Three Choirs Festival

James MacMillan

James MacMillan Seven Last Words from the Cross
Judith Weir Ave Regina Caelorum
Dobrinka Tabakova Alma redemptoris mater
James MacMillan Miserere
Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Gabriel Jackson Countless and wonderful are the ways to praise God

Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Bristol Ensemble
Benjamin Nicholas conductor

As part of the Three Choirs Festival, Bristol Ensemble joins forces with the acclaimed choir of Merton College, Oxford, to celebrate Sir James MacMillan’s 60th birthday year with a performance of his spellbinding masterpiece Seven Last Words from the Cross, an immensely moving account of the final moments of Christ’s crucifixion. A selection of reflective works from some of Britain’s finest choral composers opens the concert, with the first half culminating in Gabriel Jackson’s vivid and jubilant motet Countless and wonderful are the ways to praise God.

Tickets £35, £30, £22, £12. Booking opens on 24 April online at