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New Wells Cathedral Choir recording of works by Gary Davison

We are pleased to announce that Wells Cathedral Choir’s new CD of works by renowned American composer, Gary Davison, is now available. Awake, my Soul is the second recording that the cathedral choir has made by Davison. All the tracks are first recordings of pieces written for and premiered by Wells Cathedral Choir, including Davison’s setting of the Requiem Mass. Alongside the choir are Philip Dukes (viola), Rachael Lloyd (mezzo-soprano), and David Bednall (organ).

This very special disc is available from the Cathedral Music Office and Cathedral Shops. For a limited time it will be available at the special price of £10.

As part of a special deal, if you buy a copy of the new Davison CD for £10 you can purchase a copy of the choir’s CD of works by John Joubert for only £5!

Distinguished composer Thea Musgrave, CBE, to visit Wells for two world premieres

On Sunday 24 June 2018 we will welcome Thea Musgrave, CBE, to Wells for the first performance of two brand new pieces of music. Musgrave, who in 2018 is celebrating her 90th birthday, is a Scottish-American considered one of the most respected and exciting contemporary composers in the Western world.

Her Missa Brevis, funded by the Cathedral Commissions scheme (, will be sung at the 9.45am Cathedral Eucharist.

At the 3.00pm Evensong service there will be the first performance of Collect for the Birth of John the Baptist – part of the Cranmer Anthem Book.

Vacancies for choristers

Do you know a boy or girl currently in school year 3, 4, or 5 who would like to be a chorister at Wells Cathedral? We currently have vacancies. To find out more about auditioning for our world-famous choir, please contact Cindy Valuto at Wells Cathedral School via or 01749 834213.

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:, or telephone 01749 674483. Places are limited, so please register early.

Celebrating choirs and music across the Diocese

On Saturday 23 June the Cathedral will host the annual Diocesan Choral Association Festival Evensong service. Please join us at 5.15pm when choirs from across the Diocese will sing Evensong in the Nave alongside the Cathedral Choir.

BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong Broadcast

Once again BBC Radio 3 will broadcast Evensong live from Wells Cathedral. On Wednesday 4 July, Evensong will move to the earlier time of 3.30pm to coincide with the station’s weekly broadcast. The service will be sung by the choristers and Vicars Choral. Those wishing to join the service need to be seated by 3.15pm, in the Nave.

Change of Date

Please note that the Bach Lunchtime Organ Recital by Matthew Owens scheduled for Thursday 5 July will now take place on Thursday 28 June.

Forthcoming Concerts & Recitals:


Thursday 24 May, 1.05 – 1.35pm (in the Quire)


Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral) and Prebendary Elsa van der Zee (reader) give the annual performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Messe de la Pentecôte in the third of this year’s Messiaen meditations

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

Thursday 7 June, 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)


Anthony Hammond (Concert Organist)

Admission: free.  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

Friday 8 June, 7.30 – 8.40pm (in the Quire)


Early Music Wells welcomes one of the world’s finest string quartets, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, playing on period instruments, in a programme which will include Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 ‘Death and the Maiden’ in the beautiful candlelit surroundings of Wells Cathedral Quire

Tickets: £12.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office on 01749 672773, and at the door

Thursday 28 June, 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)


The twenty-second of the bi-monthly series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach over six years, played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral).

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music