Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society


The Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society (WCOS), founded in 1896, performs major works from the choral repertory with some of the country’s leading soloists and orchestral ensembles.

With around 160 voices the society gives three concerts a year under the direction of Matthew Owens, Organist and Master of the Choristers at the Cathedral. Concerts are normally in early November, December (an annual performance of Handel’s Messiah) and late March.

The society also hosts a Come and Sing day each year, normally in May, to which any singers are welcome to study and perform a work from scratch.


With a repertoire ranging from the masterpieces of the Baroque through the Classical and Romantic periods to the present day the society works with a number of specialist orchestras including: Music for Awhile, Chameleon Arts and La Folia.

Chorus rehearsals are on Monday evenings in the Cathedral from September to March and generally follow Wells Cathedral School’s term times.


Tickets to all our concerts are available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office (01749 672773) and more information about the Society can be found on the website