On Sunday 4 December the choristers will sing in the Market Square as part of the Wells Reindeer Parade, organised by the Rotary Club, in aid of the Somerset Air Ambulance. Please come along and support them if you can. We expect them to sing from about 1.45pm. They will be wearing festive reindeer antlers with their cassocks, as will Mr Owens!
The annual, and very popular, Candlelight Christmas Concerts will take place on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 December at 7pm. On both nights the Cathedral will be lit by thousands of candles whilst the choir performs beautiful festive pieces. Please note that tickets are SOLD OUT for both nights.
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 – Thursday 22 and Friday 23 December. Both services will start at 6pm. There will be plenty of congregational carols, as well as beautiful singing from the Cathedral’s Great 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 5pm.
New Christmas CD!
The new Christmas CD from Wells Cathedral Choir is now available from the Wells Cathedral shops. A Wells Christmas 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. 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 [email protected] (P&P charges will apply). Only the proceeds from CDs purchased from the Cathedral shops will support the Choir and Cathedral.
New Name for Flourishing Choir
The Wells Junior Choir, which is increasing in size weekly, has re-branded itself with a new name. Now called Wells Cathedral Song Squad, the choir meets every Tuesday during term time for fun rehearsals from 5.00pm-6.00pm, in the Education Room at Wells Cathedral with its leader, Tricia Rees-Jones.
Under Tricia’s leadership and with more children joining up, the choir has been able to sign-up for some exciting concerts over the Christmas period.
On Sunday 11 December they will join The Swan Singers chamber choir at St Cuthbert’s Church at 3pm for a feast of Christmas music including Cecilia McDowall’s Christus Natus Est, and plenty of congregational singing.
Finally, we are very pleased to announce that the Wells Cathedral Song Squad will sing at the Cathedral’s Crib Services on 24 December (held at 2pm and 3.15pm), which they are really looking forward to! On the horizon for the rest of this academic year are a Cathedral Evensong with the girl choristers, a concert in Vicars’ Hall, and the chance to do an Evensong on their own.
Look out for a new logo, a new uniform, and lots of great singing. If you would like more information about the choir, please contact Tricia Rees-Jones on 01749 330160 or [email protected].
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, will be available in the Cathedral from 20 December. You may also download it by visiting our website from mid-December.