new music wells





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. The festival is very fortunate to have Judith Bingham as its President.

This year’s new music wells festival will take place from Sunday 16 – Thursday 20 October. More details to come.

new music wells 2015 took place from Sunday 11 – Thursday 15 October 2015 (inclusive). Our featured composer in 2015 was Lord Michael Berkeley CBE and his work was premiered at Evensong in the Cathedral on Thursday 15th October 2015.

Composers whose new work has been premiered at new music wells festivals include:

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Richard Allain, David Bednall, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE, Robin Walker, Paul Zaba

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Jonathan Dove, Gabriel Jackson, James MacMillan CBE, Iain Quinn (USA)

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Judith Bingham, Gary Davison (USA), Timothy Noon, Jeremy Woodside (New Zealand)

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Elizabeth Edwards, Howard Skempton, and Philip Wilby

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Jonathan Dove, Philip Moore, Owain Park, and Howard Skempton

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John Joubert, Howard Skempton and composition students from Wells Cathedral School

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Sir John Tavener