Trinity Laban is the only Conservatoire in the world with a Chapel Choir. Both volunteerships and some choral scholarships are available to undergraduate and postgraduate students; many are first study vocal students, but other students are eligible to apply.
Since Trinity College of Music (now Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) moved to Greenwich in 2001 it has been responsible for the music at weekly services in the beautiful Old Royal Naval College Chapel. The Chapel Choir (directed by Ralph Allwood MBE) now has 28 members from the college and surrounding communities, with Richard Gowers as Organist. The choir sings a wide range of music from the 16th Century to the present day, and choral scholars regularly have the opportunity to perform substantial solos, this year, in the B Minor Mass and Messiah.
Successful candidates will be accomplished musicians, good singers with the ability both to blend and take significant solos. Good sight reading is essential, as the repertoire is broad and demanding. They will have a love of the sacred choral repertoire and want to be a member of a closely knit team. They will wish to represent the conservatoire through the work of the chapel and, more widely, through concerts and broadcasts, and through singing occasional services at other venues.
The choir has toured India, Malta and the UK, and has recently produced a recording (on the Signum label) of works by Roderick Williams.
In addition to occasional additional services, the normal weekly commitment is:
- Sundays (9.45am rehearsal, 11.00am Eucharist)
- Mondays (4.00pm rehearsal 5.30pm evensong + 7.00pm – 8.30pm rehearsal)
There will be some extra services at the end of the Michaelmas Term and in Holy Week during Lent Term. Good notice will be given of these.
Auditions for September 2020 intake will be held around March 2020, and audition information will circulated to prospective students in January 2020.
For more information about the Choir, please visit their website: https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/the-chapel-choir.