The Merton Collection: Merton College at 750


In 2014, Merton celebrated its 750th year. Benjamin Nicholas and Peter Phillips' specially conceived programme journeys through three-quarters of a millennium of choral repertoire.

Not just a demonstration of this accomplished ensemble's versatility, the recording also provides a bird's-eye view of some important moments in musical history, and features two composers – John Dunstaple and Lennox Berkeley – associated with the College as well as three works specially commissioned for the anniversary celebrations.

The choir gives stylish and committed performances in the famous acoustic of Merton's chapel.


The singing is of the kind of even quality as to make it unrecognisable as a college — and therefore 'youth' — choir

Gramophone magazine, February 2014

Though Merton is on the cusp of its 750th anniversary, this choir is a 2006 creation, yet has quickly gained distinction. Here it offers a panorama of world musical history … But it’s the transhistorical stylistic homogeneity of choral singing that comes through

Sunday Times, December 2013

In only a few years the choir has established itself as one of the leading collegiate choirs in the UK. This, its third disc for Delphian, confirms that it is now, surely, one of the jewels in that label’s crown … The singing throughout this programme is superb

MusicWeb International, November 2013

Track listing

Ēriks Ešenvalds – Magnificat (Merton College Service)

Ēriks Ešenvalds – Nunc dimittis (Merton College Service)

John Dunstaple – Veni Sancte Spiritus/Veni Creator

John  Sheppard – Libera nos, salva nos I

Arvo Pärt – The Woman with the Alabaster Box

Hubert Parry – There is an old belief

William Byrd – Praise our Lord, all ye gentiles

Orlando Gibbons – This is the record of John

Lennox Berkeley – Veni sponsa Christi

Henry Purcell – Hear my prayer, O Lord

Henry Purcell – Remember not, Lord, our offences

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Valiant-for-truth

Charles Villiers Stanford – Justorum animae

Charles Villiers Stanford – Beati quorum via

William Mundy – Magnificat (Second Service ‘in F fa ut’)

William Mundy – Nunc dimittis (Second Service ‘in F fa ut’)

James Lavino – Beati quorum via

Maurice Greene – Lord, let me know mine end

Ola Gjeilo – Sacred Origins

The Merton Collection - CD cover