"Quite a shock to the system" ... "English choral music, but not as you expect to hear it"

Just some of the accolades for The Choir of Merton College Oxford's latest project - and our biggest to-date; Orchestral Anthems with Britten Sinfonia. See more, below:

Orchestral Anthems: Dyson | Howells | Elgar | Finzi

Choir of Merton College Oxford | Britten Sinfonia

Written for enthronements, coronations and the nation’s grandest choral festivals, national ‘standards’ are here brought back to life, their orchestral accompaniments affording them the richness, pomp and majesty associated with that epoch.

"quite a shock to the system ... The 42 undergraduate and postgraduate members of Merton College Choir and 18 Girl Choristers rise with aplomb to the challenge of matching the superb Britten Sinfonia, producing a rich, yet bright sound that is very different from that of most cathedral choirs that have recorded this repertoire…”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Choir and Organ

"One for fans of English choral music, but not as you expect to hear it …”


“A winner in every sense … We know that the Merton choirs are among the elite of Britain’s collegiate choirs and this recording shows them, once again, on top form; their ongoing relationship with Delphian is hugely productive”

ALBUM OF THE MONTH MusicWeb International

"Choir and orchestra are on majestic form … remarkable in its lyrical intensity”


"The performances made the hairs on my arms rise ..The quality of the recording is marvellous; the choir dazzles with stupendous singing, and the large forces of the Britten Sinfonia are outstanding"

"You can’t deny the fervour of the Choir of Merton College, Oxford and their director Benjamin Nichols, or the extra splendour radiating from the musicians of Britten Sinfonia”

★ ★ ★ ★ The Times

“At times startling … but never less than utterly absorbing … revelatory … the singers and players achieve a wonderful depth and clarity of tone. Fascinating”

★ ★ ★ ★ The Sunday Times