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Kicking off an exciting new partnership between The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and Wells Cathedral School, the Northern Rocks Project is the first in a series of events between these two internationally-renowned music schools.
During this open workshop, members of the public are welcome to drop in and see singer-songwriters and bands from Wells Cathedral School working on their creative and performance skills under the expert guidance and tutelage of Andy Stott, head of popular music at the RNCM.
The workshop will conclude at 5.00pm.
Join us for our symposium focusing on mental health and well-being in the workplace.
The event is designed for employers and aims to discuss improving mental health and well-being in the work place.
Here from local experts on how to reduce the risks, find support for employees and to mitigate mental health problems within the workplace.
To book tickets, please call 01935 474875, or clock on the More info button.
You may also like to join us for a special concert in aid of Mind - please click here for more information.
Join us for a very special charity concert to raise funds for local Mind charities to help them improve mental health services for local communities. The concert is one of a series of events in support of the ‘Music for the Mind’ initiative. This evening is kindly supported by Cedars Hall and features the stunning harmonies and arrangements of Bath based Vocal Works Gospel Choir directed by Tim King including You Tube R&B soul singer Georgia Box. Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Richard Wyatt, former ITV West and BBC radio presenter. More surprise soloists to be announced. We recommend booking early.
Every year the cream of Wells Cathedral School’s young specialist musicians compete for the chance to step into the limelight for a short recital or concerto performance. Tonight, Eliza (flute), Madeleine (voice) and Gerard (cello) present a programme of music and song in anticipation of the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.
This retrospective exhibition features GCSE work by Wells Cathedral School’s art and photography students from 2016-2018.
You can also view this exhibition during the Wells Festival of Literature which is taking place in Cedars Hall from Friday 19th to Saturday 27th October.
“There are many fine cellists, and then there is Steven Isserlis.”- The Australian
Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, the great British cellist Steven Isserlis makes his Cedars Hall debut with pianist Connie Shih performing music by Franck, Schumann and Martinu plus three of their female muses. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear one of our finest living musicians up close.
Steven is giving a cello masterclass on Friday 28th September, for more invormation please click here.
Illustrated lecture with the Reverend Professor David Thomas.
Wherever they have lived, Muslims have cultivated gardens filled with lush growth and abundant water. With its origins in arid regions, Islam prizes greenery, fountains and pools, and the foretaste they offer of the paradise depicted in the Qur’an. From the perspective of our city’s own gorgeous water gardens surrounding The Bishop’s Palace, David Thomas looks at famous gardens in the Islamic world and their recreation of paradise on earth.
The Specialist Music Scheme at Wells Cathedral School provides advanced training for exceptionally talented young musicians from all over the world. Tonight, two more outstanding performers from this year’s Concerto Competition share a recital showcase. Further details will be announced online when they become available.
Celebration is the theme as Wells’ award-winning choirs unite for some festive choral treasures. We are delighted to welcome our internationally acclaimed alumni choir, The Wellensian Consort, back to Cedars Hall in a unique collaboration with Wells Cathedral School’s excellent Choralia and Chamber Choir.
Expect to be wowed by a feast of choral masterpieces, from Rheinberger, Mendelssohn, Chilcott and Ešenvalds.
Martin burst onto the classical music scene aged just 17 when he won the 2014 BBC Young Musician competition. Since then he has played Gershwin at the Proms, the Beach Boys with Elton John and Stevie Wonder, and at the Queen’s 90th Birthday Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.His Cedars Hall debut includes music by Bach, Beethoven, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. Prepare to be amazed.
“Without John Williams, bikes don’t fly and neither do brooms in Quidditch matches nor do men in red capes. There is no Force, dinosaurs do not walk the earth. We do not wonder, we do not weep, we do not believe.”- Steven Spielberg
Following the sell-out success of last year’s Give My Regards To Broadway, Pete Harrison returns to conduct Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra in a glittering programme of some of the world’s most memorable film music Among unforgettable songs and classic soundtracks will be music from John Williams’ greatest film scores including E.T. and Star Wars. These popular concerts sell out quickly, so book early to hear this outstanding young symphony orchestra spread its musical wings once again.
“Diana Burrell draws colours and music from conventional forces – symphony orchestras, choirs and conventional solo instruments – that are evocative yet quite unlike anything else one has heard.”- Classic CD
Wells Cathedral’s contemporary music festival invites Wells Cathedral School musicians to play their own new works alongside pieces by this year’s featured composer, Diana Burrell, in the atmospheric spaces of the North Transept in Wells Cathedral.Diana writes: “I dislike prettiness. I loathe all blandness, safe, pale and tasteful niceness... Give me strong, rough-edged things, brave disrespectful shapes and sounds, that jangle and jar.”
With Kevin Price, head of student performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Experience the thrilling sound of brass chamber ensembles at close quarters, coached by the uniquely entertaining ex-principal trombone of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Kevin Price.
Drop in at any time during the day (10.00am to 4.00pm) to experience a blast of brass air from some of our most accomplished young ensembles.
With Diana Burrell
“I’m always looking for new styles and juxtaposition of new styles. I can’t bear the attitude of people who say ‘oh, well that works well; therefore I’ll do it again’. I think that’s a kind of artistic death. You need always to take risks.”- Diana Burrell
Composer, viola player, teacher and inveterate musical explorer, Diana Burrell has a lifetime of practical and eclectic experiences to pass on to young composers at Wells Cathedral School. This is a rare opportunity to hear her working live with these musicians on their own pieces. There will also be a question and answer session.
The masterclass will finish at 3.30pm.
This retrospective art exhibition features a superb and wide-ranging collection of artwork created by children in both the pre-prep and junior school during 2017-2018. Displays include ceramics, 3D construction (using cake, wire and recycled materials), drypoint and collagraph printmaking, painting, sketching and designs inspired by artists, geography and literature.
