What’s on in Somerset

 

Note:  In addition to the events below, information on musical etc events in and around Taunton can be found on the TAPA website

 


2018


 

Tuesday 16 January 1.05 – 2.05pm (in the Quire)  Postponed owing to organ repairs
Wells Cathedral

ORGAN RECITAL: MESSIAEN MEDITATION (I)

Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral) and Prebendary Elsa van der Zee (reader) give the annual performance of Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur (The Birth of our Lord) in the first of three Messiaen organ meditations in 2018

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 18 January 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)  Postponed owing to organ repairs
Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Joshua Stephens (Senior Organ Scholar, Wells Cathedral)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 25 January 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)  Postponed owing to organ repairs
Wells Cathedral

BACH COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS: RECITAL 19

The nineteenth of the bi-monthly series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach over six years – this year featuring chorales from Das Orgelbüchlein (The Little Organ Book), alongside the ‘free’ organ works – played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral): Prelude in C, BWV 943; Fugue in C (on a theme of Albinoni), BWV 946; Chorale Preludes from Das Orgelbüchlein

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Timothy Noon (Director of Music, Exeter Cathedral)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Sunday 11th February 2018 at 3 pm
St John’s Church, Park Street, Taunton  TA1 4DG

RUSSIAN GALA CONCERT

Sergei Kosov – Balalaika, Iryna Ilaytska – Mezzo Soprano, Yulia Nortbridge – Violin, Ekaterina Shetliffe – Piano.

The performers of this concert are all graduates of leading Russian music colleges who have won prizes and awards for their performances and commitment to music. They have been entertaining audiences in the Midlands and Devon for several years but it will be the first time they have performed together in Taunton.

Sergei Kosov, the balalaika player, will be travelling from Russia especially for the group’s February tour. During his performing career he has worked with many traditional folk orchestras in Russia, USA and Germany.  Ukrainian-born Iryna Ilnystska established her operatic career first in Kiev but after after moving to England she has played various solo roles including taking part in The Magic Flute with Somerset Opera. Yulia Northridge is based in Derbyshire and has regularly performed as solo violinist with the Derby and Loughborough Concert Orchestras. Kate Shetliffe regularly gives performances as soloist and as accompanist for choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists at various venues including Dartington Space, Exeter Cathedral and The Cynet Thetre.

Their programme will include music by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Siviridov, whose delightful music has yet to be discovered by many people in Western Europe. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn more of Sivirodov, who died only 20 years ago, but drew inspiration from the great Russian composers and from the country’s folk music.

All the performers love the opportunity to portray the musical heritage of their origins and are delighted at the chance to entertain a new audience while at the same time help to raise funds for the roof repairs at St John’s Church, which have recently been finished but the payment has yet to be completed.

Tickets £9.00 are available at Taunton Ticket and Travel Centre, (01823 340470) and online via

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/426356

The performers are keen to encourage young people to develop an interest in music and have agreed any children under 16, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free.

Tea and cakes will be available after the concert.

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Thursday 22 February 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Students of Wells Cathedral School

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 1 March 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Owain Park (London; formerly Senior Organ Scholar of Wells Cathedral)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 15 March 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

BACH COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS: RECITAL 20

The twentieth of the bi-monthly series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach over six years, played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral): Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 539; Chorale Preludes from Das Orgelbüchlein

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Jeremy Cole (Assistant Organist, Wells Cathedral)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 3 May 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

BACH COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS: RECITAL 21

The twenty-first of the bi-monthly series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach over six years, played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral): Trio in G (after Telemann), BWV 586; Fugue in G minor, BWV 531a; Concerto in A minor (after Vivaldi), BWV 593; Chorale Preludes from Das Orgelbüchlein

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Ascension Day, Thursday 10 May 1.05 – 1.35pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

ORGAN RECITAL: MESSIAEN MEDITATION (II)

Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral) and Prebendary Elsa van der Zee (reader) give the annual performance of Olivier Messiaen’s L’Ascension (Four Symphonic Meditations for Organ) in the second of this year’s Messiaen meditations

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 17 May 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Richard Tanner (Director of Music, Rugby School)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 24 May 1.05 – 1.35pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

ORGAN RECITAL: MESSIAEN MEDITATION (III)

Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral) and Prebendary Elsa van der Zee (reader) give the annual performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Messe de la Pentecôte in the third of this year’s Messiaen meditations

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 7 June 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Anthony Hammond (Concert Organist)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 5 July 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

BACH COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS: RECITAL 22

The twenty-second of the bi-monthly series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach over six years, played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral): Prelude in G, BWV 568; Fugue in G, BWV 581; Trio in D minor, BWV 583; Toccata in E, BWV 566; Chorale Preludes from Das Orgelbüchlein

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Jeffrey Makinson (Assistant Director of Music, Lincoln Cathedral)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 9 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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Thursday 13 September 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

 

Adam Pajan (Director of Music, St Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Oklahoma, USA)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Friday 14 September 7.30 – 8.40pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

EARLY MUSIC WELLS: THE FRENCH BAROQUE HARPSICHORD

One of the world’s leading harpsichordists, Steven Devine, plays the rich and exotic music of the French Baroque in the beautiful candlelit surroundings of Wells Cathedral Quire

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

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Thursday 27 September 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

BACH COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS: RECITAL 23

The twenty-third of the bi-monthly series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach over six years, played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral): Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 551; Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 547; Chorale Preludes from Das Orgelbüchlein

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 11 October 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

 

Martin Patzlaff (Kultur Institut Rossignol, Westerwald, Germany)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Monday 15 October 1.05 – 1.50pm (in the North Transept)
Wells Cathedral

NEW MUSIC WELLS: PIANOWORKS

Part of the new music wells 78-18 festival, given by specialist pianists from Wells Cathedral School

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Wednesday 17 October 7.30pm
Wells Cathedral

NEW MUSIC WELLS: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Hear David Bednall – one of Europe’s finest improvisers on the organ – create new music on the spot, through his accompaniment of this classic silent movie in the vast space of Wells Cathedral

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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Thursday 18 October 1.05 – 1.50pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

NEW MUSIC WELLS: ORGANWORKS

Jeremy Cole (Assistant Organist, Wells Cathedral) performs a recital of organ music for new music wells 78-18, including works by Michael Berkeley CBE (in his 70th birthday year), Judith Bingham, Barnaby Martin, and Tarik O’Regan (in his 40th birthday year)

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 15 November 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL

Students of Wells Cathedral School

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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Thursday 29 November 1.05 – 1.40pm (in the Quire)
Wells Cathedral

BACH COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS: RECITAL 24

The twenty-fourth of the bi-monthly series of organ recitals surveying the complete organ works of J.S. Bach over six years, played by Matthew Owens (Organist and Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral): Trio Sonata in E minor, BWV 528; Fugue in D, BWV 580; Fantasia in C (completed by Wolfgang Stockmeier), BWV 573; Chorale Preludes from Das Orgelbüchlein

Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music

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