What’s on in Somerset

2020

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Wells Cathedral  Thursday 13 February 1.05pm (in the Quire)

THE TRIO SONATAS OF J.S. BACH – PART 1

James Gough (Temporary Assistant Organist, Wells Cathedral)

A complete performance, over two recitals, of J.S. Bach’s sublime and intricate Trio Sonatas

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Tuesday 10 March 7.30pm

MILLFIELD FESTIVAL CHORUS

ROSSINI: PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE

Eloise Routledge (soprano), Louise Innes (alto), William Wallace (tenor), Andrew Davies (bass), Matthew Cook(conductor)

For over 25 years, Millfield has performed major choral works in Wells Cathedral, with our School Choir combining with Millfield Chorale, our adult choral society, to form a massed Festival Chorus of 200 singers. This year, the Chorus perform Rossini’s remarkable Petite Messe Solennelle. Charming yet powerful, this work’s majesty is at times more like an opera buffa than a solemn mass. Millfield School looks forward to welcoming you to this thoroughly engaging musical masterpiece

Tickets: free of charge. To reserve, please e-mail Millfield Music School on music@millfieldschool.com

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Wells Cathedral  Thursday 12 March 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Greg Morris (St Margaret’s, Westminster)

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Thursday 19 March 1.05pm (in the Quire)

THE TRIO SONATAS OF J.S. BACH – PART 2

James Gough (Temporary Assistant Organist, Wells Cathedral)

A complete performance, over two recitals, of J.S. Bach’s sublime and intricate Trio Sonatas

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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St John’s Church, Glastonbury   BA6 9DR
Saturday 21st March 2020 – Workshop from 1.30pm

Come and Sing Stainer’s Crucifixion
(Copies available)

Celebrate Lent with this much-loved choral work – a real favourite in the English repertoire. It will be particularly exciting as this will be the first concert in the newly renovated church with the newly renovated organ!

Organist: Miles Quick  (Director of Music, St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton)
Tenor soloist: Michael Cockerham
Bass soloist: Gabriel Munns
Conductor: Matthew Redman  (Director of Music, St John’s Church Glastonbury)

1.30pm Singers arrive/register. Tea & Coffee available
1.45pm Start rehearsal
2.45pm Tea break I
3.00pm Rehearse
4.00pm Tea break II
4.15pm Final run through
5pm Break: Hot Cross buns for all! 6pm Performance

Cost: £5 (bring your own copy) or £10 (copy provided)   Dress: Dark

Please email
events.stjohnsglastonbury@gmail.com
to register interest and so we can get enough hot cross buns!

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St. Andrew’s Church, Stogursey,  Saturday 28 March 2020
A day for aspiring organists

 For the third year running, Somerset Area RSCM welcomes Rosemary Field, in her new role as Head of Organ Studies at the RSCM, to lead another day for “aspiring” organists – those who might have just started playing the organ, have reluctantly been press-ganged into playing on a Sunday morning “because you can play the piano”, or just want to improve their technique.  Last year, we had a number of new attendees, together with some from the previous year’s event who wanted a “refresher”.  Please book early – to maximize learning on the day, places will be limited.  Rosemary has recently celebrated four decades’ experience as a teacher, not least in helping students develop the skills required in playing for services, and in encouraging students of all ages.

For the first time for this event, we will be meeting at the historic Norman Priory Church of St. Andrew’s, Stogursey on the Quantock Coast, with its unique, but accessible two-manual pipe organ.

Booking.  Please contact Jerry King 01278 734777
jerry@king14.demon.co.uk
if you would like to book for this course, and he will send an application form, which asks a number of questions about your current experience and needs.  Cost £10.

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Wells Cathedral  Saturday 28 March 7.00 pm

WELLS CATHEDRAL ORATORIO SOCIETY

MOZART REQUIEM

Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society, English Symphony Orchestra, Jeremy Cole (conductor)

Programme to include Haydn’s London Symphony and Insanae et vanae curae, alongside Mozart’s monumental Requiem

Tickets: £12.00 – £28.00; available from Wells Cathedral Box Office and at the door

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Wells Cathedral  Palm Sunday 5 April 3.00pm

TAKE HIM EARTH FOR CHERISHING

A SEQUENCE OF MUSIC AND READINGS FOR HOLY WEEK

Wells Cathedral Choir, Jeremy Cole (conductor)

A devotional recital of music for Passiontide, including Howells’ Take him earth for cherishing

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Monday 6 April 7.30pm

MARCEL DUPRÉ: LE CHEMIN DE LA CROIX

Harrison Cole (Organ Scholar of Trinity College Cambridge, and former Senior Organ Scholar of Wells Cathedral) gives a performance of Dupré’s most ambitious organ work – a set of musical illustrations of the fourteen Stations of the Cross

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Good Friday 10 April 7.30pm

BATH CAMERATA

THE GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT

Benjamin Goodson (conductor)

