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Welcome and congratulations

At Evensong on Saturday 10th September we will welcome the following people into the choir:

Boy choristers: Harry Hellier, William Perring, and George Thomas
Girl chorister: Elsa Melia
Vicar Choral: Craig Bissex
Choral Scholars: Theo Golden, Oscar Golden-Lee, and William White
Senior Organ Scholar: James Kealey
Junior Organ Scholar: Nick Tall

Congratulations are due to the following choristers who will be surpliced at this service: Raphael Davey, Daniel Fawden, Ross Lloyd, Monty Reeve-Gray, Madeline Davis, Cecilia Fawden, Eliza Hazlewood, Mimi Hughes, and Eliza Mead. Congratulations are also due to Hugh Latta and Orla Donoghue, who become Head Boy Chorister and Head Girl Chorister, respectively, and to Henry Dukes and Bailey Roberts, and Harriet Perring, who will become Deputy Head Boy and Girl Choristers.

Visiting Choirs

The Cathedral welcomes ‘Visiting Choirs’ to sing the services during the school holidays. We have been extremely fortunate this summer to welcome ten very talented and friendly choirs. Visiting choirs play a valuable part in the life of the Cathedral, enabling our choral tradition to continue during our own choir’s holiday. We would like to express our very grateful thanks to The King’s Counterpoint, Charleston, USA; Trinity Cathedral Chamber Singers, Ohio, USA; Wessex Cantorum; Holy Trinity Church Choir, Southport; St Mary’s Priory Church Choir, Abergavenny; The Keble Choir; The European Cathedral Singers; Voces Assumptionis; The Renaissance Singers of Blackburn Cathedral; and Sovereign Singers.

Wells Junior Choir is welcoming new members

Wells Junior Choir is open to all children in school years 3 to 6 (inclusive), who attend any school. It’s great fun and there is no need to audition. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays in term time from 5.00pm-6.00pm, in the Education Room at Wells Cathedral. For more information, please email Tricia [email protected]

Free Lunchtime Organ Recital

Manuel Torregrosa Valero of Mercia Cathedral, Spain, will give a lunchtime organ recital on Thursday 8 September from 1.05pm-1.40pm. Entry is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.

Early Music Wells: Back Cello Suites by Candlelight

On Saturday 17 September at 7pm, Luise Buchberger (Co-Principal Cello of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) will perform some of the most beautiful music ever written for the cello, in the candlelit surroundings of Wells Cathedral. The programme will be Suites No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007; No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010; and No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011. Tickets, at £12, are available in advance and on the door. Proceeds will support the work of the Cathedral.

Bach’s Complete Organ Works

The eleventh recital surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach, played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers), will take place on Thursday 22 September from 1.05 – 1.40pm. The programme will be Prelude in A minor, BWV 569; Kleines harmonisches Labyrinth, BWV 591; Chorale Preludes – Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 706; Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWVs 709, 726; Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720; Ach Gott, von Himmel sieh’ darein, BWV 741; Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543. Admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.

Be a Chorister for a Day

Our next Be a Chorister for a Day event will take place on Saturday 8 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 sing 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.

There are still some boys’ places available, and there is a waiting list for girls. 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 [email protected] , or telephone 01749 674483. Places are limited so please register early.

new music wells

forty years of music: a celebration
Sunday 16 – Thursday 20 October

Wells Cathedral is preparing to celebrate its ninth annual festival of new music: new music wells 76-16, to be held from Sunday 16 – Thursday 20 October 2016.

Building on the success of previous years, all music during the Cathedral’s services and at three special concerts will be selected from repertoire written over the last 40 years.

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.