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Reformation Talk: Tuesday 31 October

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Tuesday 31 October: Reformation Day

Following our Evensong service (5.15-6.15pm) there will be a talk on the Reformation by a young scholar from Oxford, Charles Dale of Lincoln College.

In this 500th anniversary year, Charles will explore the theme ‘Reformation: Blessings and Deficits’.

All very welcome to both the talk and Evensong.

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World Peace Day to be celebrated at Wells Cathedral for the first time.

Monday, September 11th, 2017

On Thursday 21 September, as part of the One Day One Choir project (, the Cathedral Choir will be joined at Evensong by singers from local choirs, including children.

The One Day One Choir project is an exciting initiative which has been running since 2014, where people are encouraged to join together to sing for world peace. It is hoped that the Cathedral will continue to take part in future years, and especially in 2018 when we will mark 100 years since the end of WW1.

In celebration of this special day, renowned US composer Gary Davison has written a brand new anthem entitled The Blessing of Peace especially for this service at Wells Cathedral, and will be travelling to the UK to attend the service.

This special service, which will also celebrate the feast of St Matthew, will be held in the Cathedral’s Nave at 5.15pm, and the guest choirs will join the Cathedral Choir in singing the newly composed anthem by the American composer, Gary Davison, as well as the hymns.

This service will be held in the Nave, is open to the public and all are welcome.

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Modern Slavery “A CURSE IN OUR AGE” talk and workshops

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Modern slavery is one of the scandalous ills of today’s society. Efforts to combat it are a great work, drawing together many people of good will. The Church of England is closely involved with this endeavour and Wells Cathedral will be hosting two public events, in conjunction with the Diocese of Bath and Wells and The Clewer Initiative, looking at this important issue:

Wednesday 18 October “The National Picture” with The Right Revd Dr Alastair Redfern 

The first event is on Wednesday 18 October (3.00 – 4.00pm) and includes tea and briefing with The Right Revd Dr Alastair Redfern (Lead Bishop on Modern Slavery) who will be exploring “The National Picture” in the Quire of the Cathedral. The previous day the Church of England will have launched the Clewer Initiative, a key project in this area, so our briefing will be timely.

Wednesday 15 November “The Local Picture”

Our second event will be held on Wednesday 15 November (2-4.00pm) when a variety of speakers will provide us with opportunities to discuss the challenges at a local level – “The Local Picture”.

Please come to find out more.  No need to book for these free events but donations are welcome.

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“The Legal Architecture of English Cathedrals” – all welcome to first Bekynton Lecture in Law and Religion

Friday, September 8th, 2017

The first Bekynton Lecture in Law and Religion at Wells Cathedral will take place on Sunday 1 October at 4.15pm.

Professor Norman Doe, Professor and Director, Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University, will speak about ‘The Legal Architecture of English Cathedrals’.

Professor Doe is a highly engaging speaker, and his presentation is timely as the governance of cathedrals is presently under some scrutiny. The lecture will be followed by drinks and a book launch. All welcome.

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New Prebendaries Appointed

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Congratulations go to three new Prebendaries appointed by the Bishop; Fr Julian Laurence, the Reverend Sharon Crossman, and Matthew Owens, Organist and Master of Choristers here at the Cathedral.

All three will be collated and installed in the Quire at Evensong on Tuesday 3 October at 5.15pm. All welcome.

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New Cathedral Choir CD by composer John Joubert

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Wells Cathedral Choir’s new CD of works by prolific veteran composer John Joubert is now available.

Featuring pieces commissioned for and first performed by the Cathedral Choir at Wells, this programme has at its heart the extended St Mark Passion, a profound and heartfelt retelling of the well-known passion story, the expansive Missa Wellensis, and Joubert’s vivid and powerful setting of Locus iste.

This very special disc is available from the Cathedral Shops and for a limited time will be available at the special price of £10. Please call the Shop to check availability on 01749 672 773.

