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CHOIR OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
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CHAN 0770
Philips
Cantiones Sacrae
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Byrd
Cantiones sacrae
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Palestrina
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BIOGRAPHY

The present mixed Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge was formed in 1982, following the admission of women undergraduates to Trinity College, but the choral associations of the College date back to the establishment of The King’s Hall by Edward II in 1317. This College, incorporated by Edward III in 1337, was amalgamated with an adjacent early fourteenth-century foundation, Michaelhouse, when Henry VIII created Trinity College in 1546. The constitution of the mediaeval chapel choir remains obscure, but the choral foundation which Mary Tudor established in 1553 survived essentially unchanged for more than 300 years. Although the College choir-school was closed down in the late 1890s, a choir of boy trebles, lay clerks and students continued the regular pattern of choral services until the 1950s. During Raymond Leppard’s tenure as Director of Music this traditionally constituted body of singers then gave way to a choir of undergraduate tenors and basses whose existence continued until 1982.

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CHAN 0732
Palestrina
Offertoria

…natural territory for the Trinity College singers....
CHAN 0733
Byrd
Cantiones sacrae

After a brightly festive account of the celebratory ‘Haec dies’, the Trinity College singers seem to settle down into a deeply pensive mood...
CHAN 0770
Philips
Cantiones Sacrae

“…Richard Marlow and his mixed-voice choir are excellent.”
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CHAN 10357
Durufle
Complete Choral Works

The Trinity sound is ‘never louder than lovey’ and ultra-straight, giving it a fragile, floating quality that connects well with mu...
CHAN 10363
Mendelssohn
Sacred Choral Works

Of the two new releases, even if it does not always inhabit the music fully, Trinity is ultimately a more satisfactory recording ...