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All events are open to the public. If you require assistance with your booking, please email boxoffice@wells-cathedral-school.com or phone our office on 01749 834483.

For further booking information, a guide to the seating in Cedars Hall, and for full terms and conditions please click here.

 

A series of six paintings inspired by William Hogarth’s The Harlot’s Progress follows the trajectory of Chloe, a young woman from the country, as she tries to make her way in the world. The middle class idyll is not what it seems! Heather Jane Wallace lives in Wells where she runs the Heritage Courtyard Studios and Gallery. These works are a portrait of society itself rather than particular individuals.

Date: 13 Jan - 22 Jan 2018
Venue: Cedars Hall - The John Baxter Foyer
Prices: £0.00


These exciting new works, written by our young composers, feature instrumental, ensemble and vocal music performed by the students themselves. Expect a wide range of genres, sounds, textures and ambition as these young musicians explore how to communicate their ideas with maximum impact.

Date: 21 Jan 2018 At: 8:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00


With Jim Hart (vibraphone), Michael Janisch (double bass), Hannes Riepler (guitar), Robin Fincker (alto saxophone) and Dave Smith (drums)
This jazz supergroup alights in Wells with its own brand of virtuosic and risk-taking original music. Their sound lies somewhere between New York’s downtown and the modern European tradition. Expect the exotic textures of jazz vibraphone to play a big part. Cloudmakers Five will be playing at Cedars Hall in concert at 7.00pm - click here for further details.

Date: 22 Jan 2018 At: 3:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00


With Jim Hart (vibraphone), Michael Janisch (double bass), Hannes Riepler (guitar), Robin Fincker (alto saxophone) and Dave Smith (drums)
“They were individually and in combination electrifying… The quintet are individually top-drawer players. Hart’s writing and their empathy meshes them into a formidable unit.” – Mike Collins, jazz blogger
As the first of two headline ensembles this week, this jazz supergroup alights in Wells with its own brand of virtuosic and risk-taking original music. Their sound lies somewhere between New York’s downtown and the modern European tradition. Expect the exotic textures of jazz vibraphone to play a big part. There is a jazz workshop with Cloudmakers Five at 3.00pm in Cedars Hall. Click here for further details.

Date: 22 Jan 2018 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £20.00


Young brass and percussion players from Wells Cathedral School create an enthralling evening of music influenced by folk idioms and folklore.

Promenade Concerts in Wells Cathedral
In contrast to more traditional performances, the audience of these promenade concerts is able to explore the building’s remarkable acoustic spaces, wander around and enjoy the three dimensions of music, light and space within the grandeur of this ancient and beautiful cathedral. These special evenings have something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets are available from the Wells Cathedral Box Office on 01749 672773.

Date: 23 Jan 2018 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Wells Cathedral
Prices: £8.00


Promenade through time and space as woodwind and vocal students from Wells Cathedral School combine an eclectic mix of chamber music and solo repertoire from the Baroque to the present day.

Promenade Concerts in Wells Cathedral
In contrast to more traditional performances, the audience of these promenade concerts is able to explore the building’s remarkable acoustic spaces, wander around and enjoy the three dimensions of music, light and space within the grandeur of this ancient and beautiful cathedral. These special evenings have something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets are available from the Wells Cathedral Box Office on 01749 672773.

Date: 24 Jan 2018 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Wells Cathedral
Prices: £8.00


A jazz workshop with the remarkable Russian-born double bass player and composer. There is a concert by the Yuri Goloubev Jazz Trio in Cedars Hall at 7.00pm. For further details click here.

Date: 26 Jan 2018 At: 3:00PM
Venue: Quilter Hall (Music School)
Prices: £0.00


Travel Fragments
Category: Art

Elizabeth Hand's large-scale drawing and mixed-media works of distant places recall ancient walls, rich with layers of history. She has exhibited in the UK and France. An experienced teacher, curator and project director, Elizabeth will lead a number of experimental drawing workshops with Wells Cathedral School examination pupils.

