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Incredible Jewel: the beauty of Exmoor in music, words and pictures

‘Stunningly beautiful...’ Christopher Hodder, BBC producer and presenter
This is the world première of ‘Incredible Jewel’ for choir and orchestra featuring an exciting touch of rock and the lyrics of Exmoor farmer Michael Reed; and performed by the Wellensian Consort 2010, winners of the BBC Choir of the Year Award, under director Christopher Finch, Head of Vocal studies at Wells Cathedral School.
Immerse yourself in beautiful music whilst you take a step back in time through screened photos of Michael's farm and his machinery, tractors and tools which have been handed down through the generations. Music by Marian Matthews.

Date: 2 Sep 2017 At: 3:30PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £12.00


Joe Tong, one of Well Cathedral School’s senior piano staff, and his duo partner Waka Hasegawa, elevate the art of piano duets to a whole new level. The programme includes favourites by Mozart, Schubert and Ravel plus a new work by David Matthews co-commissioned for them by the Cheltenham Festival.
"Exhilarating pianism" - The Independent

Date: 8 Sep 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend: Towards the Revolution
Alexander Melnikov - piano
Prokofiev: Visions fugitives (selection), op.22; Scriabin: Vers la flamme; Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme by Chopin op.22

Date: 15 Sep 2017 At: 6:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £15.00


BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend: Towards the Revolution
Julia Sitkovetsky - soprano; Alexander Melnikov - piano
Prokofiev: Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova op.27; Prokovfiev: The Ugly Duckling op.18; Rachmaninov: Six Romances op.38

Date: 16 Sep 2017 At: 2:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £15.00


BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend: Towards the Revolution
Andrei Ionita - cello; Alexander Melnikov - piano
Scriabin: Sonata no.9 Black Mass for piano; Rachmaninov: Sonata for Piano and Cello

Date: 16 Sep 2017 At: 8:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £15.00


BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend : Towards the Revolution
Alexandra Conunova - violin; Andrei Ionita - cello; Alexander Melnikov - piano; Joan Rodgers - soprano
Shostakovich: Piano Trio no.1 op.8; Shostakovich: Preludes and Fugues op.87 no.7 in A major and no.8 in F sharp minor; Shostakovich: Seven Romances for Soprano and Piano Trio op.127

Date: 17 Sep 2017 At: 3:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £15.00


The 2017 Somerset Art Weeks (SAW) Festival features a range of exhibitions, projects and events in more than 100 locations, alongside new commissions and educational projects by more than 300 artists. This year Cedars Hall makes its SAW debut as an exhibition space with a selection of artwork in a range of media by student artists of all ages. We hope to make this an annual event.

Date: 24 Sep - 8 Oct 2017
Venue: Cedars Hall - The John Baxter Foyer
Prices: £0.00


Perhaps it’s the Strictly effect, or maybe a more basic desire simply to dance and socialise together, but that fixture of the 1930s and 40s, the tea dance, is back. Only this time it attracts young and old alike. Brush up your quickstep and foxtrot for a civilised afternoon of dancing and a delicious tea. And if you're a total beginner, don’t worry - we’ll have expert coaches and some surprise guests to get you on your feet. 1920s dress optional - or surprise us (and yourself).

Date: 24 Sep 2017 At: 4:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £15.00


The Bristol-based forensic archaeologist, Jessye Aggleton, uses scanning and imaging technology on Neanderthal fossil hands and their modern human equivalent to work out what they were - and are - capable of doing. A combination of archaeology, anthropology and anatomy contributes to this fascinating exploration of this most complex and remarkable part of the human body.

Date: 25 Sep 2017 At: 5:30PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £5.00


Our Piano Masters series continues with a remarkable young artist who wowed national audiences by winning the 2004 BBC Young Musician Keyboard final at the age of just 11, made an electrifying Proms debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at 19, and whose Carnegie Hall debut two years ago had American reviewers reaching for superlatives. Benjamin's Cedars Hall recital includes music by Bach, Brahms, Debussy and Ravel. Do not miss a rare opportunity to hear this sensational young pianist close up - we may not be able to afford him again.

Date: 25 Sep 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £23.00


As part of a school-wide Maths Day, the University of Bath-based mathematician, musician and educator, Ben Sparks, explores where numbers come from. An entertaining journey through humanity’s attempts to wrestle with the deepest questions behind our day-to-day use of numbers and their consequences.

