The annual, and very popular, Candlelight Christmas Concerts will take place on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 December at 7.00pm. On both nights the Cathedral will be lit by thousands of candles whilst the choir performs beautiful festive pieces. A truly magical occasion, the concerts generally sell-out in advance. Tickets are available from the Wells Cathedral Box Office (01749 672773).
Cathedral Carol Services
The Cathedral’s Carol Services, previously named by Classic fm magazine as the ‘Top choice’ in the South West, will take place on two days this year – Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December. Both services will start at 6.00pm. There will be plenty of congregational carols, as well as beautiful singing from the Cathedral Choir, and festive readings. There is no entry charge and it is suggested people may wish to arrive early as it is very popular. The doors open at 5.00pm.
Music in Wells 2018
The ‘Music in Wells 2018′ leaflet, which has details of all of the concerts and recitals taking place in Wells Cathedral in 2018, will be available in the Cathedral from 20 December. You may also download it by visiting our website.
Wells Cathedral Choir CDs
The latest Christmas CD from Wells Cathedral Choir, A Wells Christmas, is available in the Cathedral Shop now. Released at the end of 2016, and selected as a Classic FM Album of the Week, it features an irresistible array of 20 popular carols and more recent offerings including works by John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Kenneth Leighton, Matthew Owens, and many more.
Also available is the Cathedral Choir’s new CD of works by prolific veteran composer John Joubert. Featuring pieces commissioned for and first performed by the Cathedral Choir at Wells, this programme has at its heart the extended St Mark Passion- a profound and heartfelt retelling of the well-known passion story, the expansive Missa Wellensis, and Joubert’s vivid and powerful setting of Locus iste.
Critics have given the recording fantastic reviews, some of which are noted below:
“This is an outstanding disc. The recording is impeccable, the singing of Wells Cathedral Choir exceptional and these later works of John Joubert show a composer at the height of his creativity.”
Choir & Organ magazine
“…the girls and boys sound heavenly.”
“…a fine composition here sung by an outstanding choir.”
“Wells Cathedral Choir is recognised as one of the best and on this recording, expertly produced by Adam Binks, we can hear why.”
If you are not able to visit the Cathedral shops in person, you can order your copy by calling the shop on 01749 672773 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (P&P charges will apply). Only the proceeds from CDs purchased from the Cathedral shops will support the Choir and Cathedral.