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Matthew Coleridge choral composer

Requiem Workshops
Come and sing!

Choral Workshop @ All Saints, Clifton, Bristol
20th November '21

SOCIAL DISTANCING This will be a socially-distanced event, with singers spaced 1m+ apart. Please wear a face mask until you are seated in your place.

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 Matthew's "exquisitely beautiful" REQUIEM, before singing in an atmospheric evening performance, conducted by the composer.

We'll be working alongside organist Jonathan Hope (Gloucester Cathedral), cellist George Owen and soprano Emily Hicks.



Matthew is a charismatic and engaging workshop leader, whose music has been known to reduce choirs to tears!

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

Teresa Stubbs - Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019

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Booking info

Workshop ticket £20

Singer ticket with loan of vocal score on the day

Workshop ticket £25

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

Audience tickets

Audience ticket for the evening concert performance

The workshop fee includes free loan of all vocal scores.

On the day

Getting to All Saints

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 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.

  • By Rail

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

  • 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)

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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.

George Owen

George Owen

George is a cellist from Southwest England. He begun lessons at the age of five with Josef Koos, a Hungarian count who had been Principal of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for 27 years. After a spell in the National Children's Orchestra, George studied at Wells Cathedral School as a Specialist Musician supported by the Department for Education.

After a graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Music from the University of Bristol, George performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with Dorset County Orchestra in Swanage and performed recitals around the world, with highlights including City Hall, Hong Kong, and Seoul Arts Centre, Korea.

He has recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a Masters in Orchestral Performance and is now an extra player with Welsh National Opera.

Emily Hicks

Emily Hicks - Soprano

Soprano Emily Hicks is a familiar face at Matthew’s Requiem in a Day workshops, having previously performed the piece at Portsmouth Cathedral, Dorchester Abbey and Romsey Abbey.

She was a choral scholar at Royal Holloway, singing in the Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum and recording several CDs, including one as a featured soloist. She currently studies with opera singer Anna Gregory.

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.

All Saints Clifton © Chris Guy

Bristol - All Saints, Clifton
Nov 20th 2021

Come and sing Requiem in one of Britain's most striking modernist churches, and the amazing acoustics of All Saints, Clifton.



St Wilfrid's Harrogate

Harrogate - St Wilfrid's
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Cirencester Church © J. Hannan-Briggs

Cirencester - St John the Baptist
Feb 26th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in a breathtaking Cotswold church!



St Cuthbert's Earls Court

London
March 12th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem one of London's finest churches - the Victorian masterpiece St Cuthbert's, Earls Court.



Blackburn Cathedral © David Iliff

Blackburn Cathedral
July 9th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the wonderful Blackburn Cathedral, home to one of the best acoustics (and pipe organs) in the North!



Pershore Abbey © J. Hannan-Briggs

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



Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral
Sept 17th 2022

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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