Our Op. 91 for Merton College is complete. Commissioned in celebration of Merton’s 750th anniversary, the organ takes its place in the College’s Chapel, whose construction began in the late 13th century and was completed around 1450. The oldest of the thirty-eight Oxford colleges, Merton has a vibrant chapel music program under the leadership of Benjamin Nicholas, the Reed Rubin Organist and Director of Music, and Peter Phillips, the Reed Rubin Director of Music. The Rev Dr Simon Jones is the Chaplain, and Paul Hale served the College as organ consultant.
Installation of the organ began at the end of June 2013. Voicing began in early August, and the organ was completed in November.
A series of dedication recitals throughout 2014 has been announced by the College. John Scott of Saint Thomas Church in New York City presented the opening concert on Saturday, 26 April 2014. Details of other programs can be found on our Recitals page and in the College’s brochure.
The organ was featured on the cover of the November 2013 issue of The American Organist magazine. The Omaha World-Herald published an interesting article about Op. 91, which you can find here. You might also be interested to see photos of the organ under construction.
The first worldwide hearing of the organ took place on 20 November 2013, with a live radio broadcast of an Evensong celebrating the lives of Saint Cecelia and Benjamin Britten. The archived service can be found on the BBC 3 website.