Bath Camerata returns to Wells Cathedral to give its 33rd annual Good Friday concert. This year, Vaughan Williams’ moving Mass in G minor will form the centrepiece of this exceptional chamber choir’s programme, alongside works by Owain Park, Ben Parry, Joanna Marsh, Cheryl Frances Hoad, and Oliver Tarney. This concert is sponsored by William Haley Engineering

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Thursday 23 April 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Michał Szostak (Lichen, Poland)

Admission:  free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Friday 1 May 7.30pm (in the Quire)

THE GESUALDO SIX

MUSIC OF THE HEAVENLY SPHERES

World-class vocal ensemble, The Gesualdo Six, directed by former Senior Organ Scholar of Wells Cathedral, Owain Park, present a programme exploring cross-currents in sacred polyphony. Works by Gombert, Hildegard, Josquin, Byrd, and Donna McKevitt, alongside a fascinating work by Tim Watts which takes its inspiration from the German astronomer, Johannes Kepler

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

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

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Wells Cathedral  Saturday 2 May Time TBC

WELLS CATHEDRAL ORATORIO SOCIETY

COME AND SING DAY WITH JOHN RUTTER

World-famous composer and conductor, and Patron of Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society, John Rutter, leads a Come and Sing Day in the Nave of Wells Cathedral. Details to be released nearer the time

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Wells Cathedral  Thursday 14 May 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Julian Bewig (Santo Ángel Custodio, Valencia, Spain)

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Saturday 16 May 1.05pm

WELLS CATHEDRAL CHORISTER TRUST FUNDRAISING CONCERT

CAPTAIN NOAH AND HIS FLOATING ZOO

The Boy and Girl Choristers of Wells Cathedral perform Joseph Horovitz’s lighthearted oratorio on the Noah story. David Stevens (piano), Jeremy Cole (conductor)

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust (wcct.co.uk)

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Wells Cathedral  Thursday 4 June 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Alexander Hamilton (Organ Scholar, Westminster Abbey)

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Saturday 13 June 7.30pm (in the Camery Garden)

SUMMER SOIRÉE MUSICALE

The Vicars Choral and friends invite you to a summer evening of musical entertainment in the beautiful setting of the Camery Garden. Tickets will be released nearer the time, and will include food, drink, and some wonderful music!

Tickets: TBC

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Wells Cathedral  Thursday 2 July 7.30pm

WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

In celebration of a year of inspirational music education, Wells Cathedral School’s Symphony Orchestra perform a demanding programme of works under the directorship of visiting conductor, Chloé van Soeterstède. Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique will be the central work of the evening’s programme. This promises to be an awe-inspiring evening of music-making by talented young musicians

Tickets: £10.00 – £19.00; available via cedarshall.events or telephone 01749 834483

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Wells Cathedral  Thursday 9 July 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Paul Carr (Birmingham)

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Saturday 18 July 7.30pm

WOWFEST CHORUS & ORCHESTRA – ODE TO BEETHOVEN

WELLS ORCHESTRAL WEEKEND GALA CONCERT

Programme to include Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Admission: free, donations invited

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Wells Cathedral  Saturday 25 July 7.00pm

SOMERSET CHAMBER CHOIR – MOZART: GREAT MASS IN C MINOR

Somerset Chamber Choir, Southern Sinfonia, Katie Trethewey (soprano), Rhiannon Llewellyn (soprano), Andrew Henley (tenor), Angus McPhee (Baritone), Richard Laing (conductor)

Along with Haydn’s The Representation of Chaos from The Creation, for its annual concert, the choir performs two majestic masterpieces; Mozart’s ‘Great’ Mass in C minor and Mendelssohn’s splendid but often neglected Psalm 95. The choir is joined by one of the UK’s most distinguished chamber ensembles, Southern Sinfonia, and an exceptional line-up of young soloists

Tickets: £12.00 – £28.00; available from Wells Cathedral Box Office, Taunton Visitor Centre (01823 340470), somersetchamberchoir.org.uk, and at the door

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Wells Cathedral  Thursday 13 August 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

James Kealey (USA, formerly Senior Organ Scholar, Wells Cathedral)

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Friday 4 September 7.30pm

THE SIXTEEN – THE CHORAL PILGRIMAGE 2020

THE CALL OF ROME

Harry Christophers (conductor)

The Sixteen present some of the finest music written for the Sistine Chapel, with works by Josquin and Felice Anerio framed by Victoria’s powerful Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday, and culminating in arguably the most famous choral work of all time, Allegri’s Miserere

Tickets: £15.00 – £30.00, with 50% discount for under-35s, students, jobseekers and people living with a disability. Available from Wells Cathedral Box Office, thesixteen.com, 0333 010 2850, and at the door

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Wells Cathedral  Thursday 10 September 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Joseph Wicks (London)

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Friday 2 October 7.30pm

ORGAN EXTRAVAGANZA

A splendid line-up of organists from across the UK, including Wells Cathedral’s resident organists, come together to perform some of the most popular organ works of all time; there might also be a few surprises in store!

