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Free Lunchtime Organ Recital

James Thomas, Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, will give a lunchtime organ recital on Thursday 13 October from 1.05pm-1.40pm. Entry is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.

Be a Chorister for a Day

Our 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.

Innovative Festival at Wells Cathedral in its ninth year

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forty years of music: a celebration

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 David Bednall, Francis Jackson, and Judith Weir. Admission to all three performances is free, with retiring collections to support Wells Cathedral Music.

Diocesan Evensong Visit

The Vicars Choral and Boy Choristers will sing Evensong in the Parish Church of St John in Glastonbury at 3pm on Sunday 9 October. For those staying in Wells, the Girl Choristers will sing Evensong in the Cathedral that afternoon.

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 during term time from 5.00pm-6.00pm, in the Education Room at Wells Cathedral. For more information, please contact Tricia via: [email protected]