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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 19 January, in place of Evensong. On Sunday 21 January, the Boy Choristers and Vicars Choral will visit Downside to sing Evensong at 3.00pm. The Girl Choristers will remain in Wells to sing Evensong at the Cathedral.

Music in Wells 2018

The Music in Wells 2018 leaflet, which has details of concerts and recitals taking place in Wells Cathedral in 2018, is now available in the Cathedral. You may also download here via this link.

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 2018 leaflet or below for a list of the Promenade Concerts.

Concerts in January:

Tuesday 16 January 1.05 – 2.05pm (in the Quire)

ORGAN RECITAL: MESSIAEN MEDITATION (I)

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) in the first of three Messiaen organ meditations in 2018. Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

Thursday 18 January 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Joshua Stephens (Senior Organ Scholar, Wells Cathedral)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

Friday 19 January 7.00pm

PROMENADE CONCERT: TALLIS VOICES

Peter Leech (conductor)

Following the Star: a promenade concert of a Capella music from the renaissance and early baroque periods, celebrating the feat of the Epiphany

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 23 January 7.00pm

PROMENADE CONCERT: WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL

In recognition of the rich history of music and storytelling, the brass and percussion students perform a tapestry of music inspired by folk music and folklore

Tickets: £8.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door

In aid of Wells Cathedral Music

Wednesday 24 January 7.00pm

PROMENADE CONCERT: WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL

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

Tickets: £8.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door

Thursday 25 January 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

BACH COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS: RECITAL 19

The nineteenth of the bi-monthly series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach over six years – this year featuring chorales from Das Orgelbüchlein (The Little Organ Book), alongside the ‘free’ organ works – played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral): Prelude in C, BWV 943; Fugue in C (on a theme of Albinoni), BWV 946; Chorale Preludes from Das Orgelbüchlein

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

Thursday 26 January 7.00pm

PROMENADE CONCERT: OPUS ANGLICANUM

A concert of mediaeval cathedral chant – Vespers sung in the Quire, followed by music for the ceremony of the blessing of candles and procession

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

Tuesday 30 January 7.00pm

PROMENADE CONCERT: ARVO PÄRT – SARAH WAS NINETY YEARS OLD

Back by popular demand, a replay of the 2017 “Minimalists and Mystics” programme including: Arvo Pärt Sarah was ninety years old; Arvo Pärt Annum per annum; Howard Skempton O Life!;  Howard Skempton Upon my lap the sovereign sits; Arvo Pärt My heart’s in the highlands. Ali Darragh (soprano), Iain MacLeod Jones (tenor), Daniel Watt (percussion, courtesy of Wells Cathedral School), Matthew Owens (organ)

Tickets: £8.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door

In aid of Wells Cathedral Music