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

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new music wells 74-14 will take place from Monday 12th – Sunday 18th May 2014.

This year’s featured composer is the late Sir John Tavener whose music will be featured throughout the week, and will include the world première performances of Missa Wellensis (which will be sung during Eucharist at 9.45am on Sunday 18th May) and Preces and Responses (to be sung during Evensong at 3.00pm on Sunday 18th May).

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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