On Monday 8 February the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir (ORNCTLCC) marked the launch of a new Choral Evensong website with a celebratory concert in the Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul.
The launch event comprised a performance in the Chapel followed by a reception in the Painted Hall. Directed by esteemed choral conductor Ralph Allwood MBE, the ORNCTLCC performed Choral Evensong for an audience which included the Mayor of Greenwich as well as representatives from local institutions.
The new website ChoralEvensong.org provides a directory of Choral Evensong events throughout the UK, encouraging audiences to enjoy this rich musical tradition which has existed for over 500 years.
Trinity Laban student and mastermind of the project, Dr. Guy Hayward, commented “Choral Evensong is one of the greatest cultural creations of our country. It happens in more than 400 churches and cathedrals on Sundays, and also every weekday in most cathedrals and many college chapels. However, most people simply don’t know about it. In London alone, every day of the week at 5pm, one can enter Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral free of charge and listen to world-class music.”
The Astronomer Royal Lord Rees also commented:
“Every evensong is a chance to be inspired by the liturgy and music of the Anglican Church -- and by the choral tradition that should be cherished. And in historic Greenwich we are especially mindful of 'the spacious firmament on high' -- its wonder and its mystery.”
The ORNCTLCC is an important part of musical life at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the only conservatoire in the world to have its own dedicated chapel choir. Trinity Laban students form the nucleus of the choir, and twelve scholarships are offered per year.
For information about Choral Evensong services in your local area please visit the new website: http://www.choralevensong.org/
For information about future concerts by Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir visit the Trinity Laban website: https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/whats-on/music-events
Photography credit: James Keats