Come and Sing!

REQUIEM - choral workshop & concert

ALL SAINTS, CLIFTON, BRISTOL BS8 3ED
22nd May 2021

Join composer & conductor Matthew Coleridge for a glorious day of music-making in the striking modernist All Saints Church in the leafy Bristol suburb of Clifton. Spend the day learning his "exquisitely beautiful" REQUIEM, before singing in an atmospheric evening performance, conducted by the composer.

"A glorious piece to sing... a lot of us were in tears by the end of it"

Teresa Stubbs - Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019

All Saints Clifton

image © Chris Guy


Hailed by the late Sir Neville Marriner as "a valuable contribution to 21st Century choral repertoire", Requiem is an uplifting and deeply moving piece to sing. Its young composer is an engaging and charismatic conductor, bringing out the best in singers with enthusiasm and warm encouragement.

Don't miss this opportunity to perform this remarkable piece of music in one of Bristol's finest acoustics!

All Saints Clifton
All Saints Clifton

"This was no ordinary come and sing... informal and relaxed, led with humour and encouragement. As a singer, it felt like a big achievement spend one day learning and performing one splendid work"

Simon O'Hea - Portsmouth Cathedral workshop, 2020

Booking info

Workshop ticket £20

Singer ticket with loan of vocal score on the day

Workshop ticket £27

Singer ticket with advance purchase of vocal score (includes p&p)

Audience tickets

Audience ticket for the evening concert performance

On the day

All Saints, Bristol

Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3ED

One of Britain's most striking and iconic modernist churches, All Saints was built on the site of an earlier church bombed during WWII, and includes fragments of the surviving building. It is bathed in a glorious warm glow from light pouring through its famous windows, and boasts one of the finest acoustics for choral music in the West Country.

  • by road

    By Car

    All Saints' location on the outskirts of the city makes it easily accessible by car (10-15 mins from M5 Junction 19). There is plentiful free parking on Pembroke Road, and also many of the smaller side roads in the immediate vicinity. The same applies for Alma Church, a 5 minute stroll away, where you'll come to register and we'll hold the first of our morning workshop sessions.

  • by bus

    By Bus

    No. 8 bus from Temple Meads (every 10-15 mins) to Alma Vale (100 yards from All Saints).
    No. 505 bus from Long Ashton Park & Ride / Southmead Hospital to Bristol Zoo (10 mins walk from All Saints)

  • by rail

    By Rail

    Clifton Down Railway Station (5-10 mins walk)
    Bristol Temple Meads + no.8 bus to Alma Road

All Saints, Clifton
All Saints, Clifton
All Saints, Clifton
All Saints, Clifton
The performers
Matthew Coleridge

Matthew Coleridge

Composer and conductor Matthew Coleridge (b.1980) is an exciting voice in the British choral music scene. His first choral composition - the Corpus Christi Carol - was recorded by a cappella group The Queen's Six, appearing on the cover CD of BBC Music Magazine's Christmas edition in 2015.

His highly melodic and very approachable compositional style often blends elements of plainsong and medieval music with shimmering modern harmonies - weaving simple melodic lines into rich tapestries of sound.

Requiem (composed 2014-15) was hailed by the late Sir Neville Marriner as "a valuable addition to the 21st century choral repertoire". Is is regularly performed by choirs across the UK, and overseas.

Matthew's 'Requiem in a Day' choral workshops are very popular amongst choral singers, giving them the opportunity to sing this wonderful piece in some of the UK's most prestigious church buildings.

Jonathan Hope

Jonathan Hope

Jonathan Hope is gaining a reputation at home and abroad as one of the most exciting organists of his generation.

Educated at George Abbot School in his hometown of Guildford, he studied initially with Stephen Lacey, John Belcher and David Sanger, and then at the Royal College of Music, London with Margaret Phillips and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin (improvisation).

Jonathan became Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral in March 2014, where he is the principal organist for the cathedral services, director of the Cathedral Youth Choir, Accompanist to the Gloucester Choral Society, Musical Director of the Saint Cecilia Singers, and Festival Organist for the Gloucester Three Choirs Festivals.

