Details of St Matthew Passion in Oxford

A number of you have asked me whether I would be reviving the Bach Passion events I used to run in Cambridge. While I shall return to King’s College Chapel in the future, next April I have chosen a performance of the St Matthew Passion in Merton College Chapel, Oxford, on Passion Sunday: arguably the greatest of all sacred works performed in one of Oxford’s oldest and most beautiful buildings. The professional orchestra and solo team are complemented by the Merton College Choir, among Oxford’s finest mixed-voice choirs, and the Merton College Girls’ Choir. 
On the Saturday we shall hear Music for Lamentation in Merton Chapel from the superb Marian Consort, in a programme that mixes familiar masterpieces by Tallis and Allegri with music of the Portuguese Renaissance.
SATURDAY 8 APRIL
12.15-1.00 Arrival at Parklands, 100 Banbury Rd OX2 6JU (01865 554374) or Linton Lodge, 11-13 Linton Rd OX2 6UJ (01865 553461). There is ample parking at both hotels.
 (Guests will be able to leave their luggage and check into their rooms later in the afternoon)
1.20 Departure for Merton College
                2.00  Concert in Merton College Chapel: Music of Lamentation
The Marian Consort
Rory McCleery conductor
Cardoso Lamentatio
Lobo Pater Peccavi
Morago Oculi Mei
Tallis Lamentations of Jeremiah I
Magalhaes Commissa mea pavesco
Morago Versa est in luctum
Fernandez Circumdederunt me delores mortis
Allegri Miserere mei, Deus
(ends c 3.30)
Return to hotels for check-in
5.00-6.00 Study session in Parklands
7.30 Dinner in a pre-booked restaurant
SUNDAY 9 APRIL
10.30-12.30 Study session in Parklands, with coffee break
1.30 Lunch chez Wigmore
5.00 Bach: St Matthew Passion (in German), Merton College Chapel 
The Choir of Merton College
       Merton College Girls’ Choir; Oxford Baroque
Benjamin Nicholas, conductor 
Rogers Covey Crump Evangelist
Giles Underwood Christus
Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
Helen Charlston alto
Nicholas Scott tenor
Henry Neill bass
(ends c 8.30)
I shall reserve tables at a convenient restaurant for those who would like to eat after the performance. Others may like to come to the restaurant for a drink/coffee.