The Sunday Leader

Trinity College Choir

The Trinity College Choir will celebrate A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, at the Trinity College Chapel, Kandy today (December 6) at 6.30 p.m. This Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols follows the traditional form and content of carol services conducted by Kings’ College, Cambridge. It is one of the most important events of Trinity College.
Trinity College, Kandy, was founded by the Church Missionary Society (CMS), which brought with it the great traditions of English Church Music and the concept of an organised choir whose very existence depended on discipline and commitment.

The Trinity College Choir continues to maintain and develop its rich tradition in Choral Music over the years. The earliest records of an organised choir at Trinity go as far back as the inception of the School, in 1872. From the 1940’s, the development of the Choir has been documented, with many performances including operettas and radio broadcasts

Part of the rich traditions of the Choir is the calibre of choirmasters and mistresses who conducted it, and the organists who gave it melody. Barnabas Alexander, 76, is widely regarded as being a legend in his time, having served as the regular Organist of the TCK Choir from 1964 to date, a record 45 years of continuous loyal and dedicated service. Despite being visually impaired as a result of an injury in early childhood, Alexander is an accomplished musician and plays the piano, organ, cello, and guitar by memorising the music notes written in Braille.

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