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Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Check out our Job Vacancies page for details of job and volunteering opportunities available at the Cathedral.

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New Assistant Organist Announced!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Wells Cathedral is delighted to be welcoming a new Assistant Organist to its Music Foundation following the appointment of Jeremy Cole.  Jeremy, who is currently the Assistant Director of Music at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, London will take up the post in September 2017.*

Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral) said “I am thrilled that Jeremy Cole will be joining us as Assistant Organist. He comes to us with glowing recommendations from those with whom he has worked, and with a great deal of experience of working at a very high level as an organist, choir trainer, and conductor. I know that the whole Cathedral choir will make him feel most welcome upon his arrival.”

Jeremy said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Wells Cathedral as Assistant Organist, and to be moving to such a beautiful city. I am very much looking forward to working with Matthew Owens and the superb Cathedral choir, as well as the clergy, staff, and volunteers that make up the Cathedral community.”

Jeremy Cole is currently assistant director of music at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, where he is the principal organist and plays for all regular and special services, as well as broadcasts and concerts, in one of London’s busiest churches. He also oversees the music at St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London. Alongside these roles, Jeremy pursues a busy freelance career as a conductor, organist, and piano accompanist. He is assistant conductor of the Holst Singers, and is in demand as a repetiteur for choirs, solo singers and instrumentalists, and as a continuo player. He is artistic director of Illuminare Choir, a professional ensemble which he founded in 2012.


Jeremy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and has studied the organ with Colin Walsh, Stephen Farr, and David Briggs, and conducting with Stephen Layton. He has an increasing profile as a recitalist, with recent engagements including London’s Temple Church, Westminster Abbey, and the cathedrals of Gloucester and Southwark.

Jeremy joins a team of organists at the Cathedral, which includes two organ scholars. Wells Cathedral choir was also hailed recently by an international jury from Gramophone Magazine as the greatest choir with children in the world, and the sixth greatest overall.  It consists of 18 boy choristers, 18 girl choristers and 12 Vicars Choral (the men of the choir).

*appointment is subject to DBS referencing

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General Election Hustings

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Wednesday 24 May, 7.30pm

Panel announced!

With the UK parliamentary elections fast approaching, Churches Together in the Wells Area are hosting a Question Time Hustings here at the Cathedral in the Nave.  The date is Wednesday 24 May at 7.30pm.

This un-ticketed event is open to everyone and doors will be open for 7.00pm. All of the following candidates have agreed to be on the panel so far:

Questions must be submitted by 13.00 on the day and should be sent to Stephen Fowler at the Connect Centre, Portway, Wells email: [email protected] or phone 01749 677097 for more information.   Let’s get some really good questions to the candidates! The Dean will be in the chair.

Food for thought prior to the event?  Read The Guardian’s article “Somerset: secret Lib Dem voters could give Theresa May a fighthere.

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Theology Summer School

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th July 2017.


Save the date!

A ‘Theology Summer School’ is coming to Wells Cathedral and will take place on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th July.

More details, including confirmation of speakers, to come so watch this space!

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BBC Radio 3 Broadcast from Wells Cathedral

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Wednesday 24 May, 3.30pm

Once again we’re delighted to welcome BBC Radio 3 when Evensong will be broadcast live from Wells Cathedral on Wednesday 24 May (3.30pm).

Because of the broadcast Evensong will move to the earlier time of 3.30pm to coincide with the station’s weekly broadcast.

The service will be sung by our Boy Choristers and Vicars Choral. Hear Stanford ‘Coelos ascendit hodie’, Ayleward ‘Preces and Responses’ S.S. Wesley ‘Evening Service in E’ and more!

Those wishing to join the service need to be seated by 3.15pm in the Nave.

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Ascension Day – Thursday 25th May

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Ascension Day falls this year on Thursday 25th May.  Here at the Cathedral there will be services at 10am (with Wells Cathedral School) and at 5.15pm, followed by a drinks party.

Ascension Day marks the close of the Easter season, a last Alleluia before the celebrations of Pentecost.

All will be very welcome.  Do come to celebrate!

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“Thy Kingdom Come” Prayer Fayre and Pentecost Service with a difference!

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Sunday 4th Jun : 14:30 to 18:00

Try out different ways to pray and participate in a Pentecost Service with a difference here at Wells Cathedral on Sunday 4th June.

The event marks the close of “Thy Kingdom Come”, Archbishop Justin’s global call to prayer.

Between 2.30pm and 4.30pm over 15  prayer stations, located in the nave of the Cathedral, have been designed to offer a fresh experience of prayer: multi-sensory, playful, reflective and even through dance.

Refreshments will then be available before the start of a Pentecost Service at 5pm. The service will be led by Bishop Ruth Worsley with guest preacher Bishop John Perry, former Bishop of Chelmsford, plus an interview with Esther Rose Stewart, member of the Community of St Anselm’s at Lambeth Palace and featuring jazz band, Adam’s Apple.

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Bach Complete Organ Works: Lunchtime Recitals

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

A bi-monthly series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach over six years, played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral). Admission is free with a retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.  All welcome!

Our next recital:

Thursday 18 May, 1.05 – 1.40pm


Trio in G major (after Telemann), BWV 586; Trio in C minor, BWV 585; Fugue in G major à la Gigue, BWV 577; Chorale Preludes from the Neumeister Collection.


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School Holiday Family Workshops – Glass Painting

Monday, April 24th, 2017

FREE Family Workshops held in our Education Room with no need to book – just turn up and join in!

Wednesday 31st May

Times: 10.30am – 12.00pm AND 2.00 – 3.30pm.

Using a glass jar you have brought in for the session, or one of our donated items, you can get creative with the glass paints! Guides will also be available to give your family mini-tours around the Cathedral discovering the building’s amazing windows.

Our workshops are free but donations to help cover cost of materials are gratefully received. For details of all workshops running in 2017 please visit our website here or call us on 01749 674483.

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FREE Weekly Stained Glass Window Walks and ‘Explore the Embroideries’ (Wed and Sat mornings)

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Our popular and FREE weekly Window and Embroidery Walks take place on most Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11.10 am and 11.40am respectively and continue through to October.

Lasting approximately 20 minutes each these themed walks showcase the Cathedral’s unique stained glass and wonderful embroideries. We offer a different theme each month and no booking is required. Binoculars are useful and recommended for Stained Glass tours although not essential.

Stained Glass Window Walks

May’s theme is ‘St John the Baptist’:

A Renaissance portrayal of St John the Baptist high up in the clerestory of the north transept showing him awaiting execution and an Edwardian image of the saint baptising Jesus in the river Jordan. These two images show the different styles used 400 years apart.

Explore the Embroideries Walks

May’s theme is ‘The Virgin Mary’:

Explore two beautiful embroideries of the Virgin Mary, at the Annunciation and with the baby Jesus.


(No tour on Saturday 6th May).

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