What’s on in Somerset

2019


 

 

Friday 21st June 2019 at 6 pm

St James’s Church, Taunton

Nicholas Freestone       

Nicholas is Assistant Director of Music and Assistant Organist of Worcester Cathedral, where he is the principal accompanist of the Cathedral Choir and directs the cathedral’s Girls’ Choir.

Tickets

£10 for adults, £5 for under 16s

£25 for all three recitals if bought together (£10 for under 16s)

Please email tickets@stjamestaunton.co.uk with the number you require for each date. We will send you details of how to pay. If you don’t have access to email, ‘phone the church office on 01823 272931, or call in there (Tues, Wed, Fri mornings): St James Church Office, St James Street, Taunton, TA1 1JS.

Tickets may also be bought at the door –please arrive early

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Thursday 27 June 7.30pm

Wells Cathedral

WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Laetitia Amodio (piano)

Featuring Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (‘Titan’)

Tickets: £10.00 – £18.00; available from Wells Cathedral School Box Office

Please visit wells-cathedral-school.com and click on events or telephone 01749 834483

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Saturday 6 July 7.00pm

Wells Cathedral

BATH BACH CHOIR – MOZART: REQUIEM; EXULTATE JUBILATE

Southern Sinfonia, Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Nigel Perrin (conductor)

Tickets: £10.00 – £30.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, and at the door

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Thursday 11 July 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Matthew Redman (Director of Music, St John’s Church, Glastonbury)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Lunchtime Concert St John’s Church, Park Street, Taunton. TA1 4DG.
Friday 12 July,  12.45 – 1.30pm (Doors open at noon)
Taunton Festival of the Arts – TAUNTON YOUNG SINGERS

Taunton Festival of the Arts organised three competitions for young
singers during this year.   Those events produced a very high standard
and displayed a wide range of repertoire.   The prize winners will
perform at St. John’s to share some of their competition songs with
the audience. They include the first place winners Ava Fitzhugh, from
Crediton, (Taunton Young Singer), Spike Maxwell, from Milverton,
(Taunton Young Music Theatre Singer) and Esme Knight, from Taunton,
(Taunton Junior Young Singer).   There were also four days of vocal
music making in February demonstrating that Taunton Festival is
thriving.   Do come and hear for yourself the standard these young
people have achieved.

Retiring Collection in aid of Taunton Festival of the Arts and St John’s Church.

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Wells Cathedral

SOMERSET CHAMBER CHOIR – BACH: ST JOHN PASSION

Somerset Chamber Choir, The Musical and Amicable Society,

James Gilchrist (Evangelist), Sophie Gallagher (soprano), Timothy Morgan (counter-tenor), Rory Carver (tenor), Harry Thatcher (Pilate), Niall Anderson (Jesus), Richard Laing (conductor)

An unmissable concert, featuring one of the world’s foremost Evangelists and one of the finest baroque orchestras in the UK

Tickets: £10.00 – £25.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, Taunton Tourist Visitor Centre (01823 340470), somersetchamberchoir.org.uk, and at the door

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Thursday 8 August 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Barry Rose, OBE (formerly of Guildford, St Paul’s, and St Albans Cathedrals)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Lunchtime Concert St John’s Church, Park Street, Taunton. TA1 4DG.
Friday 9 August,  12.45 – 1.30pm (Doors open at noon)
Jane Anderson-Brown, Soprano Iryna Ilnytska, Mezzo soprano. Janet
Williams, Accompanist

‘SISTERS IN OPERA’

Jane and Iryna are no strangers to the operatic stage in the West
Country and elsewhere, as they have played many different roles while
working with various opera companies.  They enjoy working together at
The Red Earth Opera Company, which Jane founded with the intention of
bringing quality productions within affordable reach of people living
in Devon.  Janet enjoys supporting her daughter and her friends by
accompanying them during their concerts and rehearsals.  Find out more
about them by looking at www.redearthopera.net

“Sisters in Opera” is a selection of arias for female characters as
explored by different composers, with duets sung by sisters or
sisterly rivals. Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Rossini and Tchaikovsky have
inspired their choice of programme.

Retiring Collection in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice and St John’s Church.

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Wells Cathedral

THE SIXTEEN

Harry Christophers (conductor)

The 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. The choir’s close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission, O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on their very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in The Sixteen’s 40th anniversary year

Tickets: £15.00 – £30.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, tickets.ncem.co.uk, and at the door

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Thursday 12 September 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Colin Walsh (Organist Laureate, Lincoln Cathedral)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Friday 13 September, 12.45 – 1.30pm (Doors open at noon)
VOICES OF THE GUITAR – James Rippingale

Back by popular demand classical guitarist James Rippingale returns
with an eclectic programme of solo guitar music. Featuring pieces by
Albeniz, Brouwer, Barrios and more in a programme of music from around
the globe.  This will be a treat not to be missed! To find out more
news checkout www.jamesrippingale.co.uk

Retiring Collection in aid of Happy Landings Animal Rehabilitation
Centre and St John’s Church.

