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Wells Cathedral – Simon Jenkins’ favourite English cathedral!

Friday, October 14th, 2016

We are delighted that Simon Jenkins has identified Wells Cathedral as his favourite among all English Cathedrals!

His new book England’s Cathedrals ‘not only offers us a companion to England’s Thousand Best Churches, it takes us on an enthralling tour of the nation and its history, through some of our most astonishing buildings.’

Some recent reviews of the book can be found below:


The Times

Good Reads



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October Half-Term Family Free ‘Art with Leaves’ Workshop

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Join us for FREE family activity workshops with leaf-themed activities for all ages on Wednesday 26th October, 10.00am-12.00pm and 1.00-3.00pm.

All materials will be provided for these sessions to be held in the Cathedral’s Education Room.  Donations towards cost of materials welcomed. No need to book, just turn up and get involved!

Plus, Wells Cathedral Nature Trail

As part of these workshops we are also holding the Wells Cathedral Nature Trail at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Starting from the Education Room these FREE guided tours lasting approx. 15 minutes, take you around the cathedral looking for leaves hidden in the decorations. A great way to get some inspiration for the craft workshop!

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Wells Cathedral Choir : New Christmas CD

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Ahead of its official release, the new Christmas CD from Wells Cathedral Choir is now available from the Wells Cathedral shops.

“A Wells Christmas” features an irresistible array of 20 popular carols and more recent offerings, including works by John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Kenneth Leighton, Matthew Owens, and many more. If you are not able to visit the Cathedral shops in person, you can order your copy by calling the shop on 01749 672773 or by sending an e-mail to [email protected] (P&P charges will apply).

Only the proceeds from CDs purchased from the Cathedral shops will support the Choir and Cathedral.

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New Wells Cathedral choir CD ‘Missa Wellensis’

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Our Cathedral Shop is stocking copies of Wells Cathedral Choir’s new CD ‘Missa Wellensis’ launched at a special evensong on Thursday 22 September.

The disc features works by Sir John Tavener, including a Mass written for Wells Cathedral Choir in the last year of the composer’s life. It was premiered by the choir under the direction of Matthew Owens, in May 2014, during the new music wells festival, in the presence of the composer’s widow, Lady Tavener. The disc also features the world premier recording of the Preces and Responses, also written for Wells Cathedral Choir alongside some of Tavener’s finest and best-loved works such as Song for Athene, and his Greek-Orthodox inspired Magnificat and Nunc dimittis.

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Wells Cathedral Photographic Competition 2016: winner announced

Monday, September 12th, 2016

We are delighted to announce that Jeanne Bradban is the winner of our Wells Cathedral Photographic Competition 2016.

Jeanne’s photograph had stiff competition but our panel of judges felt that it successfully captured the beauty of the building as well as reflecting the life of the Cathedral itself by using the choir chairs as a focus, encapsulating the evangelical essence of the space.

Congratulations therefore go to Jeanne as well as to all our shortlisted photographs, all of whom will be featured on our Facebook page over the coming weeks and included in our forthcoming exhibition (Saturday 15 October – Friday 28 October).

Jeanne will also receive a voucher for a meal for two at Wells Cathedral’s café, a £100.00 high street stores voucher and their winning photo printed on a canvas for display at the competition exhibition. Once the exhibition closes this canvas will be sent to the winner for display in pride of place at home.

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The next Dean of Wells announced

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The Queen has approved the appointment of the Very Revd Dr John Davies as Dean of Wells. Confirmation of the appointment was announced by 10 Downing Street at 10am this morning (Tuesday 23 August 2016). Dr Davies succeeds the Very Revd John Clarke, who retired at the end of 2015.

Dr Davies will be officially installed as Dean of Wells at a special service to be held on Sunday, 20 November 2016 here at Wells Cathedral.

Further information about the announcement can be found on the diocesan website here.

And to listen to an interview with BBC Radio Somerset’s Ben McGrail click here (approx. 2h 10mins in).

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Join Wells Junior Choir

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Would you like to sing, have fun and make new friends?

Are you in school years 3-6?

Then Wells Junior Choir is for YOU!

About Us

We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 5.00 – 6.00pm in term time. There is no audition and both boys and girls are very welcome. We sing music in lots of different styles and there are plenty of performance opportunities.

More Information

For more information please contact Tricia Rees-Jones on 07497 895664 or via email at [email protected] Please provide your name, date of birth, telephone number, a parent’s name and your home address.

WC Junior Choir Poster 2016

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Wells Cathedral Annual Pass

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

English Cathedrals receive no regular funding from the Church of England or the Government towards maintenance, restoration and development work, a challenge which is often little understood both in this country and overseas.

Here in Wells that means the Cathedral has to raise £4,500 per day which must be achieved via our own endeavours and with the help of our visitors, congregation and supporters.

