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Passiontide at Merton 2020

“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 2020 Festival will take place from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 April 2020.

Highlights of this, the eleventh festival, include concerts by Florilegium, Instruments of Time & Truth, the Choir of Merton College, Bojan Čičić, and an organ recital by Margaret Phillips. Works to be performed include Biber’s Rosary Sonatas, Pergolesi's Stabat mater, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, and JS Bach's St Matthew Passion.

    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 Jesus Christ and Emily Levy’s In Paradisum.

    Festival tickets

    Festival tickets are available, which include:

    • Tickets for all festival events
    • Lunch and the Festival Dinner on Saturday
    • Lunch on Sunday
    • A drinks reception with the artists on Sunday evening

    There are also a range of accommodation and festival ticket packages available:

    Saturday

    Single or Twin room, which includes:

    • Tickets for each event on Saturday and Sunday
    • Festival Dinner on Saturday
    • Breakfast and lunch on Sunday
    • A drinks reception with the artists on Sunday evening

    Friday & Saturday

    Single or Twin room, which includes:

    • Tickets for all festival events
    • Breakfast, lunch, and the Festival dinner on Saturday
    • Breakfast and lunch on Sunday
    • A drinks reception with the artists on Sunday evening