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Thursday 26 September 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

BACH COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS: RECITAL 27

The twenty-seventh of the series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Friday 27 September 7.30 – 8.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

EARLY MUSIC WELLS CONCERT

Programme to be announced

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

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Thursday 10 October 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Damin Spritzer (Assistant Professor of Organ, University of Oklahoma, USA)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Lunchtime Concert St John’s Church, Park Street, Taunton. TA1 4DG.
Friday 11 October, 12.45 – 1.30pm (Doors open at noon)
A LUNCHTIME MUSICAL MELANGE, Queen’s College Musicians

Queen’s College are delighted to return to St John’s for their annual
lunchtime concert. The musicians will be performing a wide range of
music from across the ages which will appeal to all music lovers and
provide a very entertaining and engaging programme for those looking
for musical refreshment over their lunchtime.  Come and join us for 45
minutes of musical enjoyment.

Retiring collection in aid of Compass Disability Services and St John’s Church.

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Friday 11 October 1.05 – 1.50pm (in the North Transept)

Wells Cathedral

NEW MUSIC WELLS: LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Programme to be announced

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Sat 12th October 2019 at 7.30 pm

St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Square, Taunton TA1 1SA

Father Willis Organ Renovation Celebration Gala Concert

Presented by Charlie Taylor of BBC Radio Somerset

The Augmented Choir of St Mary Magdalene Church, Members of Taunton Choral Society, Brass Ensemble, Timpani, Vocal & Instrumental soloists,  ‘New’ Father Willis

A feast of music fit for a King – featuring our newly renovated Father Willis Organ,

To include Parry’s I was glad,

Widor and Böellman Toccatas with brass,

Handel’s Zadok the Priest, The Lost Chord, etc etc..

Refreshments afterwards

Retiring Collection

 

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Saturday 12th October 2019

Wells Cathedral

Be a Chorister for a day – click below for details

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Monday 14 October 1.05 – 1.50pm (in the North Transept)

Wells Cathedral

NEW MUSIC WELLS: PIANOWORKS

Part of the new music wells 79–19 festival, given by specialist pianists from Wells Cathedral School

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Tuesday 15 October 1.05 – 1.50pm (in the North Transept)

Wells Cathedral

NEW MUSIC WELLS: LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Programme to be announced

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Tuesday 15 October 7.30pm

Wells Cathedral

NEW MUSIC WELLS: EVENING CONCERT

Programme to be announced

Tickets: £10.00 – £20.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, and at the door

In aid of Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust (wcct.co.uk)

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Wednesday 16 October 1.05 – 1.50pm (in the North Transept)

Wells Cathedral

NEW MUSIC WELLS: LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Programme to be announced

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wednesday 16 October 2.30 – 3.30pm

(in Quilter Hall, Wells Cathedral School)

NEW MUSIC WELLS: COMPOSER CONVERSATIONS WITH MICHAEL BERKELEY

A fascinating insight into the compositional world of this year’s new music wells Composer-in-Residence, Charlotte Bray, in conversation with fellow composer Michael Berkeley CBE (Lord Berkeley of Knighton) – presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions – with an opportunity for questions from the audience

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 17 October 1.05 – 1.50pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

NEW MUSIC WELLS: ORGANWORKS

Programme to be announced

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 17 October 2.00 – 4.00pm

(in Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School)

NEW MUSIC WELLS: COMPOSITION MASTERCLASS

This year’s new music wells Composer-in-Residence, Charlotte Bray, gives a composition masterclass as part of the festival, working with students from Wells Cathedral School

Admission: free

 

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Sunday 20th October 2019

St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Square, Taunton TA1 1SA

  • 3 pm Celebrity Recital by James Lancelot (formerly Director of Music & Organist of Durham Cathedral) in celebration of the recent Father Willis Organ Renovation
    • followed by afternoon tea, and then
  • 5 pm  Worship@5
    a 45-minute service featuring the organ as a symbol of unity and
    mystery, led by the Rev. Dennis Cavaghan
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Lunchtime Concert St John’s Church, Park Street, Taunton. TA1 4DG.
Friday 8 November, 12.45 – 1.30pm (Doors open at noon).
A YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SHOWCASE,  Wellington School Students

Wellington School’s high-flying Award-holders perform an inspiring
programme, celebrating musical diversity and excellence and featuring
a wide range of instruments, genres, ages and stages.

