What’s on in Somerset

2019


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Thursday 21 February 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Callum Alger (St Peter’s Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Friday 22 February 7.30pm

Wells Cathedral

HIGH SHERIFF’S CONCERT

Sumorsǣte ealle: celebrating Somerset

Music, song, dance, theatre, and storytelling from across Somerset

From Porlock to Portishead, Chard to Chew Magna, Wincanton to Widcombe and everywhere in between. Join the High Sheriff of Somerset in Wells, to mark the end of his shreival year in an inspiring, moving, and unique reflection of our beautiful and diverse county

Tickets: £5.00 – £20.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office, and at the door

This event is kindly sponsored by Bath Spa University, Strode College, Wessex Water, and Lyecross Farm

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

Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Harrison Cole (Senior Organ Scholar, Wells Cathedral)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Tuesday 19 March 7.30pm

Wells Cathedral

MILLFIELD FESTIVAL CHORUS

CHARLES GOUNOD: MESSE SOLENNELLE DE SAINTE-CÉCILE –                              

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

Millfield School Choir joins with Millfield Chorale to form the Millfield Festival Chorus, continuing a twenty-year tradition of performing major choral works in Wells Cathedral. This year, the Chorus performs Gounod’s beautifully expressive and sensuous Messe Solonnelle de Sainte-Cécile

Tickets: Tickets are free of charge. To reserve, please email Millfield Music School on music@millfieldschool.com

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Thursday 21 March 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 March 2019 at 7.30 pm

St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton

TAUNTON CHORAL SOCIETY  Conducted by Ed Goater

(6.45pm for the Musical Director’s pre-concert talk “Cracking the Code”)

VIVALDI Gloria and Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera
CORELLI Concerto Grosso in G minor
JOHANN MICHAEL HAYDN Te Deum in C (for Bonaparte’s Name Day)
FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN Missa Sancti Nicolai

The soprano soloist in  Vivaldi’s Nulla in Mundo is Amy Carson, daughter
of SOCA member Ian Carson.

Ticket details at https://www.tauntonchoralsociety.org.uk/programme/
Some reviews of Amy here: –
https://www.amycarson.com/reviews/

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Saturday 30th March 7.00 pm

Wells Cathedral

WELLS CATHEDRAL ORATORIO SOCIETY

ELGAR: THE APOSTLES

Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society, English Symphony Orchestra, 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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Thursday 11 April 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Henrik Bo Hansen (Denmark)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Palm Sunday 14 April 3.00 – 4.00pm

Wells Cathedral

PHILIP WILBY: ST MATTHEW PASSION (world premiere)

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

Commissioned by Cathedral Commissions of Wells Cathedral, this major new setting of the St Matthew Passion is given its World Premiere by Wells Cathedral Choir within a service for Palm Sunday

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Good Friday 19 April 7.30pm

Wells Cathedral

BATH CAMERATA: THE GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT

Benjamin Goodson (conductor)

For the choir’s 32nd Good Friday Concert, Bath Camerata performs Bach’s Der Geist Hilft and Komm Jesu, Komm alongside James MacMillan’s extraordinary Miserere, and works from Strathclyde Motets. The concert also includes works by Friedrich Cerha and Heinrich Schütz

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 25 April 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

BACH COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS: RECITAL 26

The twenty-sixth in 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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Thursday 9 May 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Joshua Stephens (Assistant Director of Music, Sheffield Cathedral)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 13 June 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)

Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Christopher Herrick (Concert Organist)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Friday 14 June 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 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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Saturday 27 July 7.00pm

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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Friday 6 September 7.30pm

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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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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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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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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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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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