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First performances of new music at Wells Cathedral

Several brand-new pieces of music will be performed for the first time over the coming weeks. We hope you can join us to hear them:

Sunday 9 December, 11.30am Matins and 3.00pm Evensong

John Joubert  Blessed Lord, who has called all holy scriptures to be written

Thursday 20 and Friday 21 December, 7.00pm Candlelight Concerts

Lesley-Jane Rogers  Highly favoured lady

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December, 6.00pm Cathedral Carol Services

Daniel J. Knaggs  Ave Maria No. 14 – Regina angelorum

Christmas day, Tuesday 25 December, 9.30am Cathedral Eucharist

Robin Walker  Make we joy

Candlelight Concerts

The annual, and very popular, Candlelight Christmas Concerts will take place on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 December at 7.00pm. On both nights the Cathedral will be lit by thousands of candles whilst the choir performs beautiful festive pieces. A truly magical occasion, the concerts sell-out in advance. Tickets are available from the Wells Cathedral Box Office (01749 672773).

Cathedral Carol Services

The Cathedral’s Carol Services, previously named by Classic fm magazine as the ‘Top choice’ in the South West, will take place on two days this year – Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December. Both services will start at 6.00pm. There will be plenty of congregational carols, as well as beautiful singing from the Cathedral Choir, and festive readings. There is no entry charge and it is suggested people may wish to arrive early as it is very popular. The doors open at 5.00pm.

Singing in Christian Unity

As part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Downside Schola Cantorum and Monks will sing Vespers at the Cathedral at 5.15pm on Friday 18 January, in place of Evensong. On Sunday 20 January, the Girl Choristers and Vicars Choral will visit Downside to sing Evensong at 3.00pm. The Boy Choristers will remain in Wells to sing Evensong at the Cathedral.

Music in Wells 2019

The ‘Music in Wells 2019’ leaflet, which has details of all of the concerts and recitals taking place in Wells Cathedral in 2019, will be available in the Cathedral from 20 December. You may also download it from that date by visiting our website.

Promenade Concerts

In January you can come and experience the mediaeval Nave as it would have been originally – that is, without chairs! Every year the chairs are removed for cleaning and for the series of Promenade Concerts, which allow concert-goers to wander around the wonderful space as music fills the building. Please see the new Music in Wells 2019 leaflet or below for a list of the Promenade Concerts.

Concerts in January:

Thursday 10 January 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Richard Tanner (Director of Music, Rugby School)

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

Friday 18 January 7.00pm

PROMENADE CONCERT: TALLIS VOICES – REGINA COELI

Peter Leech (conductor)

A promenade concert of renaissance choral music commemorating the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Tickets: £10.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, at the door, or by post from Dr C.R. Lovell, Green Farm Cottage, The Green, Farmborough, Bath, BA2 0BA, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope

In aid of the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust (wcct.co.uk)

Tuesday 22 January 7.00pm

PROMENADE CONCERT: WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL

Incidental music from opera, ballet, and staged production performed by brass and percussion students

Tickets: £10.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, and at the door

In aid of Wells Cathedral Music

Wednesday 23 January 7.00pm

PROMENADE CONCERT: WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL

The talented woodwind students perform evocative and colourful repertoire, filling the spaces of Wells Cathedral with beautiful music

Tickets: £10.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, and at the door

In aid of Wells Cathedral Music

Thursday 24 January 7.00 – 8.00pm (in the Quire)

PROMENADE CONCERT: MESSIAEN’S LA NATIVITÉ DU SEIGNEUR

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 La Nativité du Seigneur (The Birth of our Lord)

Tickets: £10.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, and at the door

In aid of Wells Cathedral Music

Friday 25 January 7.00pm

PROMENADE CONCERT: OPUS ANGLICANUM WITH JASON REBELLO

Candlemas Revisited: Opus Anglicanum return to Wells with their unique and popular performances of medieval chant, with brilliant jazz pianist Jason Rebello shedding new light on this wonderful music. The audience will be free to explore the wonderful spaces of the Cathedral while the magical chant of Candlemas fills the building

Tickets: £15.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, opusanglicanum.org, and at the door

Thursday 31 January 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

BACH COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS: RECITAL 25

The twenty-fifth in the series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach, played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral)

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

Saturday 2 February 1.05pm

A CEREMONY OF CAROLS: CHORISTERS OF WELLS CATHEDRAL CHOIR

The Choristers of Wells Cathedral Choir perform Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols in a fundraising concert for Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust

Tickets: £TBC; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, and at the door

In aid of the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust (wcct.co.uk)

Vacancies for Choristers

Do you know a boy or girl in school year 4, 5, or 6 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 admissions@wells-cathedral-school.com or 01749 834213.