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.
Website of the Choir: http://trinitycollegechoir.com//
Website of The Music Director: http://www.stephenlayton.com/
Tickets: $480, $380, $280 and $180 (30 % discount with quota for full time students and seniors except for D category.)
Tickets are available at www.urbtix.hk
PRESENTER: Christine N Concerts Ltd
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
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