Date: 26 Jan - 25 Feb 2018
Venue: Cedars Hall - The John Baxter Foyer
Prices: £0.00


With Yuri Goloubev (double bass), John Turville (piano) and Asaf Sirkis (drums)
"Astonishing playing technique, perfect intonation and the musical taste of a great jazz bassist." – Salvatore Mortilla, Libertà
The remarkable Russian-born double bass player and composer, also a key member of Wells Cathedral School’s jazz faculty, brings his acclaimed jazz trio to Wells. John Turville and Asaf Sirkis are also multiple award-winners for many recordings. Enjoy an evening of superlative contemporary jazz plus the trio’s distinctive modern take on some well-loved standards. Fly Me to the Moon could be for real tonight. Yuri Goloubev is giving a jazz workshop in Quilter Hall at 3.00pm. For more details, please click here.

Date: 26 Jan 2018 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £16.00


With Ben Glassberg (conductor) and Julian Chan (soloist)
Verdi - Force of Destiny Overture; Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto no.1; Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances
Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to be working with rising star Ben Glassberg, winner of all the prizes in the 2017 Besancon International Young Conductors’ Competition. A triple bill of glorious romantic orchestral masterpieces to banish the chill of a February evening with passion, drama and stunning virtuosity. The thunderously triumphant opening chords of Tchaikovsky’s concerto must be among the most famous in all classical music. There will be a retiring collection for the refugee charity Safe Passage.

Date: 2 Feb - 3 Feb 2018
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £17.00


With Festive Flutes
The Owl looked up to the stars above, And sang to a small guitar, 'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are, You are! What a beautiful Pussy you are!' - Edward Lear
The clue is in the title: the Festive Flute quartet presents an evening of frabjous joy as Wells’ galaxy of runcible flutes are joined by singers, wind players and special guests. Enjoy words and music inspired by the fantastical world of Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Hilaire Belloc and others.

Date: 4 Feb 2018 At: 8:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


With Crispian Steele-Perkins (adjudicator)
“The world's leading exponent of the Baroque trumpet.” - Virtuoso Magazine
Gifted trumpet players from across the South West showcase their skills to one of Britain’s most eminent soloists. The competition started in 2011 in memory of the composer Sir Malcolm Arnold who was Principal Trumpet of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
There will be a Historical Performance trumpet masterclass with Crispian Steele-Perkins on Wednesday 7th February at 9.30am. For more information, please click here.

Date: 6 Feb 2018 At: 10:00AM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00


With Crispian Steele-Perkins
The Malcolm Arnold Trumpet Competition is being held on Tuesday 6th February from 10.00am. For more details, please click here

Date: 7 Feb 2018 At: 9:30AM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00


Leading young tenor David Butt Philip, with Amy Carson (soprano), Tim Dickinson (bass-baritone) and Nicola Rose (piano) will perform operatic arias, duets and songs from Mozart to Puccini in aid of the St Thomas's Church Development Fund. Tickets are available from the St Thomas Church Parish Office, St Thomas Street, Wells BA5 2UZ. Tickets can either be collected in person or posted (£1 extra charge). Cash or cheques only. Cheques should be made payable to PCC St Thomas Church Wells. The concert will finish at about 9.30pm. Click on the More Info tab to be taken to the website for bookings.

Date: 10 Feb 2018 At: 7:30PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £10.00 to £20.00


“A revelation of mature musicianship, combined with an extraordinary communicative skill rare in a young musician, conjuring up a sound world of endless colour…” - Peter Donohoe
Winner of the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition, the remarkable young Russian pianist gives a recital of music by Chopin, alongside Tchaikovsky’s lovely set of piano favourites, The Seasons. This concert inaugurates an important new partnership between Cedars Hall and ‘The Leeds’, with a programme of recitals, workshops and digital link-ups, bringing some of the world’s finest pianistic talent to Wells over the coming years.
Anna is giving a piano masterclass in Quilter Hall on Tuesday 20th February at 10.00am. For more details, please click here.

