Trinity College Choir
Trinity College 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.
Mr Christopher Watson Director of Music.
Mr Watson, at present the Director of Music at St Edmund Hall in the University of Oxford, will commence in January 2017. An internationally acclaimed tenor and choir conductor, he has more than twenty-five years of experience in church music. His distinguished career includes several years as a Lay Clerk in Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, and Westminster Cathedral Choir, London, and he is a longstanding member of The Tallis Scholars and Theatre of Voices, with whom he won a Grammy Award in 2010. With composer John Duggan he established the chamber choir Sospiri in 2006. To date Sospiri has produced eight CDs, to critical acclaim.
Mr Watson has established a world-wide network of eminent musicians and has organised and led many international choir tours, including for St Edmund Hall and Sospiri. He is delighted to have the opportunity to join Trinity College and the music community of Melbourne, and welcomes the challenge of leading the famous Choir of Trinity College and inspiring and organising more performances of fine music in all parts of the College.
The College is also pleased to announce that Mr Sam Allchurch, alumnus of Trinity and the Trinity Choir, has been appointed to conduct the Choir in semester two, 2016. Mr Allchurch holds an Honours degree in Music from Melbourne, and a Masters in Music (Choral Studies) from Cambridge, where he held a prestigious Gates Scholarship. For the next few months he will divide his time between Trinity and his role with Gondwana Choirs in Sydney. The Trinity Choir is already singing splendidly under his teaching and direction.