The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

60 mins

for soprano and tenor soloists, SATB choir and ten players: piccolo/alto flute, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone/alto saxophone, horn in F, harp, percussion (1 player: bass drum, vibraphone, tubular bells, wind chimes (metal), tam-tam, brake drum, water gong, suspended cymbal, vibraslap, 3 temple blocks, mark tree), violin, viola, violoncello, double bass

Texts from the Gospels of St Matthew, St Luke and St John, and by Venantius Fortunatus (c.530–c.600/609), attrib. Pope Innocent VI (d.1362), Thomas Carew (1595-1640), Edward Reynolds (1599-1676), Edmund Blunden (1896-1974), and T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Commissioned by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford, to celebrate the 750th Anniversary of the foundation of the College
First performed by Emma Tring (soprano), Nick Pritchard (tenor), the Choir of Merton College, Oxford and the Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia, conducted by Benjamin Nicholas, in Merton College Chapel on 4 April 2014