Mosaic on the facade of Bremen Cathedral showing the crucifixion of Christ - Photo: © Joaquim Alves Gaspar, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Passiontide at Merton 2019

“an unmissable event on Oxford’s musical calendar”
BBC Music Magazine

A three-day festival of concerts, talks and services, the annual Passiontide at Merton festival is a highlight of Oxford's musical year; the 2019 Festival will take place from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 March 2019.

Highlights of this, the tenth festival, include concerts by The Cardinall’s MusickInstruments of Time & Truth, the Choir of Merton College, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, and the Riga Vocal Quartet. Works being performed will include Tallis's Spem in alium, Pergolesi's Stabat mater, JS Bach's St Matthew Passion, and Gabriel Jackson's 2017 work Exile Meditations.

Booking is now open for The Cardinall's Musick - The full programme will be available from late 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.