Fri 7 Apr, Merton College Chapel
Merton college was founded in 1264 and is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford. The T-shaped chapel dates from 1290 and is considered to be one of Oxford's finest. It was designed as a small-scale cathedral but the knave was never built, so the choir and the transcepts form a T-shape.
Capacity: 200 - 300
Facilities: No parking facilities, refreshments sometimes available in quad in summer, seating in the ante-chapel is at the back behind a carved screen from where the performers cannot been seen, disabled access.
Part of the annual Passiontide at Merton Festival
Choir of Merton College
Benjamin Nicholas conductor
Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending
Pärt Silouan’s Song
Tallis Sancte Deus
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
MacMillan Seven Last Words from the Cross
Seven Last Words is regarded as James MacMillan’s masterpiece and one of the finest choral works of our time. Commissioned by the BBC in 1994, this cantata sets the final seven sentences Jesus uttered, from the dramatic opening outbursts to the final hammer-blows of the nails being driven into Christ’s hands and feet. Arvo Pärt’s Silouan's Song was written in 1991 for string orchestra. Sub-titled ‘My soul yearns after the Lord’, the work is based on a text by St. Silouan. Vaughan Williams’ masterpiece for double string orchestra is based on a hymn tune by Thomas Tallis, which will be heard before the performance the Fantasia. This concert marks the first performance by Berkeley Sinfonia, named after Mertonian, Lennox Berkeley.
Duration: 1 hour 50mins