Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Passiontide at Merton

Choir of Merton College in 2016 (Photo John Cairns)
Choir of Merton College in 2016 (Photo John Cairns)
A three-day festival, Passiontide at Merton, features concerts and services at Merton College, Oxford from 23 to 25 March 2018. The festival opens with Evensong on 23 March with Benjamin Nicholas and the choir of Merton College performing music by Byrd, later that evening the Marian Consort joins the Merton College Girls' Choir, conductor Rory McLeery, for a programme which includes the premiere of Gabriel Jackson's Stabat Mater plus music by James MacMillan, Palestrina, Victoria and Allegri. 

Events on Saturday include choral matins with music by Stanford, Archer & Bruckner, and organ concert from James Lancelot and choral Evensong with Howells' Gloucester Service and music by Purcell and Brahms. 

Sunday morning's Sung Eucharist features Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir and in the evening a performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor with Benjamin Nicholas conducting the choir of Merton College and the Instruments of Time and Truth with soloists Rowan Pierce (soprano), Jeremy Kenyon (alto), James Gilchrist (tenor) and Giles Underwood (bass).

Full details from the Merton College website.

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