Introducing The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge
Walk from King’s College to the great court of Trinity College on any evening and you will hear a myriad of college choirs along the way singing music from the fifteenth century to today.
Founded in 1546 by Henry VIII, Trinity College is steeped in a wealth of choral history, but its Choir most firmly embraces the contemporary on its first Australian concert tour. It showcases works by much-loved English composers alongside music by some of the most acclaimed composers of today including Arvo Pärt, John Tavener and younger composers from the Baltic States.
“In juxtaposing British music from the Renaissance with modern Baltic music, I’ve tried to create something that is really invigorating to listen to and overwhelming in its cumulative power,” says Stephen Layton, Director of Music at Trinity College.
Australia’s finest new choral music – Paul Stanhope’s Deserts of Exile – is also on the program. “It’s very important to me, coming to Australia, to be performing Australian music”. says Layton. This will be just the beginning of an exploration of music from this part of the world for us.”
One of the leading mixed-voice choirs in the UK, The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge comprises around 30 choral scholars who are undergraduates of the College.
“I believe very much in the British choral tradition and it really excites me to take that and share it with other people who may not have heard it.” Stephen Layton, conductor