Wells Cathedral Choir Recordings:

More on Wells Cathedral choir recordings can be found here.

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Military Wives come to Wells Cathedral

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

We are delighted to announce that The Military Wives Choirs will be performing a concert here at Wells Cathedral on Friday 24 November (7.30pm) as part of their “Home For Christmas” Tour 2017.

The audience can expect to hear plenty of the choir’s festive favourites as well as songs from the Military Wives Choirs’ own album ‘Home for Christmas’ which will be available to purchase on the night, allowing the audience to take that merry feeling away with them while showing their support for women in the military community.


Tickets for the concert are priced from £27.50 and are on sale now, so book now via Ticketmaster or the Cathedral Box Office by calling 01749 672773.


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Monday, August 14th, 2017

Education is key in our mission here at Wells Cathedral and thus our ‘theology@wells’ programme offers a number of events throughout the year to prompt discussion and provide intellectual and spiritual support.

Here is a taster for some of the events which will be offered this autumn, open to all.

More details on events which take place as part of our ‘theology@wells’ programme can be found here. Or sign up to our regular monthly e-newsletter here to keep up-to-date with all events and activities taking place in the Cathedral.

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Installation of the Administrator of Wells Cathedral

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Wells Cathedral is delighted to announce that Mrs Jackie Croft will join Wells Cathedral as Administrator from 25 September 2017.

The Cathedral Administrator plays an important role in the life of the Cathedral as its senior administrative and financial officer, charged with advising the Chapter, coordinating operations and being one of the Cathedral’s leading ambassadors in the city and county.

Jackie is currently the Cathedral Administrator at Lincoln Cathedral, a position she has held for three years. Before Lincoln Jackie held the Administrator role at Derby Cathedral and she confesses that it was a love of Cathedrals that persuaded her to leave a successful career in industry lastly as a Human Resources Director at Rolls-Royce.

Looking forward to her new role, Jackie says: “I’m delighted to be joining Wells as the Cathedral embarks on a new and exciting period of development. Wells is one of England’s most beautiful and compact cities and its Cathedral is a place of global significance drawing visitors and pilgrims from near and far. I am really looking forward to working with everyone to ensure that the Cathedral continues to inspire, makes a difference by enriching lives and is accessible for all to enjoy, both now and in the future.“

The Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Wells, says “It’s wonderful to be welcoming Jackie to the Cathedral.  She will play a major role in the formulation and implementation of the strategy of the Cathedral and in determining its future direction so this was a crucial appointment for Chapter to make.  We had an extremely strong field of candidates but Jackie will make a significant and positive addition to our team and will bring with her a wealth of experience in strategic and operational leadership in Cathedrals and also industry. I look forward to welcoming Jackie and her husband Trevor to Wells.”

Jackie succeeds Dr Paul Richards, who retired in June 2017, and she will be installed as Administrator during Evensong at Wells Cathedral on Sunday 24 September 2017 at 3pm.

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Be a Chorister for a Day 2017

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Boys wanted!

Our next Be a Chorister for a Day event will take place on Saturday 14 October 2017 from 11.00am-5.00pm, when children aged between 7 and 9 years old learn what it is like to be a Cathedral Chorister.

Up to forty five children can attend the event, which runs from 11am – 5.15pm. The day includes singing games, learning about the Cathedral and finding out what a Chorister really does. Lunch is provided, and at the end of the day the children sing Evensong with the Cathedral Choir. In the afternoon parents can take a tour of Wells Cathedral School if they wish, and have afternoon tea in historic Vicars’ Hall before the Evensong service.

If you know a child who will be aged between 7 and 9 on this date who would like to take part please send an e-mail with your name, address, telephone number, child’s name and date of birth to to Melanie Lawlor in the Cathedral’s Music Office by emailing , or telephone us on 01749 674483.

Places are limited and the day is very popular, so please register early!

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