The Chapel Choir of Trinity College, Oxford

The Professionals

The choir regularly engages professional help to aid its development and also provide support for the organ scholars. They provide invaluable insight, wisdom and variety into our training in the form of regular workshops with the whole choir to track and aid its progress, as well as coaching for its Choral Scholars and Exhibitioners.

Ralph Allwood MBE (Advisor to Chapel Music)

The primary role of the Advisor to Chapel Music is to visit and work the choir throughout the year, where he will seek to offer his professional expertise on the continual develpment of the choir. He will also be mentoring our two organ scholars.

For 26 years, Ralph was the Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College. He since left Eton to pursue freelance activities, including project such as the Eton Choral Courses, the Rodolfus Choir and Inner Voices. He has also worked with James Levine and the Philharmonia Chorus on the Brahms Requiem, with Christoph von Dohnanyi and the Bach Choir on Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and with Sir Mark Elder and the Halle Choir on Mahler 2 and 8. He is regarded as one of the leading choral directors in the country.

Joanna Campion-Watt (Vocal Trainer)

Joanna Campion-Watt was a choral scholar at Trinity College Cambridge, where she read German and Russian, before going on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, followed by the National Opera Studio. As a mezzo-soprano she has been a regular soloist with major companies including Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne and Scottish Opera. She currently sings as a soloist with Trinity Baroque and at St Johns' Smith Square. As an experienced singing teacher of many years, Joanna enjoys working with students on technique and interpretation in order to fulfill their full potential.

The Organ Scholars

The organ scholars are backed up by an excellent team of choral scholars who are expected to lead their section. They will receive singing lessons and a termly fee from the college, and are expected to sing in extra engagements when the whole choir is unavailable. Applicants are recommended to have attended one of the choral course around UK, and should apply through the usual university channels.

Alicia Ejsmond-Frey (Soprano Choral Scholar)

Alicia is a fourth year Classicist who has always had a passion for singing in choirs and close harmony groups, something she began at school. She sings soprano in the chapel choir and takes singing lessons with Joanna Campion-Watt. In her spare time she likes to bake and is the choir's food rep (a title invented in recognition of her culinary contributions to the choir).

Florence Walton is a third year Maths and Philosphy student, who first started 'singing' in her local church choir at the age of four. She also plays the flute and enjoys rowing and playing tennis. Being a choral scholar at Trinity is particularly good for helping her to get over her massive fear of singing solos.

Griffith Rees (Tenor Choral Scholar)

Griff is currently studying for a DPhil in Sociology.

William Heywood (Bass Choral Scholar)

William is in his second year at Trinity, studying History. He first started singing as a Chorister in the Bedford School Chapel Choir, and from then on became a regular singer in various school groups. William also plays the trumpet, piano and organ, and in his spare time is Organ Scholar of Harris Manchester College.

The Choral Exhibitioners

In addition to the choral scholars, our chapel choir also appoints termly a group of singers as choral exhibitioners who will receive singing lessons with our vocal coach, Joanna Campion-Watt. The aim is to allow many within the choir, who would otherwise not have had the opportunity, to approach singing in a more technical way under professional guidance in addition to their time within the choir. There is also the option for the organ scholars to invite certain exhibition holders to extend their awards for more than a term as they see fit.

Choir Committee Members

Leonard Konrad (General Manager)

Leonard is in his second year at Trinity studying for a DPhil in Mathematics. He has previously studied in Tübingen, Durham and Pisa thus providing the choir with some international flair! His musical activities (he has been involved in choirs, barbershop, rock bands, symphony orchestras and wind bands) have seen him travel extensively, with destinations including South Africa, Virginia, Hungary, France, Italy and Greece. He plays the oboe, piano and guitar and has been singing in choirs since the age of six.

Liz Elder (Social Secretary)

Liz is a third year Biochemist and the Social Secretary for this year. Trinity College Chapel Choir was her first proper foray into choral music but despite her lack of experience she has embraced being a member of the choir and is now looking forward to planning the choir's legendary social events. She currently provides domestic cleaners in Nottingham to those in need.