Retiring Collection in aid of the Archie Project, part of the
Reminiscence Learning Dementia Charity and St John’s Church.

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Remembrance Sunday 10 November 3.00 – 4.00pm

Wells Cathedral

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: REQUIEM

Wells Cathedral Choir, Jeremy Cole (organ), Matthew Owens (conductor)

The annual act of remembrance at Wells Cathedral

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of the Poppy Appeal and Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 14 November 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Given by students of Wells Cathedral School

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 14 November 8.00pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

VICARS CHORAL COMMEMORATION CONCERT

A candlelit concert featuring a selection of some of the finest cathedral music for men’s voices and arrangements of popular songs, performed by the highly-acclaimed Vicars Choral of Wells Cathedral Choir conducted by Jeremy Cole

Tickets: £15.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office

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Saturday 16 November 7.00pm

Wells Cathedral

WELLS CATHEDRAL ORATORIO SOCIETY

PÄRT: BERLINER MASS AND LAURIDSEN: LUX AETERNA

Matthew Owens (conductor)

Tickets: £12.00 – £28.00; available from wcos.org.uk, Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, and at the door

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Tuesday 19 November 7.30pm

Wells Cathedral

G4 CHRISTMAS

After a sell-out show in 2018, G4 Christmas returns to Wells Cathedral! Expect to hear timeless classics such as When a Child is Born, Silent Night, and All I want for Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit, all delivered up-close and personal in one of the UK’s most iconic historical venues

VIP tickets include a Meet and Greet with G4 at 6.00pm, where you will be able to chat to the boys over a glass of mulled wine, take photographs, and get autographs

Tickets: £12.50 – £79.50; available from g4official.com, Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, and at the door

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Friday 22 November 7.30 – 8.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

EARLY MUSIC WELLS CONCERT

Programme to be announced

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

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Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 3 pm (followed by tea)

St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Square, Taunton TA1 1SA

Andrew Millington (formerly Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral)

Lecture Recital on Elgar

In this lecture/recital Andrew will explore both the organ works and transcriptions of Edward Elgar, and his affinity with this music following his upbringing in the Malvern area. The talk will be illustrated using the newly renovated Father Willis organ in St Mary Magdalene Church
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Thursday 28 November 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

BACH COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS: RECITAL 28

The twenty-eighth of the series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Saturday 7 December 7.00pm

Wells Cathedral

WELLS CATHEDRAL ORATORIO SOCIETY

HANDEL: MESSIAH

Music for Awhile Orchestra (on period instruments), Matthew Owens (conductor)

Book early for Handel’s greatest Oratorio, in the annual performance from the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society and one of Europe’s finest period instrument orchestras

Tickets: £12.00 – £28.00; available from wcos.org.uk, Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, and at the door

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Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 December 7.00pm

Wells Cathedral

WELLS CATHEDRAL JUNIOR SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Jill Edmonds (musical director), Neil Johnson (speech director)

Featuring song, speech, and instrumental items

Admission: free

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Friday 13 December 7.30pm

Wells Cathedral

THE CHRISTMAS JETHRO TULL CONCERT

Ian Anderson (flute, vocals, and magic), John O’Hara (piano and organ), David Goodier (bass guitar), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums), Choristers of Wells Cathedral, and some surprise guests

Whether your Christmas is a secular affair of gift-giving and family togetherness, or an observation of one of the most important days in the Christian calendar, join us for some uplifting Christmas spirit, music, readings and maybe even a prayer or two. The programme will include some of the best-known repertoire of Jethro Tull and a few snippets of seasonal traditional church and classical music

Tickets: £15.00 – £50.00; available from Eventbrite, Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, and at the door

In aid of Wells Cathedral

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Monday 16 December 7.30pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

OPUS ANGLICANUM: MEDIAEVAL CAROLS

Opus Anglicanum present their atmospheric Christmas programme of wonderful medieval music and readings, Gregorian chant, and polyphony. Experience a candlelit journey into the spiritual heart of a medieval Christmas

Tickets: £TBC; available from opusanglicanum.org, Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, and at the door

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Thursday 19, Friday 20, and Saturday 21 December 7.00pm

Wells Cathedral

CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS CONCERTS WITH WELLS CATHEDRAL CHOIR Jeremy Cole (organ), Matthew Owens (conductor)

Early booking is advised for these highly popular concerts in which the Cathedral Choir performs seasonal music, interspersed with readings, and the Cathedral is lit by thousands of candles

Tickets: £15.00 – £30.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office from 1 May and at the door, if not sold out prior to the day; please ask about our Sponsor a Candle scheme (shop@wellscathedral.uk.net)

Proceeds from these concerts support Wells Cathedral Choir and the wider work of Wells Cathedral