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Come & Sing Stainer's Crucifixion
: Saturday, March 29th 2014 at Merton College, Oxford

The Crucifixion -
programme notes

by John Bawden

A singer's account of this event

directed by
Ben Nicholas
organist and director of music,
Merton College, Oxford
Peter Shepherd (organ)
Merton College junior organ scholar
Thomas Dyer (tenor)
Merton College tenor choirman
Nicholas Morton (bass)
former Durham Cathedral choral scholar, St John's, Hyde Park

  Merton College was founded in 1264, so the college celebrates its 750th anniversary in 2014. Part of that celebration involves the acquisition of a fine new organ, built by Dobson of Lake City, Iowa, due to be completed in November 2013 and dedicated on 27th April 2014. Here is a wonderful opportunity to be involved in the college anniversary and to enjoy singing a much appreciated work under the expert direction of Benjamin Nicholas, accompanied by the new organ.

Sir John Stainer
(1840 1901) was one of the most distinguished musicians of his generation. For most of his life, he was closely connected with Oxford in several ways, from undergraduate to Professor of Music and churchwarden of St Cross Church. In The Crucifixion , Stainer aimed to provide a Passiontide meditation which ordinary choirs could perform and to which congregations could readily relate.
How to find Merton College
Ordnance Survey National Grid Reference SP517061

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