Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society

Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society


Founded in 1896, the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society (WCOS) performs major works from the choral repertory with some of the country’s leading soloists and orchestral ensembles.

Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society (WCOS), founded in 1896, performs major works from the choral repertory with some of the country’s leading soloists and orchestral ensembles.

With around 160 voices the society gives three concerts a year, and is conducted by Jeremy Cole, the Director of Music at Wells Cathedral. . Concerts are normally in early November, December (an annual performance of Handel’s Messiah) and late March.

The society also hosts a Come and Sing day each year, normally in May, to which all are welcome to study and perform a work from scratch.

Repertoire

With a repertoire ranging from the masterpieces of the Baroque through the Classical and Romantic periods to the present day, the society works with a number of specialist orchestras including, Music for Awhile, Chameleon Arts, La Folia, the English Chamber Orchestra and the English Symphony Orchestra.

Rehearsals are on Monday evenings in the Cathedral from September through March, and generally follow Wells Cathedral School’s term times.

Contact

Tickets to all our concerts are available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office (01749 672773) and more information about the Society can be found on their website.

Listen to our Music

As a consequence of the national lockdown all public worship, tours, concerts, and other events are suspended in Wells Cathedral until Wednesday 2nd December 2020 inclusive. The Café and Shop are closed, but the Cathedral remains open for individual prayer, lighting of candles and quiet reflection. All are welcome.