to the choir's commercial recordings
Click here to learn about our Choir scholarships


The Choir of Trinity College, 2020

(A special VR 360˚ performance)

The Choir of Trinity College, 2019

European Tour, 2018

Choral and organ scholars 

Marjorie Butcher
Lily Flynn
Anna Marsh
Phillipa McQuinn
Lucy Scales
Jael Sitte
Laura Tatti
Isabella Wilson

Rachel Amos
Amy Cutter
Freya Giles
Gabrielle McDonald
Charlotte Rogers
Lucy Williams

Dylan Casey
Matthew Cook
Charles Hannah
Anthony Lee
David Lee
Ted Lovell

Rhys Campbell
Ian Coyukiat
Ethan Flemming
Michael vonGüttner
Jem Herbert
Jackson Kristof
Jonathan Ta

Canterbury Fellowship Organ Scholar
Oscar Herrick

College Organist
Thomas Heywood

Director of Music

Christopher Watson 
Chris is a former member of the Tallis Scholars and Director of Music at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

Former Directors of Music

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

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