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BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong Broadcast

Once again BBC Radio 3 will broadcast Evensong live from Wells Cathedral. On Wednesday 24 May, Evensong will move to the earlier time of 3.30pm to coincide with the station’s weekly broadcast. The service will be sung by the Girl Choristers and Vicars Choral. Those wishing to join the service need to be seated by 3.15pm, in the Nave.

Jeremy Cole joins Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral is delighted to be welcoming a new Assistant Organist to its Music Foundation following the appointment of Jeremy Cole.  Jeremy, who is currently the Assistant Director of Music at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, London will take up the post in September 2017.  More here.

Oscar and Theo join Genesis Sixteen

Huge congratulations to choral scholars Theo Golden (countertenor) and Oscar Golden-Lee (tenor) who have both been invited to join Genesis Sixteen from August. Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen’s free young artists’ scheme, which aims to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers. During the course of a year, a series of week-long and weekend courses are led by key figures from The Sixteen, including founder and conductor Harry Christophers and Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan. Participants receive group tuition, individual mentoring, and masterclasses run by some of the industry’s top vocal experts. To win a place with the Genesis Sixteen is a huge achievement, and shows what talented choral scholars we are blessed with here at Wells. Matthew Owens, Organist and Master of the Choristers

Vacancies for boy choristers!

Do you know a boy currently in school year 3 or 4 who would like to be a chorister at Wells Cathedral? We currently have vacancies. To find out more about auditioning for this world-famous choir, contact Cindy Valuto at Wells Cathedral School via [email protected] or 01749 834213.

Be a Chorister for a Day

Our annual Be a Chorister for a Day event will take place on Saturday 14 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 take part in 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.

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.

Upcoming Concerts:

Please see the new Music in Wells 2017 leaflet for details of Concerts throughout the year.

Ascension Day, Thursday 25 May, 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

ORGAN RECITAL: MESSIAEN MEDITATION (II)

Matthew Owens and Prebendary Elsa van der Zee (reader) give the annual performance of Olivier Messiaen’s L’Ascension (Four Symphonic Meditations for Organ) in the second of this year’s Messiaen meditations.

Admission: free. Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.

Thursday 1 June, 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Robert Gower (Rutland).

Admission: free. Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.

Thursday 8 June, 1.05 – 1.35pm (in the Quire)

ORGAN RECITAL: MESSIAEN MEDITATION (III)

Matthew Owens and Prebendary Elsa van der Zee (reader) give the annual performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Messe de la Pentecôte in the third and final of this year’s Messiaen meditations.

Admission: free. Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.

Friday 23 June, 7.30 – 8.30pm (in the Quire)

EARLY MUSIC WELLS: BACH CELLO SUITES BY CANDLELIGHT

Some of the most beautiful music ever written for the cello, in the candlelit surroundings of Wells Cathedral, with one of Europe’s leading baroque cellists, Luise Buchberger (Co-Principal Cello of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) who returns to Wells, after her sell-out concert of 2016, to perform the remaining 3 Suites: No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008; No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009; and No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012.

Tickets: £12.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door.

Thursday 6 July, 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

James Kealey (Senior Organ Scholar, Wells Cathedral).

Admission: free. Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.

(Please note, this is a change to the date published in the Music in Wells leaflet. The Bach Recital will now take place on Thursday 13 July.)