The choir has toured extensively both in the UK and abroad and in December 2015, in its short break between the end of term and the Christmas rehearsals and services, Wells Cathedral Choir embarked on a tour to The Netherlands.
After a successful trip in 2010, the Choir was invited to return to The Hague to sing, once again, in three Christmas concerts with the Orchestra of Koninklijk Conservatorium (Royal Conservatoire of The Hague). Dutch Government Ministers and CEOs from all over mainland Europe attended the third of the three concerts, which are all sponsored by Siemens. They took place in the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), which was built in 1649.
Photo Credit: Jacinth Latta. Wells Cathedral Choir Tour of The Netherlands, in rehearsal.
The music included John Rutter’s Magnificat, and various traditional Christmas Carols alongside some newer Christmas pieces. There was also an English-themed orchestral medley, which included everything from the James Bond theme to Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory. The concert was recorded for Dutch TV and will be broadcast on Christmas Day. In 2014 it was the most-watched programme on the channel in the whole year.
Siemens (The Netherlands) very generously sponsored the entire tour, and arranged a social programme in between rehearsals, which included trips for the choristers, and a visit to the Mauritshuis Museum for the adults (the home to many Dutch Masters, including The Girl with the Pearl Earring).
Head Girl Chorister, Astrid, said, “The choir tour to The Hague was amazing. We did some really fun activities such as going to Madurodam, a model city, and having a walking tour. The concerts were really enjoyable and it was fabulous to sing with the orchestra. We made some really good friends along the way.”
Wells Cathedral Choir, Wells Cathedral School, and the Conservatoire in The Hague have built a friendly link, which included a visit, by the Orchestra, to Wells in March 2013. The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, provides higher education in music and dance. King William I founded it in 1826, making it the oldest conservatoire in the Netherlands.
In 2012 undertook an exciting tour to Hong Kong and Beijing.
Recent tours have taken place to Paris (2006) where it gave three concerts and sang Mass to over 3000 people in Notre-Dame Cathedral, the North West of England (2008), Germany (2009), the Netherlands (December 2010) at the invitation of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, officially sponsored by Siemens Nederland) and Inverness (July 2011).