Sun 1 Jul, Merton College
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.
Walking: approx. 10 mins
By car: approx. 5 mins
By bus: X90 from Gloucester Green Bus Station (bay 5) every 30 mins, stop Queens Lane (stop K5)
The Choir of Merton College
Benjamin Nicholas conductor
Alexander Little, Thomas Fetherstonhaugh organ
Merton Chapel is one of the most famous buildings in Oxford. Its choir has an international reputation, and in this concert includes some of the best-loved choral music in the repertoire.
Celebrating Parry’s Centenary, the concert is framed with his anthems I was glad and Blest pair of sirens.
Also included is Harris’s Faire is the heaven, Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin and some pieces especially composed for the choir in the last few years.
Duration: 1 hour 30mins with no interval