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Oxford Choir of Merton College


The Choir of Merton College is known internationally through its tours, recordings and broadcasts. Recent concert tours have included Italy, Sweden, France and the USA, and in December 2018 the choir made its first visit to Singapore and Hong Kong. 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 and The Apostles in The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. The choir often partners ensembles such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Instruments of Time & Truth and Oxford Baroque. The choir regularly appears in London at St John’s, Smith Square, The Cadogan Hall and The Temple Church.

Described by Gramophoneas "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 2011was named 'Gramophone Editor’s Choice' as was the choir’s most recent recording – Gabriel Jackson’s The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. 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.

Last updated: Sep 2019