In their distinctive white helmets, the crack musicians of the Royal Marines represent the Royal Navy at historic and ceremonial events across the world as well as providing support roles to its commandos in action. Following a day of recruitment workshops with young musicians, this is a unique chance to hear one of Britain’s great musical institutions.
Pre-concert talk on the work of the Royal Marines Band Service and its musical and military roles - 6.15pm, admission free.
With the Endellion String Quartet
Celebrating its 40th anniversary next year, we are thrilled that the eminent Endellion String Quartet is returning to its roots in the South West by becoming Cedars Hall’s quartet in residence. Over the next two years they will undertake a major programme of performing and teaching at Wells, including a complete cycle of the Beethoven Quartets, kicking off with the quartets op.18 no.3, op.59 no.2 Rasumovsky and op.130 with Beethoven’s alternative finale.Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of Britain’s finest quartets.
With Wells Cathedral School Jazz Orchestra and Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Two roaring big bands on one stage! Enjoy swinging classics to light up an autumn night from Wells Cathedral School’s premier jazz ensemble and their colleagues from across the border. Between them these bands include some of the finest young jazz players in the country, so expect superlative standards of musicianship and virtuosity. Early booking advised - this concert will sell fast.
With Owen Gunnell and Toby Kearney.
O Duo’s sparkling mixture of popular classics arranged for tuned percussion, fun contemporary works and vibrant drumming from across the globe has been captivating audiences for over 10 years. Join them for a teatime family concert with some relaxed, informative chat as the culmination of Wells Cathedral School’s autumn Percussion Instrumental Skills Day.
“Steven Osborne’s power over the hall was absolute… the atmosphere was spellbound.” - RPS Instrumentalist of the Year
Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s finest pianists and a great musical explorer. His insightful performances show huge depth of artistry and virtuoso power. His Cedars Hall debut includes Prokofiev’s shattering Seventh Sonata, music by Debussy and Poulenc, and the great Piano Sonata in B flat D960 by Schubert.
Steven Osborne will also be running a masterclass in the morning at 10.00am. For more details click here.
With Wells Cathedral School Rock and Popular Music Department.
The aim of this special concert, given by the young for the young, is to raise awareness and support for Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity addressing young people’s mental health. Musicians of all ages from Wells Cathedral School will perform classic covers from across the history of rock and popular music alongside their own songs. Youth takes centre stage in thought and performance.
Admission free with a collection for Young Minds.
Woman to Woman sees a unique and timeless collaboration between three of the UK’s most celebrated female Singer-Songwriters. Judie Tzuke, Beverley Craven and Julia Fordham will be taking to the stage together performing their classic hit singles and album tracks.
In celebration of such a special event, for this show, they will also be accompanied by a stunning 20 piece string orchestra featuring some of the UK’s finest young musicians from Wells Cathedral school of music.
This unforgettable experience will be a chance to hear much loved songs including Stay With Me Till Dawn, Promise Me, Where Does The time Go, Welcome to the Cruise, Holding On, Happy Ever After and many more performed like never before.
Reflecting on the upcoming tour, the ladies said “We cannot wait to share a stage together, create beautiful vocal harmonies with each other and collaborate on some possible new material”. This is guaranteed to be a truly memorable and special concert.
VIP Meet and Greet package available
By Michael Morpurgo adapted by Simon Reade.
"I’ve had nearly 18 years of yesterdays and tomorrows, and tonight I must remember as many of them as I can. Tonight, more than any other night of my life, I want to feel alive!”
Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night, he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line. Can a bond and loyalty between brothers overcome the brutality of the front lines and bring them safely home?
Following the past triumphs of Les Misérables, The Crucible and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Wells Cathedral School marks the centenary year of the end of World War I by telling Michael Morpurgo’s compelling tale of love, loyalty, bravery and redemption. Featuring an original live score specially commissioned for the production and an ensemble cast, this is a show not to be missed.
This amateur production of Private Peaceful (Ensemble version) is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.
Wells Cathedral School students - please contact the Box Office for information about how to purchase your ticket.
This concert features an exciting selection of brand new music by young composers at Wells Cathedral School. As usual, expect a broad mix of styles and influences, courtesy of the vivid and fearless musical imaginations of youth. The concert includes instrumental, ensemble and vocal compositions performed by the students.
Haydn’s magnificent London Symphony of 1795 triggers an evening of discovery and engagement with the help of musicologists, historians, period performance practitioners and expert staff and students from Wells Cathedral School.
A complete performance of the work will be preceded by an exploration of the symphony and its time with eminent musicians and speakers including the BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Stephen Johnson, who will reveal the work’s hidden treasures with the help of live illustrations by the orchestra.
And the Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra
“Unquestionably the next big name on the jazz circuit.”- Pizza Express Jazz Club
The Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra knows how to party! Sensational young vocalist Emma Smith won the Rising Star award at the London Music Awards 2015, was nominated for a BBC Jazz gong and won the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Medal. Not bad going for someone who only left college in 2013! Emma joins Cedars Hall’s resident big band for an evening of seasonal classics and more. If you couldn’t get a ticket for the band last time, now’s your chance.
With The Wellensian Consort
Deck the hall, finish your shopping, trim the tree, and then join us in the beautiful surroundings of St Cuthbert’s Church for our second annual Christmas Concert with The Wellensian Consort. The Consort will be performing traditional choral favourites that evoke memories of cherished Christmases past, juxtaposed with stunning contemporary arrangements to get the festive celebrations started in the best possible way. The Wellensian Association and Wells Cathedral School Foundation invite you to enjoy complimentary refreshments after the concert.