Free Lunchtime Organ Recital
Thursday 11 October from 1.05pm-1.40pm (in the Quire)
Martin Patzlaff of the Kultur Institut Rossignol, Westerwald, Germany
Admission: free. Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music
Be a Chorister for a Day
Our annual Be a Chorister for a Day event will take place on Saturday 13 October from 11.00am-5.00pm, and includes singing games, learning about the Cathedral, and finding out what a Chorister really does. Lunch is provided, and at the end of the day the children take part in Evensong with the Cathedral Choir. In the afternoon parents can take a tour of Wells Cathedral School, and have afternoon tea in Vicars’ Hall before Evensong.
If you know a child who will be aged between 7 and 9 on this date and would like to take part, please send your contact details to Melanie Lawlor in the Music Office by emailing: email@example.com, or telephone 01749 674483. Places are limited, so please register early.
Vacancies for Choristers
Do you know a boy or girl in school year 4, 5, or 6 from September who would like to be a chorister at Wells Cathedral? We currently have vacancies. To find out more about auditioning for the choir, please contact the Admissions team at Wells Cathedral School via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01749 834213.
Innovative Festival at Wells Cathedral celebrates its tenth anniversary
new music wells
forty years of music: a celebration
This year is the tenth anniversary of new music wells – our festival which celebrates the past 40 years of music as well as premiering several new works.
new music wells 78-18, will be held from Friday 12-Thursday 18 October 2018 and all music during the Cathedral’s services and at five special concerts will be selected from repertoire written over the last 40 years.
This year’s Composer-in-Residence is Diana Burrell, who celebrates her 70th birthday this year. Works by Diana throughout the week include a work for trumpet and organ (lunchtime recital on the Friday, given by Oliver Chubb and David Bednall); a world premiere of an anthem commissioned by the Cranmer Anthem Book (during Evensong on Sunday 14 October); a concert of her instrumental and chamber works (lunchtime on Wednesday 17 October, with Wells Cathedral School New Music Ensemble); and her new anthem, Sing alleluia forth in duteous praise, which has been funded by the Cathedral Commissions scheme and will receive its first performance at Thursday’s Festal Evensong. She will also be in conversation with Lord (Michael) Berkeley CBE (presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions; Wednesday at 2.30pm in the Quilter Hall at Wells Cathedral School) and will be giving a composition masterclass at Cedars Hall at 2.00pm on the Thursday.
The festival also features four other lunchtime concerts, as detailed in the Music in Wells leaflet, a world premiere of a new bellringing method named new music wells 78-18 little bob caters, world premieres of new works by Michael Berkeley CBE, Kerensa Briggs, William Drakett, and Wells Cathedral School composition students Rebecca Farthing and Thomas Nettle, and renowned organist David Bednall will create music on the spot as he improvises the accompaniment to the classic silent movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame (on the Wednesday evening at 7.30pm).
Look out for the forthcoming brochure, which will have full details of all events.
We hope you can join us for the services, and also the lunchtime concerts and special events listed below:
All 1.05-1.50pm in the North Transept, with free admission and retiring collections in aid of Wells Cathedral Music:
Friday 12 October NEW MUSIC WELLS: TRUMPETWORKS
Part of the new music wells 78-18 festival, given by Oliver Chubb (trumpet), accompanied by David Bednall (organ)
Monday 15 October NEW MUSIC WELLS: PIANOWORKS
Part of the new music wells 78-18 festival, given by specialist pianists from Wells Cathedral School
Tuesday 16 October NEW MUSIC WELLS: CHAMBERWORKS
Part of the new music wells 78-18 festival, given by Wells Cathedral School’s New Music Ensemble, featuring compositions by student composers
Wednesday 17 October NEW MUSIC WELLS: CHAMBERWORKS
Part of the new music wells 78-18 festival, given by Wells Cathedral School’s New Music Ensemble, featuring compositions by this year’s featured composer, Diana Burrell
Thursday 18 October NEW MUSIC WELLS: ORGANWORKS
Jeremy Cole (Assistant Organist, Wells Cathedral) performs a recital of organ music for new music wells 78-18, including works by Michael Berkeley CBE (in his 70th birthday year), Judith Bingham, Barnaby Martin, and Tarik O’Regan (in his 40th birthday year)
Sunday 14 October, Post-Evensong
NEW MUSIC BELLS!
After Evensong on Sunday 14 October, the Cathedral bell ringers will perform a World Premiere of a new bellringing method. It will be named “new music wells 78-18 little bob caters”. The little bob is the class of method, and caters refers to nine bells in changes. The tenor will ring last the whole time.
Wednesday 17 October 2.30 – 3.30pm (in Quilter Hall, Wells Cathedral School)
NEW MUSIC WELLS: COMPOSER CONVERSATIONS WITH MICHAEL BERKELEY
A fascinating insight into the compositional world of this year’s new music wells Composer-in-Residence, Diana Burrell, in conversation with fellow composer Michael Berkeley CBE (Lord Berkeley of Knighton) – presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions – with an opportunity for questions from the audience
Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music
Wednesday 17 October 7.30pm
NEW MUSIC WELLS: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Hear David Bednall – one of Europe’s finest improvisers on the organ – create new music on the spot, through his accompaniment of this classic silent movie in the vast space of Wells Cathedral
Tickets: £10.00 – £20.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, and at the door
In aid of Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust (wcct.co.uk)
Thursday 18 October 2.00 – 4.00pm (in Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School)
NEW MUSIC WELLS: COMPOSITION MASTERCLASS
This year’s new music wells Composer-in-Residence, Diana Burrell, gives a composition masterclass as part of the festival, working with students from Wells Cathedral School
Date: Friday 12 October
Composer/work: Thomas Nettle new work (composer at Wells Cathedral School)
Date: Sunday 14 October
Composer/work: Michael Berkeley CBE Missa ‘O sacrum convivium’
Date: Sunday 14 October
Composer/work: Michael Berkeley CBE O sacrum convivium (motet)
Date: Sunday 14 October
Composer/work: Diana Burrell Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord
Date: Monday 15 October
Composer/work: Kerensa Briggs Save us, O Lord
Date: Tuesday 16 October
Composer/work: Rebecca Farthing new work (composer at Wells Cathedral School)
Date: Wednesday 17 October
Composer/work: William Drakett The Wells Service (Alternative Canticles)
Date: Thursday 18 October
Composer/work: Diana Burrell Sing Alleluia forth in duteous praise