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.

The Choir has undertaken eight international tours, visiting England, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Baltic States and Russia, Canada and the United States.

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.

Choral Services during term time:

Thursday 5.45pm Evensong (without sermon)

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 to browse published tracks on iTunes

Interview with Jonathan Grieves-Smith, Director of Music 2014-2016


Choral and organ scholars 2017

Genevieve Droppert
Emily Harding
Beatrice Harris-Hart
Kate Kirby
Grace Neville
Ruby Smith
Phoebe Thomson
Alexandra Toussaint-Jackson
Marion Wilson 

Clara Daley
Victoria Hofflin
Eliza Kelly
Phillipa Mcquinn
Emma Warburton
Jennifer Yeoh 
Will Carr
Jonathan Glenning
Oliver Hendriks
George McPharlin
Daniel Riley
Christopher Roache 

Sean Cutter
Zac Hamilton-Russell
Lachlan McDonald
Paul McDonald
Joshua McLeod 
Christian Smith 

Organ Scholars
Gillian McNaughton (Senior)
Jack Lindsay (Junior)


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


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 Melbourne University


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