Dr Stephen Layton, Director of Music

The Director of Music is responsible for all the music at Chapel services, and for music in College generally.


Stephen LaytonDr Stephen Layton was made a Fellow and the Director of Music at Trinity College in 2006.  He is also Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia.  Layton guest conducts widely, including the Philadelphia, Minnesota, London Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster, Bournemouth, Royal Scottish National, Britten Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music and with English, Scottish, Irish and Australian chamber orchestras. For English National Opera he conducted Bach’s St John Passion in a stage production with Deborah Warner.

A champion of new music, Layton has premiered Pärt, Ades and MacMillan. His bold realisation of Tavener’s epic seven-hour vigil The Veil of the Temple, a new departure in British music, was premiered in London at the Proms and in New York at the Lincoln Center Festival.  Layton founded Polyphony in 1986 whilst organ scholar of King’s College Cambridge. He is Chief Guest Conductor of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and Music Director of the Holst Singers. He has been Director of Music at the Temple Church in London and Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Kammerkoor.

Stephen Layton’s discography on Hyperion ranges from Handel with original instruments to Bruckner and Poulenc, Pärt and Tavener, Ɓukaszewski and Whitacre. He has received the Gramophone Award in the UK, the Diapason d’Or in France, The Compact Award in Spain and three Grammy nominations in the USA.

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Former Directors of Music and Organists at Trinity