Promenade Concerts – January 2020

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.

All tickets for these concerts are available from the Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office (01749 672773) and at the door. These would be perfect Christmas presents for friends or family!

Tallis Voices – Light of the World

Friday 17 January, 7.00pm

A beautiful programme of unaccompanied choral music from the renaissance and early baroque periods, celebrating the feast of Candlemas, conducted by Peter Leech. Tickets: £10.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office (01749 672773), at the door, or by post from Dr Chris Lovell, Green Farm Cottage, The Green, Farmborough, Bath, BA2 0BA, (please enclosed s.a.e).

All proceeds in aid of the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust.

Wells Cathedral School Promenade Concerts

Tuesday 21 January, 7.00pm
The brass and percussion department takes over the Cathedral for what is always a highlight in the calendar. The full range of instruments will be featured, showcasing specialist brass and percussion musicians alongside colleagues from the woodwind department. The concert climaxes with Elgar Howarth’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s thrilling Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition

Wednesday 22 January, 7.00pm
Wells Cathedral School woodwind musicians, together with selected guests from across the whole music department, present their annual promenade concert of sound and light in the spectacular setting of Wells Cathedral. This year the programme will feature an ambitious performance of Fasch’s Royal Fireworks Music for nine each of oboes, natural trumpets, and bassoons, plus three sets of timpani.

Tickets: £10.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office (01749 672773), and at the door. In aid of Wells Cathedral Music.

Jeremy Cole – Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur
(The Birth of the Saviour)

Thursday 23 January, 7.00pm

Jeremy Cole (Director of Music) and Prebendary Elsa van der Zee (reader) give the annual performance of Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur (The Birth of Our Lord). Admisson is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music.

Opus Anglicanum – Gregorian Chant Reinvented

Friday 24 January, 7.00pm

Opus Anglicanum return to Wells to present their much-loved feast of Candlemas chant, performed in the magical candlelit setting of the chair-free Nave – but with a difference. Improviser extraordinaire Jason Rebello, at the grand piano, weaves a unique and spontaneous spell around the ancient chants. Sold out last year, now on tour!

Tickets: £20.00; available online here, via the Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office (01749 672773) and at the door.

Vicars Choral and Schola Cantorum – Sounds Antiphonal

Thursday 30 January, 7.00pm

The Vicars Choral and Schola Cantorum of Wells Cathedral perform beautiful antiphonal choral music in the hidden spaces of Wells Cathedral, taking advantage of the glorious sound-world of the Cathedral’s ancient architecture

Tickets: £15.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office (01749 672773), and at the door. Proceeds from this concert will go towards the work and mission of Wells Cathedral.