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Saying Farewell

We would like to thank those who are leaving the Cathedral Music Foundation at the end of the academic year, and are deeply grateful to them for their commitment, dedication, hard work, and marvellous music making.

Choristers Orla Donoghue, Harriet Perring, Henry Dukes, and Hugh Latta are leaving the choir at the end of their choristerships. We are very grateful to them and their families for all that they have given to the choir and Cathedral.

Theo Golden, Counter Tenor Choral Scholar, will be studying music at Durham University; Oscar Golden-Lee, Tenor Choral Scholar is going to be a Choral Scholar at Lincoln Cathedral; William White, our Bass Choral Scholar, has secured a job with IBM in London.

James Kealey – our current Senior Organ Scholar – will also be moving to St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow to take up the post of Director of Choral Music from August this year. James will be kept busy in his exciting new role where he will be running the Schola programme at the College (a Jesuit Catholic School in the heart of Glasgow) as well as preparing the numerous choirs for services, concerts and other events.

We wish them all the best of luck for the future.

Be a Chorister for a Day

Our annual Be a Chorister for a Day event will take place on Saturday 14 October from 11.00am-5.00pm, and 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 take part in Evensong with the Cathedral Choir. In the afternoon parents can take a tour of Wells Cathedral School, and have afternoon tea in Vicars’ Hall before Evensong.

If you know a child who will be aged between 7 and 9 on this date and would like to take part, please send your contact details to Melanie Lawlor in the Music Office by emailing:, or telephone 01749 674483. Places are limited, so please register early.

Jeremy Cole joins Wells Cathedral

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.  More here.

Oscar and Theo join Genesis Sixteen

Huge congratulations to choral scholars Theo Golden (countertenor) and Oscar Golden-Lee (tenor) who have both been invited to join Genesis Sixteen from August. Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen’s free young artists’ scheme, which aims to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers. During the course of a year, a series of week-long and weekend courses are led by key figures from The Sixteen, including founder and conductor Harry Christophers and Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan. Participants receive group tuition, individual mentoring, and masterclasses run by some of the industry’s top vocal experts. To win a place with the Genesis Sixteen is a huge achievement, and shows what talented choral scholars we are blessed with here at Wells. Matthew Owens, Organist and Master of the Choristers

Vacancies for boy choristers!

Do you know a boy currently in school year 3 or 4 who would like to be a chorister at Wells Cathedral? We currently have vacancies. To find out more about auditioning for this world-famous choir, contact Cindy Valuto at Wells Cathedral School via or 01749 834213.

Upcoming Concerts:

Please see the new Music in Wells 2017 leaflet for details of Concerts throughout the year.

Thursday 6 July, 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)


James Kealey (Senior Organ Scholar, Wells Cathedral).

Admission: free. Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.

(Please note, this is a change to the date published in the Music in Wells leaflet. The Bach Recital will now take place on Thursday 13 July.)

Thursday 13 July, 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)


The sixteenth in the 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): Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 536; Fugue in B minor, on a theme of Corelli, BWV 579; Trio in G minor, BWV 584; Toccata in E major, BWV 566; Chorale Preludes from the Neumeister Collection.

Admission: free. Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.