Sound of Wells Weekend

Sound of Wells Weekend


Thursday 7th-Sunday 10th October 2021

A Celebration of Cathedral music, in association with Cathedral Commissions of Wells Cathedral

 

 

About Sound of Wells Weekend

Between Thursday 7 October and Sunday 10 October there will be various concerts and services which form part of the Sound of Wells Weekend. There will be lunchtime concerts on Thursday and Friday, and an orchestral Eucharist on the Sunday morning.

Sound of Wells Concert

The central point of the weekend will be a Sound of Wells Concert on Saturday 9 October at 7.00 p.m., when Wells Cathedral Choir will perform in concert with the English Chamber Orchestra and soprano Natalie Clifton-Griffith. The programme includes many favourites of the choral repertoire, including Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, Goodall’s The Lord is my shepherd, and Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, as well as a fabulous work for strings, choir, and soprano by Patrick Hawes called Song of Songs. The orchestra will delight us with J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor (played by violinist Stephanie Gonley) and Elgar’s Serenade for Strings.

This concert will be a wonderful celebration of the return of concerts at the Cathedral, given by our very own choir. Please do come and support what will be a tremendous concert – visit the Eventbrite page now to book your tickets!

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Cathedral Commissions Event

The Sound of Wells Weekend will culminate at Choral Evensong on Sunday 10th October 2021 with the world premiere of Bells, a new anthem written for Wells Cathedral Choir by David Bruce (b. 1970).

A former Composer-in-Residence of the Royal Opera House, British-American composer David Bruce’s work is widely known across both the UK and the USA, and includes commissions for Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony, amongst many others.

Bells is Bruce’s first work for choir and organ, and sets an evocative text from Poems of Felicity by the little-known 17th century poet, Thomas Traherne (1637-1674). It begins:

 

‘Hark! Hark, my Soul! The Bells do ring,
and with a louder voice
Call many Families to sing’

 

With its rhythmic vitality, sparkling organ part and incisive setting of the text, the piece captures the arresting energy of Traherne’s pealing bells; as we emerge from the relative silence of the past eighteen months, this new work is certain to form a fitting finale to a celebratory weekend of music-making.

David Bruce, Composer (b.1970)

image: K Bruce

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