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Trinity College Choir

The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge comprises around thirty choral scholars and two organ scholars, all of whom are ordinarily undergraduates of the College. The College's choral tradition dates back to the all-male choir of the fourteenth century, when former Chapel Royal choristers studied in King's Hall which later became part of Trinity College.



Directors of Music for the Trinity College Choir have included Charles Villiers Stanford, Alan Gray, Raymond Leppard and Richard Marlow. In a new departure for Cambridge choral music, Richard Marlow founded the current mixed choir in the 1980s. Stephen Layton has been Director of Music since 2006.

During term, the Choir's main focus is the singing of the liturgy in the College Chapel, exploring a repertoire drawn from both Catholic and Protestant traditions. Outside term, the Choir's programme of performances and recordings recently included a BBC broadcast of Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London, Haydn's Nelson Mass with the City of London Sinfonia in Aldeburgh and Cambridge, Poulenc's Gloria with Britten Sinfonia in Norwich Cathedral, and Handel's Dettingen Te Deum and Chandos Anthems with the Academy of Ancient Music in London and Cambridge.

Recent additions to the Choir's discography include Beyond All Mortal Dreams, settings of contemporary American a cappella music, Baltic Exchange, choral music from the Baltic region, David Briggs' Mass for Notre Dame, Handel's Dettingen Te Deum, Handel's Chandos Anthems and new works by Polish composer Pawel Lukaszewski, all released on the Hyperion label.  Its programme of tours has taken the Choir to destinations in Europe, the USA, Canada, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Peru. In 2010, the Choir spent a month touring Australia, performing to sold-out halls in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Hobart.