Peerless, Grammy®-nominated interpreters of both early and new music, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street has changed the realm of 21st-century vocal music, breaking new ground with an artistry described as “blazing with vigour…a choir from heaven” (The Times, London). This premier ensemble, under the direction of Julian Wachner, can be heard in New York City and around the world in performances alternately described as “thrilling” (New Yorker), “musically top-notch” (Wall Street Journal), and “simply superb” (New York Times). The choir leads the liturgical music on Sundays at Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, while performing in Bach at One, Compline by Candlelight, and many other concerts and festivals throughout the year, often with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, NOVUS NY and the Trinity Youth Chorus. Critically acclaimed annual performances of Handel’s Messiah are part of its long and storied tradition, and attending the Choir’s performances at Trinity’s annual Twelfth Night Festival and Time’s Arrow Festivals has become a tradition for many New Yorkers as well.
The Choir has toured extensively throughout the United States, making appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, and the Prototype Festival. The Choir is also increasingly in-demand internationally, and recent seasons have seen performances at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and London’s Barbican Theatre. The Choir has been featured with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the New York Philharmonic, and with the Rolling Stones on their 50th anniversary tour. In 2017, the Choir will be featured in the 150 Psalms Project, performing at the Utrecht Festival and Lincoln Center’s White Light’s Festival.
In addition to its Grammy®-nominated Israel in Egypt CD, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street has released several recordings on Naxos, Musica Omnia, VIA Recordings, ARSIS, and Avie Records. Trinity’s long-term commitment to new music is evident on these recordings, just as it is in collaborations with living composers including Du Yun, Paola Prestini, Ralf Gawlick, Elena Ruehr, and Julia Wolfe, whose 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning and Grammy-nominated work, Anthracite Fields, was recorded with the Choir. The Choir collaborated on Du Yun’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Angel’s Bone, which was presented in Trinity Church as a work-in-progress in 2014 and at the Prototype Festival as a fully staged production in 2016, on both occasions with the participation of the Choir and NOVUS NY, conducted by Julian Wachner.
Linda Lee Jones