The Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir (ORNCTLCC) has existed in its current format since 2001, when Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance became heavily involved in the provision of music at the Chapel. Trinity Laban is the only Conservatoire in the world to support a Collegiate Chapel Choir. All but one member of the choir are from the Conservatoire, including a number of Choral Scholars (two sponsored by the Dame Susan Morden Charitable Trust), but there are also a number of places in the choir for experienced and outstanding volunteer singers. All members of the choir are accomplished musicians, trained singers with the ability to both blend and also take significant solo roles. The choir is supported by an Organist, and Organ Scholar and the Director of Music. Members of the choir also have the opportunity to perform substantial solo items on a regular basis.
The Chapel Choir 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. Collaboration with orchestral and jazz musicians, historical performers and composers is therefore 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. Each week during term time there is a sung Eucharist on Sundays at 11:00 and a service of Choral Evensong service of Choral Evensong on Mondays at 17:30. There may also be four or five Sundays during the year when the liturgical seasons will be marked with a Sunday afternoon service in addition to the morning. The choir normally sings on All Souls day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, 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 range of smaller recitals.
The Choir toured to Malta in 2016, and a tour to India is planned for 2018. Ralph Allwood is always delighted to hear from prospective choir members and potential choir sponsors. The Choir has launched a fundraising campaign for the 2018 tour to India.