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

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Wells Cathedral  Thursday 8 October 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL – LOUIS VIERNE 150 CELEBRATION

David Stevens (Sub-Assistant Organist, Wells Cathedral)

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Friday 9 October 1.05pm (in the North Transept)

NEW MUSIC WELLS: LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Part of new music wells 80-20. A concert of music from the last 40 years, given by the New Music Ensemble from Wells Cathedral School

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Monday 12 October 7.30pm

ALED JONES IN CONCERT

Join Aled Jones as he embarks on a UK-wide tour, performing at many of the nation’s best-loved cathedrals

Tickets: £25.00, £30.00, and £35.00 from eventbrite.co.uk

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Wells Cathedral  Friday 23 October 7.30pm (in the Quire)

‘L’IMPATIENCE’ – A FEAST OF THE FRENCH BAROQUE

Kieran White (tenor/haute contre), Stephanie Gurga (harpsichord),

Kate Conway (viola da gamba), Cédric Meyer (lute/baroque guitar)

International young tenor and a former Wells Head Chorister, Kieran White, and his group of European early music instrumentalists invite you to a feast of French baroque music. The ‘plat principal’ will be Rameau’s virtuosic cantata L’impatience, written in c.1720 for tenor, obligato viola da gamba, and continuo. The menu will also include numerous ‘amuses bouches’, including airs de cour by Charpentier and Lambert, and instrumental music for lute, harpsichord, and viola da gamba

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

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

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Wells Cathedral  Sunday 8 November 3.00pm

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: FAURÉ REQUIEM

Wells Cathedral Choir, Wells Cathedral School Chamber Choir, Wells Cathedral School Instrumentalists, Jeremy Cole (conductor)

The annual act of remembrance at Wells Cathedral, this year featuring Fauré’s Requiem, within a devotional service

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

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Wells Cathedral  Thursday 12 November 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Organ Students from Wells Cathedral School

Admission: free  Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wells Cathedral  Thursday 12 November 8.00pm

VICARS CHORAL COMMEMORATION CONCERT

A programme of some of the finest music for men’s voices, performed by the highly-acclaimed Vicars Choral of Wells Cathedral Choir

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

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Wells Cathedral  Saturday 14 November 7.00pm

WELLS CATHEDRAL ORATORIO SOCIETY

MOZART SOLEMN VESPERS AND BEETHOVEN MASS IN C

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary Year, Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society performs his Mass in C, alongside Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, with the wonderful English Chamber Orchestra and Jeremy Cole (conductor)

Tickets: £12.00 – £28.00; available from Wells Cathedral Box Office, and at the door

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Wells Cathedral  Friday 27 November 7.30pm

G4 CHRISTMAS

Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting

After sell-out tours for the last three years, G4 return in 2020 with their biggest and best Christmas tour to date! 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

VIP tickets are available, including a pre-show Meet & Greet with G4 at 6.00pm

For wheelchair/access bookings, please email nathan@amickproductions.co.uk

Tickets: g4official.com

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Wells Cathedral  Saturday 5 December 7.00pm

WELLS CATHEDRAL ORATORIO SOCIETY: HANDEL MESSIAH

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

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

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Wells Cathedral  Monday 7 December 7.00pm

SOMERSET MUSIC

SOMERSET COUNTY SCHOOLS CELEBRATION

The annual celebration of music in Somerset Schools, including performances by school choirs and the Somerset County Youth Orchestra and Choir, as well as a grand finale in which all of the groups will come together to perform at the end of the programme

Tickets: TBC; from eventbrite.co.uk

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Wells Cathedral  Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 December 7.00pm

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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Wells Cathedral  Monday 14 December 7.30pm (in the Quire)

OPUS ANGLICANUM: MEDIAEVAL CAROLS

Opus Anglicanum return once again to Wells to present their much-loved feast of mediaeval carols and chant, performed in the magical candlelit spaces in and around the Quire, and interspersed with beautiful readings from the period. Join Opus Anglicanum as they celebrate 30 years of sublime and timeless words and music performed in Wells Cathedral

Tickets: £20.00; available from opusanglicanum.org, Wells Cathedral Box Office, and at the door

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Wells Cathedral  Saturday 19, Sunday 20, and Monday 21 December 7.00pm

CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS CONCERTS WITH WELLS CATHEDRAL CHOIR Early booking is advised for these highly popular concerts in which the Cathedral Choir performs seasonal music interspersed with readings, in the Cathedral, lit by thousands of candles. Jeremy Cole (conductor)

Tickets: £15.00 – £30.00; available from Wells Cathedral 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

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Wells Cathedral  Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 December 6.00pm

CATHEDRAL CAROL SERVICES

Join us for one of Wells Cathedral’s Carol Services, previously named by Classic fm magazine as the ‘Top choice’ in the South West. There will be plenty of congregational carols, as well as beautiful singing from the Cathedral Choir, conducted by Jeremy Cole, and festive readings. Arrive early as these services are very popular. Doors open at 5.00pm

Admission: free  With a collection in aid of Wells Cathedral