79. Duruflé Requiem: The Choir of Merton College, Olivia Warbuton, Benson Wilson & Rebecca McNaught
26 October 2019, 16:30 - 17:30
Oxford OX1 4JD
- Choir of Merton College, Oxford (Ensemble)
- Benjamin Nicholas (Conductor)
- Olivia Warburton (Mezzo-soprano)
- Benson Wilson (Baritone)
- Rebecca McNaught (Cellist)
The Choir of Merton College, one of Oxford’s leading chapel choirs, performs Duruflé’s wonderful Requiem, alongside short works by Judith Weir and our Associate Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. This concert is a popular tradition of the final day of the Festival. We are delighted that the Choir and their Director Benjamin Nicholas will be joined by Olivia Warburton, who so impressed at the finals of this year's Young Artist Platform, and Benson Wilson, winner of this year's Kathleen Ferrier Awards.
EnsembleThe Choir of Merton College is one of Oxford’s leading mixed-voice choirs, singing during term-time in the thirteenth century chapel. The choir consists of thirty undergraduates and post-graduates, many of whom hold choral scholarships at Merton College. In recent years tours have included France, the USA, Sweden and Italy, and performances of Duruflé’s Requiem in Gloucester Cathedral, Tallis’s Spem in alium in the Beaujolais Festival, Mozart's Requiem in St Germain-des-Prés, Paris, and the première... Read Full Biography
ConductorBenjamin Nicholas is Reed Rubin Organist & Director of Music at Merton College, Oxford. As a conductor he has appeared with the City of London Sinfonia, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, The Trondheim Soloists and The Holst Singers in works such as Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Holst’s Savitri and Duruflé’s Requiem. His most recent organ recording of Elgar’s organ works, was described by The Sunday Times as ‘a musical achievement…captivating’. With ... Read Full Biography
Mezzo-sopranoBritish Mezzo Soprano, Olivia Warburton studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music with Caitlin Hulcup, Yvonne Howard and Jonathan Papp. After graduating with first class honours and distinction from both the BMus and MA programmes, Olivia spent time as Erasmus student at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln where she studied with Prof. Brigitte Lindner. She has been a prize winner in numerous competitions including the International Haydn Singing Competition, the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize and the Lesley... Read Full Biography
BaritoneAward-winning baritone, Benson Wilson is a New Zealand born, and of Samoan heritage, opera singer who is currently based in London, UK. This year, Benson won the prestigious 64th Kathleen Ferrier Award at the Wigmore Hall. In 2018, Benson Wilson won the prestigious Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation and was also awarded the people’s choice award. Before heading to the UK, Benson Wilson also won New Zealand’s premiere singing competition, the Lexus Song Quest which has also been won by some of the greatest New Zeala... Read Full Biography
CellistRebecca McNaught is a dynamic young British cellist who has performed internationally as a soloist and orchestral musician. She has a particular affinity to Elgar’s Cello Concerto, which she has performed across the UK at Merton College’s Passiontide Festival, St. John Smith’s Square, Gloucester Cathedral and in Tewkesbury Abbey. She is excited to embark on a Professional Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music next year where she will be exploring post-romantic solo and duo sonatas by composers such as Britten, Debussy,... Read Full Biography
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