Music at the Chapel

TRINITY COLLEGE CHAPEL CHOIR

Choral Evensongs are held each Wednesday at 5:15 pm during the academic year. Choir rehearsals are held weekly. For more information, please contact Thomas Bell, Director of Music & College Organist at 416-978-7751 or t.bell@utoronto.ca.

The Choir sings Choral Evensong weekly on Wednesdays during the academic term, and on other special occasions. The Advent Lessons and Carols service usually takes place at 4:00 pm on the First Sunday of Advent.

The Bevan Organ Scholarship

This scholarship is tenable for up to three years by a music student registered at the University of Toronto; preference is given to undergraduate students of organ who have a familiarity with the classical Anglican musical tradition. He or she is expected to participate in College life and to live in residence, with the scholarship contributing to the cost of room and board. Duties, as defined by the Director of Music in consultation with the Chaplain, include playing at the chapel services; accompanying the Chapel Choir in rehearsals, services and concerts; and working closely with Divinity students in musical matters.

In 1997, this endowment ($100,000 capital) was established by Mrs. Josephine Bevan of Wiarton, Ontario, as a memorial to her late husband, Major Guy T. M. Bevan RE (1880-1974), sometime Vice President (Engineering) of the Toronto firm Massey-Harris. Son of the Ven. and Mrs. H.H. Bevan of London UK, Major Bevan acquired a love of choral and organ music from the famous composer John Ireland, organist of his father’s church.

Choral Scholarships

On the model of the Oxbridge colleges, a commitment to membership in the Trinity College Chapel Choir and passing an audition can provide access to professional voice lessons.

There are currently endowments for eight “named” scholarships.

  • The Sir David Willcocks Choral Scholarship honours our honorary patron. It is held by the choir president.
  • The Rev’d Oliver Newton Memorial scholarship fund, established in 1988, supports three choral scholars. One is given to train a female voice, one a male voice, and one is open category depending on choir needs that year.
  • The John Sidgwick Memorial and the Robert Hunter Bell Choral Scholarships are for soprano or alto voice.
  • The Eric Rollinson Memorial is open category.
  • The Rev’d Warren Eling Memorial for a tenor or bass voice.

Organ Refurbishment

The Great Organ in the Trinity College Chapel was installed in 1954 by the firm of Casavant Frères of Sainte-Hyacinthe, Québec, after a consultation that included the eminent musicians Dr. Healey Willan and Sir Ernest MacMillan. As experts will recognize, this was before the Organ Reform Movement swept across North America.

As well as providing for the increasingly wide range of music needed in today’s various liturgies, the Great Organ is regularly used by a number of professionals and organ students on the University of Toronto campus for rehearsals and recitals. The Friends of the Chapel are committed to at raising funds needed for the refurbishment of the organ. A goal of $250,000 has been set as part of the Trinity College Strength to Strength Campaign to provide funds for the needed restoration.

It is anticipated that the instrument – a substantial old friend – will become “full voiced” as a result of this work, that is, it will become the flexible and colourful instrument it can easily be, with balanced manual and pedal divisions. The Great Organ’s “voice” is currently contained, not to say limited. It is expected to acquire the warm, transparent sound of the great 19th-century English organs which so inspired composers such as Felix Mendelssohn.

If you’d like to share advice on this project, or reflections from a similar experience, please contact either the chaplain or the choirmaster.

 

Approximately once a month, Mondays at noon, the the chapel presents Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, curated by Peter Drobac, which features vocal chamber ensembles in a variety of sacred music from Eastern and Western liturgical traditions.

The intent of this series is to present music usually sung in a liturgical or devotional context, not as part of a service, and not as a concert, but for quiet meditation, or simply to absorb and enjoy. There is no admission charge, no applause, and listeners are encouraged to come and go as they wish.

The chapel is also available for performances by student musicians (and other musical friends of the Chapel) – either soloists or chamber ensembles. If you are interested in giving a recital, please contact the chaplain.

View upcoming Evensong services and concerts in the Trinity College Chapel

 

Contact Us:

Thomas Bell, Program Director, Music & College Organist: 416-978-7751 or t.bell@utoronto.ca

The Rev’d Canon Andrea Budgey, Humphrys Chaplain: 416-978-3288 or chaplain@trinity.utoronto.ca