Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Benjamin Nicholas conductor
Judith Weir Ave Regina Caelorum
Dobrinka Tabakova Alma redemptoris mater
James MacMillan Miserere
Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Gabriel Jackson Countless and wonderful are the ways to praise God
James MacMillan Seven Last Words from the Cross
The choir of Merton College celebrated Sir James MacMillan's 60th birthday year with his spellbinding masterpiece Seven Last Words from the Cross, an immensely moving account of the final moments of Christ's crucifixion. A selection of reflective works from some of Britain's finest choral composers opened the concert, with the first half culminating in Gabriel Jackson's vivid and jubilant motet.
Part of the Three Choirs Festival.