Jonathan has released three solo recordings and has appeared in numerous others. In 2015 he released his first solo disc, Gloucester Experience (Willowhayne), featuring Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm. In 2016 he released a DVD, The Grand Organ of Gloucester Cathedral, with Priory (featuring his own transcription of Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). Jonathan's third recording, Redcliffe Experience (Willowhayne), was released in 2019, featuring new works by Neil Cox and Cecilia McDowall, and transcriptions of music by Brahms and Elgar.

Choral workshops

Requiem in a Day workshops

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in some of the country's most inspiring cathedrals, abbeys and churches. All events are directed by the composer.

St Wilfrid's Harrogate

Harrogate - St Wilfrid's
Apr 17th 2021

Come and sing Requiem in one of Yorkshire's most spectacular churches, the vast Gothic Revival church of St Wilfrid. With organist Anthony Gray.



All Saints Clifton © Chris Guy

Bristol - All Saints, Clifton
May 22nd 2021

[Rescheduled event from May 9th 2020]

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the excellent acoustics of one of Britain's most striking modernist churches - the spectacular All Saints, Clifton.



Blackburn Cathedral © David Iliff

Blackburn Cathedral
Jul 10th 2021

One of the best places to sing in the North West, Blackburn Cathedral possesses one of the best pipe organs in the country, and a six-second reverb. Come and join in the fun!



Milton Abbey © flickr/johnelamper

Milton Abbey
Aug 12th 2021

New music workshop on Matthew's latest major choral work. There are few better places to be in August than this spectacular Abbey set amongst Dorset's rolling hills.



Dorchester Abbey © Peter Chapman

Dorchester Abbey
Aug 19th 2021

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the picture postcard village of Dorchester-on-Thames, with an evening performance conducted by the composer. Bring a picnic and enjoy the sunshine!



Romsey Abbey © Jack Pease

Romsey Abbey
Sept 4th 2021

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the Romsey's spectacular Norman abbey, near Southampton.



Exeter Cathedral © Jack Pease

Exeter Cathedral
Sept 25th 2021

[Rescheduled event from Sept 19th 2020]

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem with over 200 singers in one of Europe's most spectacular Medieval cathedrals.



St Mary's Warwick © flickr/jpguffogg

Warwick - St Mary's
Oct 2nd 2021

Come and sing in one of England's finest parish churches - the Collegiate Church of St Mary in Warwick. With Oliver Hancock (organ)



Newport Cathedral

Newport Cathedral
Oct 9th 2021

Join Matthew and professional orchestra the St Woolos Sinfonia, for the Welsh premiere of Requiem, in the wonderful Cathderal of St Woolos Newport, South Wales.



Pershore Abbey © J. Hannan-Briggs

Pershore Abbey
June 18th 2022

[Rescheduled event from June 20th 2020]

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the glorious acoustic of Pershore's superlative Abbey church.



StBarnabas Ealing © Roger Green

London

Originally scheduled for March 2020; awaiting a rescheduled date



Testimonials

A valuable addition to the 21st century choral repertoire
Sir Neville Marriner

This was no ordinary 'come and sing'! A work of exquisite beauty
Music in Portsmouth review, 2020

You are a true tunesmith - well-crafted and inspiring music!
Dr David Price - Master of the Chorister, Portsmouth Cathedral

Beautiful... I find myself entranced by the openness of this music.
Paul Carr - composer

A glorious piece to sing - a lot of us were in tears by the end of it
Teresa Stubbs - Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019

A singular voice - and that is an exceedingly rare thing!
Michael McGlynn - Anúna

A joy and privilege to sing this most beautiful piece of music under the direction of the composer himself
Heather Harvey - Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019

Thank you for a wonderful day. You were so encouraging and patient. I can't imagine not singing your Requiem again. I absolutely loved the day!
Monica Kent - Louth workshop 2019

We were enthralled by the pure beauty of your Requiem. Parts of it were quite exquisite and we loved the fact that you, the composer, were directing us with such skill and clarity of conducting. Thank you so very much for a phenomenal day
Jeanne Apsland - Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019