Date: 26 Sep 2017 At: 4:15PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £5.00


Primer
Category: Film

Cult sci-fi thriller Primer is the story of young engineers Aaron and Abe whose boring day jobs are designing error-checking technology. Working in Aaron’s garage by night they are more ambitious and, through experiments with electromagnetic weight reduction, realise they may have stumbled on a method of time travel. Testing it has unforeseeable consequences. Written, directed, produced, edited and scored by Shane Carruth (who also stars), Primer is noted for its ultra-low ($7,000) budget, experimental plot structure, philosophical implications and complex technical dialogue, which Carruth, a maths graduate himself, chose not to simplify. Winner of the 2004 Sundance Jury Prize.

Date: 27 Sep 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £8.00


In many ways humans have become a self-domesticating species, selecting for characteristics that are best suited for cooperation, co-existence and coordination. Part of that process has been the development of a sense of identity or “self”, an idea so compelling that we rarely question it. Is it real, or yet another of the illusory tricks our brains play on us? The Bristol-based experimental psychologist, Professor Bruce Hood, shares some startling new research.

Date: 28 Sep 2017 At: 4:15PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £5.00


The Nerds are back with a brand new UK tour this Autumn “You Can’t Polish A Nerd”.
Since their last tour, experiments guy Steve Mould, geek songstress Helen Arney and stand-up mathematician Matt Parker have featured on BBC2’s QI, created a genuinely “experimental” comedy show for BBC Radio 4 and played the Hammersmith Apollo with Professor Brian Cox.

Recommended for ages 14+ as contains scenes of multiple recursion.

Date: 28 Sep 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £14.00 to £17.50


With Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Daniel Tong (piano)
For this third instalment in our complete Beethoven violin sonatas series with Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong, they have invited 10 eminent composers to each write a short work inspired by one of the sonatas. In this concert, Judith Bingham and Huw Watkins respond to the dramatic sonata in A minor op.23 and its much-loved companion piece op.24 in F major (Spring). This performance will be recorded for CD.

Date: 30 Sep 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


Matthew McDonald is Principal Double Bass, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Date: 2 Oct 2017 At: 2:30PM
Venue: Digital Studio
Prices: £0.00


IMS Prussia Cove 40th Anniversary Tour
Every September the world’s leading chamber musicians gather at a cliff-top retreat in Cornwall to study and play together. Cedars Hall is privileged to welcome them on their way back, refreshed and inspired, with the Schubert Trout and Mozart G minor String Quintets, plus a new work by Mark Anthony Turnage.

Date: 2 Oct 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £23.00


At 17, Mark Simpson won both BBC Young Musician and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer competitions.

Date: 5 Oct 2017 At: 2:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00


With Richard Uttley (piano)
Since the time of Mozart, the true composer-performer has been a rare breed. In England, only Britten (and perhaps Lennon and McCartney) spring to mind. Now there may be another. At 17, Mark Simpson won both BBC Young Musician and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer competitions. He plays English music from Finzi to Howells and his own, partnered by another rising star, Richard Uttley.

Date: 5 Oct 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


With William Sitwell, Zeb Soanes, Covent Garden Sinfonia and Ben Palmer (conductor)
Masterchef food critic and writer William Sitwell narrates his great-aunt’s Entertainment with BBC Radio 4 newsreader Zeb Soanes, as well as the world premiere of a new music-theatre work based on his award-winning book about Lord Woolton and the wartime Ministry of Food, Eggs or Anarchy. Food-related films and events will run throughout the day in Cedars Hall. Look out for further announcements nearer the date.
Sponsored by Sacla UK in association with Wells Food Festival.

Date: 8 Oct 2017 At: 5:30PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £23.00


For our final-year specialist musicians, autumn is a whirlwind of conservatoire and university auditions as they prepare to embark on the next, crucial step of their training.
The successful transition from gifted young musician to fully-equipped professional has never been tougher, nor required more dedication and resolve. All music-making needs an audience, and we thought you would like to hear the cream of this year’s crop in some of the most important performance of their careers so far.

Date: 9 Oct 2017 At: 11:00AM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00


“Musicians are not the easiest of subjects in the world, and it is our great good luck that Clive works with us.” - Vladimir Ashkenazy
We are privileged to be able to show this tribute to Clive Barda’s remarkable lifetime career photographing the performing arts. He will also be working with young musicians and photographers at the school throughout the autumn, passing on skills and inspiration. Please note this exhibition is open for public viewing an hour before each concert.