Date: 19 Feb 2018 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £16.00


A piano masterclass from this remarkable young Russian pianist. Anna is giving a concert in Cedars Hall on Monday 19th February at 7.00pm. For more details, please click here.

Date: 20 Feb 2018 At: 10:00AM
Venue: Quilter Hall (Music School)
Prices: £0.00


At the end of his life, Sviatoslav Richter finally agreed to talk in front of a camera. In a remarkable series of conversations with the filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon, interspersed with fascinating historical archive and performance footage, the great Russian pianist presents his memoirs from beyond the grave. One of the most extraordinary, complex and moving portraits of a musician ever made.

Date: 20 Feb 2018 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £5.00


Old Wellensian Mei Yi Foo dazzled critics at the BBC Music Magazine’s Best Newcomer Awards with her “liberating” and “virtuoso display” (The Times). Playfulness is an important talent for any musician, and Mei Yi’s ‘box of dreams’ is Cedars Hall’s new Steinway piano, from which she conjures an exotic, glittering set of miniature musical ‘toys’ by Unsuk Chin, Frederic Rzewski, Dai Fujikura, Stravinksy and Debussy. Mei Yi Foo is giving a piano masterclass in Quilter Hall on Saturday 24th February. For more details, please click here.

Date: 23 Feb 2018 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


A piano masterclass by award-winning pianist and Old Wellensian Mei Yi Foo. Mei Yi Foo is giving a concert in Cedars Hall on Friday 23rd February in Cedars Hall. For more details, please click here.

Date: 24 Feb 2018 At: 10:00AM
Venue: Quilter Hall (Music School)
Prices: £0.00


A new incarnation for Wells Cathedral School’s premier string ensemble, newly-expanded and inspired by a week of intensive coaching from renowned cellist David Strange. This concert will include Nielsen’s lovely Little Suite and a Russian work inspired by an Italian holiday - Tchaikovsky’s famous Souvenir de Florence.

Date: 25 Feb 2018 At: 4:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


Wells Cathedral School Jazz Orchestra, along with special guests, return to Strode Theatre for a swinging night of jazz standards that is guaranteed to blow you away. The band includes some of the finest young jazz players in the country, so expect superlative standards of musicianship and virtuosity. Book early - this concert will sell out quickly. Please note that this concert is in Strode Theatre - click on the More Info tab to be taken to the theatre's website for bookings.

Date: 3 Mar 2018 At: 7:30PM
Venue: Strode Theatre
Prices: £15.00


Mike’s solo playing, full of nuances and micro-techniques, has gained him a staggering 50 million YouTube hits online. He also tours across the world with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues. Mike is performing in concert at 7.00pm. For more details, please click here.

Date: 8 Mar 2018 At: 3:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00


Back by popular demand after last year’s sell-out visit to Cedars Hall, the finger-style guitar phenomenon returns to Wells with a new set. Mike’s solo playing, full of nuances and micro-techniques, has gained him a staggering 50 million YouTube hits online. He also tours across the world with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues. Tonight, Mike is supported by an internationally-renowned group of session musicians including Jerry Crozier-Cole, Riaan Vosloo, Andy Tween and Kit Morgan plus talented jazz and rock students from Wells Cathedral School. Mike has just been voted as the No.1 acoustic guitarist in the world by MusicRadar. Early booking is recommended.

Mike is giving a guitar workshop at 3.00pm. For more details, please click here.

Date: 8 Mar 2018 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £12.00 to £20.00


French harpsichordist Céline Frisch’s acclaimed recording of J S Bach’s The Goldberg Variations has received awards across the world. We are thrilled that she will be playing this extraordinary, life-affirming masterpiece live in Wells in her UK debut. Céline will be donating her fee for this concert to Wells Cathedral School’s Music Bursary Fund as a gesture of thanks for the support which enables her daughter to study at the school.

