Trinity College Senior Chorale
The Trinity College Chorale is the senior choir at Trinity College in Perth, Western Australia. It was formed in 1988 as an all-boys choir and in 1990 teamed up with the Presbyterian Ladies’ College Chorale to perform SATB material. This singing relationship lasted for over twenty years and included tours to Sydney for the World Projects International Festival, The United Kingdom to sing at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod and to China for an Australian/Chinese schools’ festival. The Trinity Senior Chorale now sings with The Mercedes Select Choir to form the Trinity/Mercedes Chorale. Their most recent tour was to the UK and Ireland where they sang with Janet Galvan and at the LIMF. The Trinity Chorale, in their own right, has participated in festivals and Eisteddfods in Perth and overseas. They have had notable success in the local Catholic Schools’ Performing Arts Festival where they have been consistent winners in the secondary choir and sacred choir sections. A major highlight was their success in the World Strides Heritage Music Festival for secondary schools held in New York in 2016. The Trinity Chorale have also had new works commissioned for them, including a Mass setting by college Old Boy and composer, Perry Joyce and Let Go Of My Hand by Paul Jarman, which will be performed on their 2019 European tour. 35 members of the 75 strong Chorale are participating in the 2019 European tour.
As Director of Music at Trinity College Robert conducts the senior school choirs who have sung in festivals in Sydney, Llangollen, Beijing, New York, Dublin, Belfast, London and Sydney. Robert works as an adjudicator, tutors choral conducting for ACCET at their annual Melbourne summer school and is active with the Australian National Choral Association. In 2017 Robert conducted the Vancouver Chamber Choir as part of their annual symposium, and the Giovanni Consort in a program of modern English repertoire. As the Musical Director of Voyces, Robert has focused on ‘contemporary classical’ choral music. In recent years Voyces produced an all Australian program for its debut self-titled CD; works from Iceland, Norway and Finland in its Tundra program and juxtaposing traditional choral pieces against modern counterparts they have inspired including Caroline Shaw’s To the Hands. Recent performances have included David John Lang’s Sorry I Missed You and Matthew Orlovich’s Sonnet to the Comet of 1825. Singing modern Australian works has brought Voyces a national reputation. They have toured to the 2014 Festival of Voices in Tasmania, the 2015 ANCA Choralfest in Melbourne and the 2017 ANCA Choralfest in Brisbane. Robert has done much to promote Australian choral music through commissioned works. His list of premièred commissioned works includes: Wheatbelt (Iain Grandage); Let Go of My Hand and Buckley’s (Paul Jarman); Vast Sea, Sleeping Mother, The Hooves of Fate and Ark of My Hopes, Ark of My Dreams (Dan Walker;) Canticle of the Word (Andrew Partington); The Wexford Carol (Arr.Stefan Pugliese). This year Perth based composer Perry Joyce has written Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei for the Trinity College Senior Chorale and The Frog Prince for choir and bass clarinet, premièred by Voyces with Ashley Smith as soloist. Robert has conducted an extensive range of major choral works with orchestra for the Perth Oratorio Choir. He has also prepared Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the WASO Chorus. Robert was the founding conductor of the WA Youth Chorale. In 2006 the WAYC won the state final of the ABC FM Sing Out competition and represented WA in the national final.
|Doug Andrews (*1966)||The Wreck of the Julie Plante|
|Antonín Dvořák (1841 - 1904)||5 Partsongs op. 27, B. 87, Nr. 1, “Ein Kränzlein aus Majoran”|
|Arr Paul Rardin (*1975)||Hol' You Han'|
|Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)||Ave maris stella|
|Paul Jarman (*1971)||Let Go of My Hand|
Additional Concerts Program
|Craig Courtney (*1948)||Festival Gloria|
|Trevor Jones (*1974)||The Lachlan Tigers|
|Arranged by Jonaf del Fierro (*1960)||Iddemdem Malida Itneg Victory Chant|