Date: 12 Oct 2017
Venue: Cedars Hall - The John Baxter Foyer
Prices: £0.00


“This translator came up to me after the first round and said, ‘Barry, get me tickets for the final, I think you’re going to win. You had the top marks for the first round.’ So I felt, I’ve got a chance, I’ve got to start working till the finishing line...” - Barry Douglas
The Belfast-born 1986 Tchaikovsky gold-medal winner presents two summits of the piano repertoire - Schubert's epic Wanderer Fantasy and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky - plus music by Brahms.

Date: 12 Oct 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £23.00


Masterclass run by the Belfast-born 1986 Tchaikovsky gold-medal winner.



Date: 13 Oct 2017 At: 10:00AM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00


With Marie Lloyd (clarinet), Robert Salter (violin), Penny Driver (cello), Joseph Tong (piano) and Lydia Scadding (piano)
Wells has a secret population: a bevy of world-class performers who generously pass on some of their huge experience to the exceptional young musicians at Wells Cathedral School. Here five of them get together in chamber music for clarinet, strings and piano by Schumann and Brahms. A wonderful opportunity to experience this gorgeous repertoire up close in the company of friends.

Date: 13 Oct 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


Wells Cathedral School specialist musicians present a set of jazz standards and originals followed by an open jam session. Speak to Ed Leaker, Head of Jazz, when you arrive if you wish to play.

Date: 16 Oct 2017
Venue: Cedars Hall - The John Baxter Foyer
Prices: £0.00


As he approaches his 70th birthday at the end of October, the composer, teacher, pianist, accordionist and founder of the Scratch Orchestra works with young composers at Wells Cathedral School on their new music in Cedars Hall. His own new choral works will be premiered by Wells Cathedral Choir following this masterclass at the 5.15pm service of Choral Evensong in the Cathedral. Howard Skempton will also be in conversation with fellow composers for Composer Conversations with Michael Berkeley at 2.30pm on Wednesday 18th October in the Cathedral’s Education Room.

Date: 19 Oct 2017 At: 2:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00


With the Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra and vocalists and Pete Harrison (conductor)
For two nights only, Times Square has been added to the Wells’ street map as Maestro Pete Harrison conducts a glittering programme of Broadway musical theatre classics, including numbers from Chicago, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Carousel, Evita, Cats, Wicked and more.
This is a rare opportunity to hear these timeless scores presented in glorious symphonic sound by Wells Cathedral School’s premier orchestra and singers. Book early and let them give you “the old razzle dazzle”.

Date: 19 Oct - 20 Oct 2017
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £15.00


With the Alberni Quartet
Cedars Hall’s quartet in residence continues its Sunday evening series, pairing two great works from the string quartet repertoire. Haydn’s famous quartet, op.74 no.3 is nicknamed The Rider due to its galloping finale.
Move on a century and the last movement of the much-loved “American” quartet by Dvorák is unmistakably infused with the rhythms of steam locomotives at speed. Plus ça change!

Date: 22 Oct 2017 At: 8:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


A Life in Musical Theatre
The star of Keeping Up Appearances trained not only as an actress but also as a singer. Her many awards include a Tony for the Styne-Harburg musical Darling of the Day on Broadway and a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance as the Old Lady in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Sixty-five years of experience on stage and screen find her on sparkling form as she talks to Edward Seckerson about her long and fascinating career. Complete with musical illustrations, this is a show to go on your ‘bucket’ list!

Date: 5 Nov 2017 At: 3:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £12.00 to £20.00


Enjoy a family night of dance, drama and romance with Carismático, the dynamic new tango ensemble led by Karen Street and Andy Tweed. With music by Saul Cosentino and Piazzolla, the performance also features Argentina’s finest tango singer, Martin Alvarado, and dancers Miriam Orcutt and Dante Culcuy, honoured at milongas and festivals across the world and World Tango Championships finalists in Buenos Aires.

There will be a free pre-concert talk at 6.00pm - Christopher Eldridge explores the history and politics, 35 years on, behind Britain’s last colonial war.