Date: 11 Mar 2018 At: 8:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £28.00


A lively and stimulating evening of solo and ensemble music presented by Wells Cathedral School’s talented young specialist musicians. All performers need an audience, and many of these students are training for careers in music. Please come along and hear how they are getting on.

Date: 17 Mar 2018 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


With the Alberni Quartet
Cedars Hall’s quartet in residence continues its series pairing two great works from the string quartet repertoire. Tonight, Beethoven’s extraordinary F minor quartet op.95 (Serioso) stands sentinel at the gateway into the rarefied world of his late quartets. The String Quartet by Elgar, written exactly a century ago during the tragic final months of the First World War somehow manages, according to Elgar’s wife, to overflow with “captured sunshine”.

Date: 18 Mar 2018 At: 8:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


With St Andrews Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven was still in his 20s, and very much the new boy in town, when he threw down the gauntlet to Mozart and Haydn with a symphony of his own. It’s a young man’s work and is played here by a group of similarly ambitious young Wells musicians, who have an impression to make on the musical world and have formed their own orchestra to do so. The programme also includes the Russian Easter Overture by Rimsky Korsakov, Elgar's Sospiri and Ravel's delicate Pavane For a Dead Infanta.

Date: 23 Mar 2018 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


Wells Cathedral School’s largest student-led event is back after the success of last year’s Event in the Hall. This whole-school extravaganza showcases outstanding contemporary music, with food and drink from local independent producers and a light show from Rupert Newman projected onto Cedars House. Student and teacher performances range from jazz and folk to rock. All profits will be donated to the school’s Sierra Leone charity. Truly an unmissable event.

Date: 24 Mar 2018 At: 6:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £5.00 to £10.00


Elite young musicians - like their athletic and sporting colleagues - need to train for around 10,000 hours to have a chance of reaching the top of their profession. Selected from the many outstanding performances given during the year, talented students on the specialist music scheme at Wells Cathedral School showcase the fruits of their work in chamber music and solo repertoire.

Date: 25 Mar 2018 At: 8:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £10.00


Wells Cathedral School's choral and orchestral forces join to perform one of the great works of musical consolation. Brahms claimed he could have named this a “human requiem” with its focus on comforting the living while acknowledging the dead. This is a perfect coming-together moment, for the whole diverse Wells community as we head into Easter.

Date: 28 Mar 2018 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £0.00 to £17.00


The Glastonbury Male Voice Choir has been singing in Somerset for nearly a century and a huge influx of new members in the last few years has added a wealth of fresh talent and enthusiasm. The choir, under its musical director, Tracey Hansford, delivers wonderful harmonies and thrilling interpretations in a wide range of musical genres. Presented by the Rotary Club of Glastonbury and Street, this is the choir’s debut in Cedars Hall.

Date: 14 Apr 2018 At: 7:30PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £15.00


“Pee Wee makes funk sound jazzy and jazz sound funky. Somehow he synthesises the two into one great music.” – Peter Madsen
We welcome the great Pee Wee Ellis to Cedars Hall with our resident Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra. It’s not often that we can claim to be hosting a genuine musical legend, but Pee Wee is the real thing. Now 77, the American saxophonist and composer learnt his craft with Sonny Rollins, played in James Brown’s band in the ‘60s co-writing hits like Cold Sweat and Say it Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud, and later worked closely with Van Morrison. Early booking recommended.

Date: 28 Apr 2018 At: 7:00PM
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £17.00 to £28.00


AI Conf.
Category: Conference

AIConf is a unique event, exploring the impact that Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will have on education. Bringing together leaders in the fields of both education and technology, we will investigate what education will look like in the future, how schools can prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

For more information about the conference, please click here.

Date: 18 May 2018
Venue: Cedars Hall - Eavis Hall
Prices: £198.00