O Holy Night by The Choir of Merton College, Oxford University

 

4th Dec Victoria Concert Hall

tickets from www.sistic.com.sg

 

6th Dec Sheung Wan Civic Centre

Tickets From www.urbtix.hk

 ”one of UK finest ensembles.” Gramophone

Programme

 

William Byrd     Sing joyfully

J Haydn              Gloria (Missa Sancti Nicolai)

W A Mozart       Laudate Dominum

Benjamin Britten   A Hymn to the Virgin   

Organ Solo                                                 

H Howells          A Spotless  Rose   

D Tabakova       Alma Redemptoris Mater         

  R Pearsall (trad German) In dulci jubilo    

Harold Darke   In the bleak midwinter

D Willcocks (are) Once in Royal David’s city

Orlando di Lassus Omnes de Saba venient

Bob Chilcott      Shepherd’s Carol

John Gardner    A Gallery Carol

A Adam (arr John Rutter) O Holy Night!

Organ Solo                                      

Ralph Vaughan Williams   Fantasia on Christmas Carols 

 

 

"the superb performances are characterised by a phenomenal sense of control and restraint, with every note carefully crafted and bathed in the radiant acoustic of the college chapel" Church Music Quarterly, March 2014

 

“Another choral hit with this exceptional and fascinating collection themed around musical representations of the Virgin Mary. And once again, Merton College Choir is the immaculate vehicle for performances that encompass the old and the new.”

— The Scotsman, January 2015, FIVE STARS

 

“Well performed, beautifully sung and exquisitely recorded. Who could ask for anything more?”

Gramophone, April 2016

 

BIOGRAPHY 

The Choir of Merton College is one of Oxford’s leading mixed-voice choirs and sings the liturgies, during term-time, in the thirteenth century chapel. The thirty undergraduates and postgraduates read a number of different subjects and are ordinarily members of Merton College. Outside term, the choir tours regularly, most recently visiting Sweden, France and the USA. Performances in 2016 included Mozart’s Requiem in Toulouse, and engagements at Washington National Cathedral and St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York and in 2017 the choir sang the first ever Anglican Service in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  Recent concert performances in the UK have included Duruflé’s Requiem in Gloucester Cathedral as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival, Tallis's Spem in alium in Cambridge, Oxford and London, and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius in The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. The choir regularly appears in London at St John’s, Smith Square, The Cadogan Hall and The Temple Church.

 

Described by Gramophone as "one of the UK's finest choral ensembles", the choir’s recordings are on the Delphian label and have been widely acclaimed. The first release in 2011 was named 'Gramophone Editor’s Choice' and the most recent disc was a 2016 ‘Gramophone Critics’ Choice’. The choir regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 live from Merton College Chapel, and in 2013 was featured in the BBC series Music & the Monarchy.

 

 

Merton College Choir has demonstrated a strong commitment to contemporary music, and has held a new music partnership with Choir & Organ magazine and has collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of its ‘Encore’ scheme. The choir has recently premiered new works from Birtwistle, Chilcott, Dove, MacMillan, Tabakova, Tavener and Weir and in April 2014 gave the world premiere performances of Gabriel Jackson’s Passion in Oxford and New York.  

 

 

Benjamin Nicholas is Reed Rubin Organist & Director of Music at Merton College, Oxford and Principal Conductor-Designate of The Oxford Bach Choir. As a conductor he has appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, The BBC Singers and The Holst Singers. Benjamin Nicholas has been involved in the commissioning of a great many works, and conducted the premieres of Charlotte Bray’s Bach Re-imagined in Southwark Cathedral with the City of London Sinfonia, Howard Goodall’s Veni Sancte Spiritus in Westminster Abbey. He was elected a Bodley Fellow of Merton in 2018.

British School of Tokyo and Bishop Hall Jubilee School (Ended)

Oundle School Concert 15th April Shouson Theatre HK (Ended)

The Choir of St John’s Cambridge Hong Kong and Singapore Tour (Ended)

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge Asia Tour (Ended)


A Ceremony of Carols by Britten with Harp and Music for the Christmas Season

Concert by the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

The Imatake Koto Ensemble (Ended)

Robin Zebaida Piano Recital 14th May City Hall. Just finished

23rd May A Friends' Quartet The Hong Kong Club

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