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Tapestry with scenes from the Passion of Christ, by an unknown weaver, Flemish (active 1470-1490 in Tournai), via Wikimedia Commons

Passiontide at Merton 2018

A three-day festival of concerts, talks and services, the annual Passiontide at Merton festival is a highlight of Oxford's musical year; the 2018 Festival will take place from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March 2018.

The ninth Passiontide Festival features some of the world’s finest liturgical music:

  • Bach’s Mass in B minor will be performed by Merton College Choir
  • The Marian Consort return to the festival with the world première of Gabriel Jackson’s Stabat Mater
  • Other works include Allegri’s Miserere and Palestrina’s Stabat Mater
  • The works of William Byrd and Frank Martin will feature in the sung services
  • James Lancelot plays an organ concert including Passacaglias by Bach and Frank Martin

Full programme and box office information will be available from Wednesday 1 November.

The festival

The first Passiontide at Merton festival took place in 2010. The festival has become a popular musical and liturgical event, attracting a large following, with many visitors staying in the College for the duration of the festival. The festival usually takes place over the Palm Sunday weekend.

Although the resident College Choir is the featured ensemble, visiting performers have included The Tallis Scholars, The Marian Consort, Oxford Baroque, Carducci Quartet, Emma Kirkby and Elin Manahan Thomas. A number of works have been premièred at the festival, including Gabriel Jackson’s The Passion of our Lord and Emily Levy’s In Paradisum.

Image: Tapestry with scenes from the Passion of Christ, by an unknown weaver, Flemish (active 1470-1490 in Tournai), via Wikimedia Commons