79. Duruflé Requiem: The Choir of Merton College, Olivia Warburton, Benson Wilson & Rebecca McNaught
26 October 2019, 16:30 - 17:30
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.
Judith Weir (b. 1954)My Guardian Angel
- Ave Regina Caelorum
Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b. 1980)Bogoroditse Dyevo
Maurice Duruflé (1902 - 1986)
EnsembleThe 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... Read Full Biography
ConductorBenjamin Nicholas is Reed Rubin Organist & Director of Music at Merton College, Oxford and Principal Conductor of The Oxford Bach Choir. As a conductor, he has appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, The BBC Singers 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. During Benjamin’s time at Merton, the annual Pass... Read Full Biography
Mezzo-sopranoOlivia Warburton studied on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music with Caitlin Hulcup, Yvonne Howard and Jonathan Papp. She was a recent prize winner at the 1st International Haydn Competition in Vienna, and won the Alice Gamble and Andrew S Sykes awards for outstanding achievement at the RAM. Recent operatic roles include the title role in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges and Ino in Handel’s Semele for Royal Academy Opera. In 2018, Olivia made her debut as Teseo at the London Handel Festival under Davi... Read Full Biography
BaritoneNew Zealand-born Sāmoan baritone Benson Wilson is the winner of the prestigious 64th Kathleen Ferrier Award. That same year he was awarded the Most Outstanding Overseas Performer of the Royal Overseas League Competition, the Worshipful Company of Musicians Award, and was the 2018 winner of the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation Award and the People’s Choice Award. In 20/21 Benson joins English National Opera as a Harewood Artist, opening the season as Schaunard La bohème for their Drive & Live production at... 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 currently studying for a Professional Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music where she is exploring post-romantic solo and duo sonatas by composers such as Britten, Debussy, Crumb and Kod... Read Full Biography
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