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Australia Tour, Sep 2010 - The Australian

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The cacophony of Canberra politics temporarily gave way on Wednesday night to sounds far more harmonious. The Choir of Trinity College from Cambridge, England, is nearing the end of a national tour for Musica Viva, and had stopped at Government House for a concert in the presence of the Governor-General.

The youthfulness and vitality of this student choir, directed by Stephen Layton, is a delight. Their concert tour is of mostly sacred music, but on Wednesday they sang a mixture of spiritual and secular, beginning with Pastime with Good Company by their college’s founder, Henry VIII.

Quentin Bryce praised the choir’s joie de vivre: ‘You are part of a great tradition, a distinguished, superb choir’.

Matthew Westwood