Established in 2006, Cathedral Commissions is a scheme run by Wells Cathedral to raise funds for the commissioning of new works from some of today’s most exciting composers, and to share the thrill of commissioning with as many people as possible. The scheme is open to anyone and is a rewarding and enjoyable way to support living composers, the glorious English choral tradition, and the Choir of Wells Cathedral.
As well as performing music from the Renaissance through to the twentieth century, the choir excels at performing new music within Cathedral services. The commissioning of adventurous and innovative repertoire engages people in Wells Cathedral, in the wider English choral tradition, and in the concert hall.
Cathedral Commissions enables Wells Cathedral to commission a greater number of pieces from more composers than would otherwise be possible with existing funds. Our Commissioners provide the essential financial support for a new piece of music to be brought into being.
Each new piece of music requires a group of Cathedral Commissioners to donate ‘Commission Units’ in multiples of £120. These can be donated for a particular composer (by contacting the Administrator) or you can let Cathedral Commissions choose a composer for you. Payments can either be made in one sum or by monthly instalments by Standing Order.
As a Cathedral Commissioner you have the following privileges:
To become a Commissioner please download and print the attached form:
Or for more information please contact: The Administrator, Cathedral Commissions, Wells Cathedral Music Office, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE.