Festival of the Moon 2021

Festival of the Moon 2021

12 October – 3 November 2021
Welcome to the home of Wells Cathedral’s Festival of the Moon 2021 – a fantastic constellation of events surrounding Luke Jerram’s touring artwork: Museum of the Moon.


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The Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by Luke Jerram. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. 
The Museum of the Moon will be presented in Wells Cathedral from 12 October – 3 November 2021, and will be accompanied by a constellation of events culminating in the Festival of the Moon

Helen Sharman at Wells Cathedral’s Festival of the Moon

Wednesday 13 October 2021 | 7.30pm


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Tickets: £25 – £40

Helen Sharman is a pioneer, a role model, a superb communicator and a world-class inspirational speaker. She became the first British Astronaut in May 1991, aged 27, when she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

She spent 8 days orbiting the Earth, living and working on the Mir Space Station (*in the modern Russian language, “Mir” can be translated as “peace” or “world”.) Helen celebrates her 30th Anniversary in May 2021.

A superb speaker, Helen enthuses her audience about Space, STEM and the wonders of science. She brilliantly describes the meticulous training and preparation, learning Russian, launch and landing, how weightlessness feels, her science experiments, the team spirit, and readjusting to life on Earth.

A Grand Day Out with the Cathedral Choristers and Captain Noah!

Thursday 14 October 2021 | 7pm


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Tickets: Adults £10, Children £5 (family tickets available)

Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo
We all know how beautifully the choristers sing for the daily services but here’s a chance to hear them singing something quite different! Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo was written and composed towards the end of 1970. The work is a light-hearted oratorio on the Noah story and the musical style is unashamedly eclectic, giving our choristers a chance to show you truly how versatile they are!

Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out

Wallace and Gromit enjoy a day out with a difference when a quest to find cheese prompts a visit to the moon. Despite a few hiccups with their homemade rocket, the duo makes a successful lunar landing, arriving just in time for lunch. But a strange, mechanical being isn’t too happy to see Wallace eating slices of moon cheese…

Fairport Convention live at Wells Cathedral

Saturday 16 October 2021 | 7.30pm


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Tickets: £20 – £35

Fairport Convention has been entertaining music lovers for over half a century. During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes. But one thing has remained the same -Fairport’s passion for performance.

Their concert at Wells Cathedral during the Festival of the Moon presents a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including their latest album ‘Shuffle & Go’ which was released in 2020.

Come and marvel at the incredible passion and talent of Fairport Convention this autumn at Wells Cathedral’s Festival of the Moon.

The London Handel Players live at Wells Cathedral

Friday 22 October 2021 | 7pm


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Tickets: £20 – £40

The London Handel Players is a world class ensemble bringing together leading period-instrument specialists in the field of baroque chamber music.

Praised by the New York Times for their “soulful depth” and their “consummate skill and musicianship”, the London Handel Players captivate audiences across the world with their performances and recordings. From the smallest forces (duos, trios and quartets) their ensemble expands to flute/recorder with strings and harpsichord (larger-scale chamber works and concertos) to present a vast repertoire of gems from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Visit Wells Cathedral and hear the acclaimed London Handel Players perform in the shadow of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon.

Echoes of Ellington Orchestra live at Wells Cathedral

Saturday 23 October 2021 | 7.30pm


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Tickets: £20 – £35

The Echoes Of Ellington was first formed in 1994 to celebrate the music of Edward Ellington, and to bring it by live performance to a modern audience. Jazz enthusiasts the length and breadth of the nation, and later on in Europe and the United States were amazed by the group’s ability to get inside the scores and really bring out the Ellington flavour.

The show is conducted and presented by clarinettist Peter Long, who over the years has built a reputation as the pre-eminent big band frontman in the United Kingdom today. As well as keeping you entertained with the music, he will ensure that you leave the show with a little more background information than you were expecting, heightening the experience of hearing the music by understanding.

Wells Theatre Festival presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Tuesday 26 – Wednesday 28 October 2021 | 7pm


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Tickets: £10 – £20

Wells Theatre Festival is back with its hugely popular Community Theatre production, directed by a professional creative team but cast entirely from the residents of Wells and surrounding area. This year’s production – A Midsummer Night’s Dream will performed inside the Cathedral as part of The Festival of the Moon for three nights: Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 October.

Complementing the current Wells Literary, Arts, Comedy and Food festivals, the Wells Theatre Festival aims to attract a theatre-going public of all ages, whilst also encouraging young people to participate in theatre practice. Oscar winning actress, Dame Judi Dench and renowned director, Sir Richard Eyre are patrons for the festival.

Patricia Routledge and Piers Lane in Admission: One Shilling

Friday 29 October 2021 | 7pm


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Tickets: £25 – £70

Admission: One Shilling was first performed by Patricia Routledge and Piers Lane in 2009 as part of the annual Dame Myra Hess Day at London’s National Gallery.  Through spoken word punctuated with piano music by Brahms, Schubert, Chopin and more, this acclaimed production, written by Nigel Hess, tells the extraordinary and inspiring story of the famous lunchtime concerts which took place at the Gallery throughout the Second World War

Enjoy this wonderful production in the shadow of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon at Wells Cathedral this autumn.

Darkside: The Pink Floyd Show at Wells Cathedral

Saturday 30 October 2021 | 7.30pm


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Tickets: £20 – £35

If you have a seven-metre replica of the moon suspended in Wells Cathedral, what better accompaniment would there be than a live performance of Pink Floyd’s epic The Dark Side of the Moon plus other great Floyd songs? This is precisely what you can expect in Wells Cathedral on Saturday 30 October 2021, and it promises to be a stunning show. Darkside, the Pink Floyd Show has worked together with Wells Cathedral and The Museum of the Moon to bring this spectacular to life.

You can expect an excellent live musical performance, lighting & laser show and unique projections in a show that will last approximately 3 hours including interval. It will also include The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety.

Sanctus in concert at Wells Cathedral

Monday 1 November 2021 | 7.30pm


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Tickets: £10 – £20

Wells Cathedral is thrilled to welcome back Dominic Beeton and Ian Close to perform under Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon this Autumn.

Seasoned session musician and saxophonist, Ian Close and film and TV composer, Dominic Beeton will be performing a full programme from their Sanctus Project. Ian has faithfully transcribed the vocal lines from early sacred music of the 12th and 13th Century and – supported by Dominic on pump organ, harmonium, shruti box and percussion instruments – has created an album called Sanctus. The result is a deeply spiritual and meditative experience whose natural home is the Cathedrals, Abbeys and Churches of Europe. Ian and Dominic have been touring with this album since January this year to critical acclaim.

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