Requiem in a Day

Requiem in a Day: Bristol

All Saints, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3ED • Saturday 9th May 2020

Come-and-sing choral workshop and evening performance

Join composer Matthew Coleridge in one of England's most iconic modernist churches - with a wonderful acoustic for choral singing.

Matthew will guide us through his Requiem, before we give an atmospheric evening performance in the warm glow from the John Piper stained glass windows. We'll be working alongside Gloucester Cathedral's Assistant Director of Music, the acclaimed organist Jonathan Hope

We'll also be joined by emerging young cellist and composer George Owen, a Master's student at the RWCMD.

An unforgettable day of music-making in the beautiful church of All Saints.

Jonathan Hope George Owen

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

Further info

Details of the day

09:00 singer registration and distribution of music (music hire is included in the workshop fee). At ALMA CHURCH, St John's Road, Clifton BS8 2ES

09:30 warm-ups and morning rehearsals. Matt will guide us through his Requiem, note-bashing and part-learning.

11:00 mid-morning break, and move to All Saints Church (a 5 minute walk away).

11:30 rehearsals at All Saints Church, accompanied by Jonathan Hope (Assistant Director of Music, Gloucester Cathedral)

13:00 break for lunch. You'll find a wide selection of cafés and coffee shops nearby.

14:30 - 17:30 afternoon rehearsal, with cellist George Owen, Jonathan Hope at the organ, and our professional soloists.

19:00 - 20:00 concert performance. You'll sing Matthew's Requiem in an atmospheric concert at All Saints. Our soloists will perform items during the first half hour of the concert

Booking info

Workshop tickets (£20) includes all music hire for the day.

Audience tickets (£10) for the evening concert can also be purchased using the booking link below.

All Saints, Clifton

There is plentiful free (unrestricted) parking on the residential streets around All Saints and Alma Church.

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)

Clifton Down Railway Station (7 mins walk)
Bristol Temple Meads + no.8 bus to Alma Road

One of England's most iconic modernist churches, in the vibrant setting of Clifton. It possesses a fine and intimate acoustic for choral singing, and is bathed in a colourful glow from its John Piper stained glass windows.

PLEASE NOTE: we will begin the morning sessions at nearby Alma Church, moving to All Saints once their morning Mass has finished.

The Musicians
Matthew Coleridge

Matthew Coleridge
composer & conductor

Matt is rapidly gaining a reputation as an inspiring and energetic workshop leader. His Requiem-in-a-Day workshops are led with "humour, skill and encouragement" (Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019), gathering momentum through the day before culminating in moving performances of his music. He has "an extraordinary ability to make singers believe they can produce what he has in mind" (SWEMF workshop 2018).

His choral music has been performed around the world, and has been recorded and broadcast by professional ensembles including The Queens Six, Kantos Chamber Choir and RSVP Voices.

George Owen

George Owen
cello soloist

A current Master's student at RWCMD, cellist and composer George Owen studied at the University of Bristol, graduating with First Class honours in music. He was awarded the Sir Thomas Beecham Scholarship for outstanding orchestral playing. Recent performances include the Elgar Cello Concerto with Dorset County Orchestra. George played solo cello in the second ever performance of Matthew Coleridge's Requiem, in 2016.

Jonathan Hope

Jonathan Hope

Jonathan Hope is quickly gaining a reputation at home and abroad as one of the most dynamic young organists of his generation. He has been Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral since 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 Accompanist to the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival Chorus.

Increasingly in demand as an organ recitalist, Jonathan’s concert career to date has taken him throughout the UK, as well as France, Germany, Italy, the USA and Australia. He has performed solo recitals at Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Saint-Sulpice, Paris. In 2015 he released his first solo disc, Gloucester Experience (Willowhayne Records).