new music wells
The new music wells festival takes place in May or June each year.
Founded in 2008 by Matthew Owens, Organist & Master of the Choristers, this innovative festival is a retrospective of sacred choral and organ music of the previous forty years during all services, together with world premiere performances by Wells Cathedral Choir and Organists of music by internationally renowned composers, and composition students from Wells Cathedral School. There are also concerts and a public masterclass with the featured composer of the year.
new music wells 74-14 will take place from Monday 12 – Sunday 18 May 2014. The featured composer will be Sir John Tavener, and the festival will include new works by Brian Chapple and Ronald Corp.
Composers whose new work has been premiered at new music wells festivals include:
new music wells 68-08
Richard Allain, David Bednall, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE, Robin Walker, Paul Zaba
new music wells 69-09
Jonathan Dove, Gabriel Jackson, James MacMillan CBE, Iain Quinn (USA)
new music wells 70-10
Judith Bingham, Gary Davison (USA), Timothy Noon, Jeremy Woodside (New Zealand)
new music wells 71-11
Elizabeth Edwards, Howard Skempton, and Philip Wilby
new music wells 72-12
Jonathan Dove, Philip Moore, Owain Park, and Howard Skempton