The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Hong Kong Tour, Press Release


 For Immediate Release



 The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge University

Tour of Hong Kong and Australia in July 2016


The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge is embarking on a tour to Hong Kong on 9th July to 14th July 2016. It is voted by Gramophone Magazine as one of the top five best choirs in the world.  The Choir will be singing at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre on 11th July 2016 in a programme entitled Choral Masterworks and at  the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall on 12th July. The programme on 12th July is, It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing). The choir is directed by Stephen Layton, who is described by Classic FM as ‘One of the finest interpreters of choral music.’

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 have included Charles Villiers Stanford, Alan Gray, Raymond Leppard and Richard Marlow.  Female voices were introduced in the 1980s by the then Director of Music, Richard Marlow, in a new departure for Cambridge choral music. 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 and Chandos Anthems and new works by Polish composer Pawel Lukasewski, all released on the Hyperion label. Its most recent release, of Howells’ Requiem and other works, won a Gramophone Award in 2012.

 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.

Stephen Layton is the Director of Music at Trinity College, Cambridge.  He is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia.  He guest conducts widely, including the Philadelphia, Minnesota, London Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster, Bournemouth and Royal Scottish National orchestras; the Britten Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Academy of Ancient Music, and the English, Scottish, Irish and Australian chamber orchestras.  For English National Opera he conducted Bach’s St John Passion in a stage production with Deborah Warner.

 A champion of new music, Layton has premiered works by Pärt, Adès and MacMillan.  His bold realisation of John Tavener’s epic seven-hour vigil The Veil of the Temple, a new departure in British music, was premiered in the Temple Church in London and later performed at the BBC Proms and in New York at the Lincoln Center Festival.

Layton founded Polyphony in 1986 whilst organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge.  He is Chief Guest Conductor of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and Music Director of Holst Singers.  In 2006 he was made a Fellow and Director of Music of Trinity College, Cambridge.  He has been Director of Music at the Temple in London and Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Kammerkoor.

Stephen Layton’s discography on Hyperion ranges from works by Handel with original instruments to music by Bruckner and Poulenc, Pärt and Tavener, Lukasewski and Whitacre.  He has received the Gramophone Award in the UK, the Diapason d’Or in France, the ECHO Deutscher Musikpreis in Germany, the Compact Award in Spain  and three Grammy nominations in the United States.

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 Notes to the Editors

 11th July 2016, Monday Great Masterworks

Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre


                        Bogoroditse Djevo                                                Pärt                               


                        O Lord, make thy servant                                     Byrd                              


                        Salvator mundi                                                      Tallis                            


                        Remember not, Lord, our offences                        Purcell                          


                        O sacrum convivium                                             Stucky                          


                        The heavens’ flock                                                Ešenvalds                     


                        Evening Hymn                                                      Rautavaara                   


                        Ekteniya of the Litany                                          Rautavaara                   


                        The wings of the wind                                           Park                              


                        Give unto the Lord                                               Elgar                             


                        Hymn of ancient lands                                          Twist                            


                        Mass                                                                      Martin





                        Agnus Dei                                                                                                    


                                Te Deum (Collegium Regale)                                Howells                        


Organ Scholar: Owain Park  


12th July 2016 Tuesday      It don’t mean a thing (if It ain’t got that swing)

Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall  

Sumer is icumen in                                                                                Anon (c13th)

Now is the month of Maying                                                                Thomas Morley

The silver swan Orlando                                                                        Gibbons

Pastime with good company                                                                 King Henry VIII arr. Kirby Shaw

Hark all ye lovely saints                                                                         Thomas Weelkes

Draw on, sweet night                                                                            John Wilbye

Irish folk tune from County Derry                                                      arr. Percy Grainger

Australian up country song                                                                 arr. Percy Grainger

What shall we do with the drunken sailor English Traditional             arr. Jonathan Rathbone

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho Spiritual                                        arr. Jonathan Rathbone

Way over in Beulah-lan’ Spiritual                                                        arr. Joseph Jennings

Ain’t that a kick in the head?                                                               James van Heusen arr. Owain Park

Long ago (and far away)                                                                     Jerome Kern arr. Ken Naylor

Cheek to cheek Irving Berlin                                                             arr. Ken Naylor

Once upon a dream                                                                           Kirby Shaw

Teddy bears’ picnic John Walter Bratton                                           arr. Keith Roberts

Michelle Lennon and McCartney                                                      arr. Peter Gritton

Silence is golden                                                                               Bob Crewe & Bob Gaudio arr. Owain Park

It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing)                                 Duke Ellington arr. Ben Parry

My funny valentine Richard Rogers                                                  arr. Owain Park

All the things you are Jerome Kern                                                  arr. Robert Rice

The carnival is over Tom Springfield                                               arr. Martin Bussey

Spiderman Bob Harris                                                                     arr. Steve Friedman