The Cathedral welcomes thousands of visitors each year who join in with regular daily services and events and one of the major sources of regular income for the Cathedral to meet these costs is therefore from visitor entry donations.

Wells Cathedral Annual Pass

Wells Cathedral work on roof

From Monday 4 July 2016, anyone wishing to make a donation to the Cathedral and enjoy fast-track access for 12 months via the Cathedral’s Donation Desk can purchase a new Wells Cathedral ‘Annual Pass’.

It is our policy to welcome everyone to the Cathedral irrespective of their ability to leave a donation.  However, we hope that the Annual Pass will provide a convenient method for those who feel able to contribute to our work.

How to Purchase an Annual Pass

The Annual Pass costs £15 and is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

To purchase an Annual Pass or for more details please call us on 01749 672773 or email [email protected].

Details of other ways to make a donation can be found here.

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new music wells 76-16

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

new music wells

forty years of music: a celebration

Sunday 16 – Thursday 20 October

Founded in 2008 by Matthew Owens, Organist and Master of the Choristers, this innovative festival is a retrospective of sacred choral and organ music of the previous forty years during all services, together with world premiere performances by Wells Cathedral Choir and organists of music by internationally renowned composers, local composers, and composition students from Wells Cathedral School. There are also concerts and a public masterclass with the featured composer of the year. The festival’s President is British composer, Judith Bingham, following on from the late Jonathan Harvey.

The 2016 new music wells festival will take place from Sunday 16 – Thursday 20 October. This year’s distinguished featured composer is Judith Weir CBE, Master of the Queen’s Music. Her new choral work, Leaf from leaf christ knows will be premiered by Wells Cathedral Choir on Thursday 20 October at the 5.15pm service of Choral Evensong. She will be in conversation with fellow composers at an Evening with the Master of the Queen’s Music on Wednesday 19 October, at the cathedral, and will give a public composition masterclass in Cedars Hall on the afternoon of Thursday 20 October. Admission to all of these events is free.

The festival will also include world premiere performances of works by local composers Stuart Beer, William Drakett, and Matthew Owens; and by Thomas Carling, who was a student at Wells Cathedral School up until July of this year.

There will be three concerts during the week: students from Wells Cathedral School will give lunchtime recitals on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 October at 1.05pm, including music by the school’s student composers. In addition, international concert organist, Gordon Stewart, will give an organ recital at 1.05pm on Thursday 20 October. The concert will feature music by Naji Hakim, Andrew Carter, and Judith Weir. Admission to all three performances is free, with retiring collections to support Wells Cathedral Music.

Times of Services for the festival

Sunday: Eucharist 9.45am, Mattins 11.30am, Evensong 3.00pm.

Monday to Thursday: Evensong 5.15pm

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Medieval City of Contemporary Culture – October Festivals

New this year is a partnership with three other cultural Festivals all taking place in Wells during October, including Wells Festival of Literature, Wells Art Contemporary and Wells Food Festival.

Matthew Owens, Organist and Master of the Choristers said:  ‘Collaboration between the arts and these innovative festivals is a wonderful thing. I am thrilled that, in this first year of the Wells Festivals coming together, we have invited the Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir CBE, in residence to compose ‘Leaf from leaf Christ knows’ for new music wells 76-16.’

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Looking for an inspirational day out for your Group?

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

There is plenty for groups to see and enjoy at Wells Cathedral.  Set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city, and the earliest English cathedral to be built in the Gothic style, the current building was erected between the 12th and 15th centuries and is a significant landmark in Somerset and the South West.

Easily accessible from Bath, Bristol, Wales and the West Country, Wells Cathedral makes an unforgettable and unique addition to your group’s itinerary.

The Nave and famous ‘Scissor Arches’ at Wells Cathedral

Did you know, for instance, that our magnificent West Front (c 1230) contains one of the largest galleries of mediaeval sculpture in the world? That our impressive Chapter House is still used to transact cathedral business on formal occasions and that the Wells clock, installed circa 1390, is one of the oldest mediaeval clock faces in the world and that, on each the quarter hour, visitors pause and watch jousting knights go round in tournament.

Or that Vicars’ Close, situated next to the Cathedral and part of its environs, was built to house the men of the choir and is the oldest continuously inhabited street in Europe?

Pre-booked Groups

Pre-booked groups of 10 or more receive a range of exclusive benefits including:

• A group rate of £5.70* per head, inc VAT (a saving on the ‘walk-in’ suggested donation rate)

• Free tour guide (including foreign language guides) taking in a General Guided Tour of the Cathedral

• Free place for the group organiser, tour manager or bus driver

• Free familiarisation visit for the tour leader ahead of the visit

• Option to pre-book leaflets

*£10 per head for Special Interest Tours with minimum group size of 8

More Information and Booking

To discuss your requirements – including adding a catering package – and to book your visit please call us on 01749 674483 or email us at [email protected]  Or for more information about what’s on offer for groups at Wells Cathedral please click here.


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