About the Choir
The Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir (ORNC TLCC) has existed in its current format since 2001 when Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance took a principal role in the provision of music at the Chapel. Now regarded as one of the most outstanding sacred music ensembles in London, Trinity Laban is the only Conservatoire in the UK to support a collegiate Chapel Choir, and is unique amongst cathedral, church and collegiate choirs in the UK in that it has ready access to the wide range of musical resources at the Conservatoire. The Choir comprises of around 28 members drawn mainly from the Conservatoire and surrounding communities. All members of the choir are accomplished musicians, trained singers with the ability to blend and take significant solo roles.
Trinity Laban has long recognised the importance and value of training in choral traditions as part of a singer’s education. The extraordinary environment of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel and its highly regarded Director of Music, Dr Ralph Allwood MBE, provide an ideal springboard for those wishing to work in the UK’s cathedral or church choirs, or indeed follow other choral pathways. Collaboration with orchestral and jazz musicians, historical performers and composers is a particular feature of music in worship at the Chapel.
The choir gives approximately one hundred public performances each year. Its primary purpose is to enhance the liturgy and worship of the Chapel on Sundays and Monday evensong. The choir normally sings on All Souls day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Day and Ascension Day and at the Riverside Service on Remembrance Day. In addition, the full choir or choral scholars contribute to a series of concerts in the Chapel alongside a number of paid external engagements.
The regular weekly commitment is as follows (additional concerts, services, tours, recitals and recordings added throughout the year):
– Sundays: 09.45 rehearsal & 11.00 Choral Eucharist
– Mondays: 16.00 rehearsal, 17.30 Evensong, 19.00 rehearsal
– To view a full list for all services of the term, please visit the Chapel Services page.