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Singing in Christian Unity

As part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Downside Schola Cantorum and Monks will sing Vespers at the Cathedral at 5pm on Friday 20 January, in place of Evensong. On Sunday 22 January, the girl choristers and Vicars Choral will visit Downside to sing Evensong at 3pm. The boy choristers will remain in Wells to sing Evensong at the Cathedral.

Music in Wells 2017

The ‘Music in Wells 2017′ leaflet, which has details of all of the concerts and recitals taking place in Wells Cathedral in 2017, is now available in the Cathedral. You may also download it by visiting our website.

Prom Concerts

In January you can come and experience the mediaeval Nave as it would have been originally – that is, without chairs! Every year the chairs are removed for cleaning and for the series of Promenade Concerts, which allow concert goers to wander around the wonderful space as music fills the building. Please see the new Music in Wells 2017 leaflet or below for a list of the Promenade Concerts.

Concerts in January:

Thursday 12 January 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Peter Dyke (Assistant Director of Music, Hereford Cathedral)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

 

Friday 13 January 7.00pm

PROMENADE CONCERT: TALLIS VOICES

Peter Leech (conductor)

Death and Resurrection: Renaissance and early Baroque choral music by Monteverdi and others, exploring the Easter story

Tickets: £10.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, at the door, or by post from Dr C.R. Lovell, Green Farm Cottage, The Green, Farmborough, Bath, BA2 0BA, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope

In aid of the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust (wcct.co.uk)

 

Sunday 15 January 4.30 – 5.30pm (in the Quire)

ORGAN RECITAL: MESSIAEN MEDITATION (I)

Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral) and Prebendary Elsa van der Zee (reader) give the annual performance of Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur (The Birth of our Lord) in the first of three Messiaen organ meditations in 2017. Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

 

Tuesday 24 January 7.00pm

PROMENADE CONCERT: WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL

In celebration and recognition of 75 years of the iconic radio programme, Desert Island Discs, the brass and percussion staff at Wells Cathedral School chose their all-time favourite works for brass and percussion for the students to study and perform

Tickets: £8.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door

In aid of Wells Cathedral

 

Wednesday 25 January 7.00pm

PROMENADE CONCERT: WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL

Wind Kaleidoscope: an eclectic programme of ensembles demonstrating the rich variety of colours in the Wind Department and beyond

Tickets: £8.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door

 

Thursday 26 January 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

BACH COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS: RECITAL 13

The thirteenth in the bi-monthly series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach over six years – this year featuring the Neumeister Chorale Preludes, alongside the ‘free’ organ works – played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral): Fugue in G major, BWV 576; Trio Sonata in C minor, BWV 526; Chorale Preludes from the Neumeister Collection

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

 

Thursday 26 January 7.00pm

PROMENADE CONCERT: OPUS ANGLICANUM

Annual concert of mediaeval cathedral chant – Vespers sung in the Quire, followed by music for the ceremony of the blessing of candles and the procession; joined by the Cathedral servers with candles and incense, a feature of this popular concert is that the audience is welcome to accompany the singers as they move around the Cathedral

Tickets: £10.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door