Date: 10 Nov 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £20.00


With Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Daniel Tong (piano)
Krysia and Daniel continue their cycle of Beethoven violin sonatas, alongside specially commissioned short works inspired by them. Two sides of Beethoven are on show, both reflecting his struggle to come to terms with increasing deafness: the achingly lyrical A major and robustly energetic G major sonatas op.30 nos.1 and 3. The evening also features new music by Kurt Schwertsik and Jeremy Thurlow.

Date: 13 Nov 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


As well as giving this masterclass, Krysia Osostowicz joins Daniel Tong (piano) in concert on Monday 13th November at 7.00pm. For more details click here.

Date: 14 Nov 2017 At: 2:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00


Saxophonist Tommy Smith gives a jazz workshop before his performance with Brian Kellock in the evening.

Date: 17 Nov 2017 At: 2:00PM
Venue: Quilter Hall (Music School)
Prices: £0.00


A happy accident of tour scheduling enables two of Scotland's finest jazz maestros, saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock to collide in Wells and showcase their acclaimed reworkings of the great standards. If playfulness, emotional truth and a dash of humour are hallmarks of the very best artists, expect an evening of serious, life-affirming fun.

Date: 17 Nov 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £16.00


Swinging classics to light up an autumn night from Wells Cathedral School’s premier jazz ensemble. Directed by acclaimed saxophonist Andy Tweed, the band includes some of the finest young jazz players in the country, so expect superlative standards of musicianship and virtuosity.
Early booking is advised as this concert will sell out quickly.

Date: 18 Nov 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £17.00


South Korean-born pianist Young-Choon Park began to learn the piano at the age of four and gave her first full recital when she was seven. Two years later she was playing concertos with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra and at 12 was sent, on her own, to study at the Juilliard School in New York, staying with a Korean woman she had never met.

Date: 23 Nov 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


South Korean-born pianist Young-Choon Park is also giving a piano recital on Thursday 23rd November, for more details, please click here.

Date: 24 Nov 2017 At: 10:00AM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00


Wth the Alberni Quartet
Masterpieces by Mozart and Schubert are the works introduced and played by Cedars Hall’s resident ensemble tonight. Schubert’s final string quartet in G major is an epic confrontation between dark and light, minor and major, written over just 10 days of white-hot inspiration in 1826. By way of a substantial introduction, The Hunt quartet K.458 is Mozart’s flawlessly elegant 1784 tribute to Haydn.

Date: 26 Nov 2017 At: 8:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


Whiplash
Category: Film

“It will spit you out elated, exhausted and cheering for an encore.” - Empire
“Genius!” - The Daily Telegraph
A promising young drummer wins a place at a cut-throat New York conservatoire where his dreams of success come up against a teacher who will stop at literally nothing to realise his students’ potential. This is a must-see, provocative, lacerating drama - especially in the context of a specialist music school such as Wells Cathedral School - with a remarkable payoff.

Date: 1 Dec 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £8.00


New works written and performed by Wells Cathedral School’s talented (and hard-working) young composers under the guidance of Paul Whitmarsh, our acclaimed composer-in-residence. Featuring a variety of ensembles, soloists and musical styles, expect exuberance and the vivid imagination of youth.

Date: 2 Dec 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00


The Snowman
Category: Film

Who can resist the heart-melting fantasy about a boy whose snowman magically comes to life at midnight on Christmas Eve? Now as familiar a part of Christmas for many of us as Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody and The Queen’s Speech, every year a whole new generation of children discover it for the first time. A Christmas family film screening of Raymond Brigg’s enchanting Oscar-nominated animated film with Howard Blake’s score played live by Wells Cathedral School’s star musicians. Walking in the Air will weave its magic all over again.

Date: 11 Dec - 12 Dec 2017
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £5.00 to £8.00


“Jing, jing-a-ling!” The much-loved local singer and broadcaster, Clare Teal, returns by popular acclaim with an evening of seasonal classics and more, backed by Cedars Hall’s resident big band the Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra.
If you couldn’t get a ticket for Clare’s last visit, now’s your chance. The party’s on!

Date: 16 Dec 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £17.00 to £28.00


With Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Daniel Tong (piano)
This is the closing instalment in our cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas performed alongside contemporary works inspired by them. Krysia and Dan round off proceedings
with short pieces by Elspeth Brooke and David Matthews responding to the good-humoured E flat sonata, op.12 no.3 in E flat and Beethoven’s final work in the genre, op.96 in G major, a masterpiece of calm, ethereal beauty.

Date: 18 Dec 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00