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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: musicoffice@wellscathedral.uk.net, 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 admissions@wells-cathedral-school.com 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:

LUNCHTIME CONCERTS

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)

SPECIAL EVENTS

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

Admission: free

FIRST PERFORMANCES

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