Friends’ Festival Weekend celebrated in style

Friends’ Festival Weekend celebrated in style

9–11 June 2023

Friends from near and far gathered in Wells last weekend to celebrate 90 years since the founding of the Friends of Wells Cathedral.

On Friday 9 June, the Nave resonated with a ‘Wells Night at the Proms’ concert of choral and organ classics—with plenty of audience participation to boot (pictured).  The concert was staged in collaboration with the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society and the Cathedral’s Music Department, and proceeds the proceeds will be added to the Friends’ Grand Organ Appeal.

On Saturday 10, Friends enjoy special interest tours in and around the Cathedral, as well as coming together for their Annual General Meeting.  The day began with an address by the Rt Revd Michael Beasley, Bishop of Bath and Wells and Patron of the Friends.

Bishop Michael also spoke the same evening at an anniversary dinner in the nearby  Swan Hotel, offering a wonderful insight into his part in the Coronation of King Charles III.

The weekend came to a joyous close with the Cathedral Eucharist and Choral Evensong on Sunday 11 June, between which the Friends’ hosted celebratory drinks for the Cathedral congregation in the Camery Garden (pictured).

William Newton Newey, Secretary to the Friends of Wells Cathedral

(Friday 9 June 2023) Flags and Festivities at the Wells Night at the Proms concert!

(Sunday 11 June 2023) Celebratory drinks in the Camery Garden to mark 90 years of the Friends of Wells Cathedral.

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