MATTHEW COLERIDGE • choral composer & conductor

Come and Sing!

Join composer Matthew Coleridge for a glorious day of singing in the iconic church of All Saints, in Bristol's leafy suburb of Clifton.

You'll spend the day learning this amazing piece of music, before singing in an atmospheric evening performance, (conducted by the composer) in the church's renowned acoustic.

Falling the day after the VE Day 75th anniversary, we'll also perform music by three composers killed or badly wounded in battle - George Butterworth, Jehan Alain and André Caplet - interspersed with movements of Bach's wonderful Solo Cello Suites.



Coronavirus update: we're planning to go ahead with this event as scheduled, but have also booked All Saints for Saturday July 11th as a contingency plan should we need to reschedule.

Matthew Coleridge

Matthew Coleridge (composer & conductor)

Emily Hicks

Emily Hicks (soprano)

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 ticket £10

Audience ticket for the evening concert performance

On the day

All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3ED

& Alma Church, St John's Road, Clifton BS8 2ES

Saturday 9th May 2020 • 9:30am - 8pm

All Saints Clifton © Chris Guy

John Piper's magnificent Baptistry window. Photo © Chris Guy. Used by kind permission.

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, by the renowned artist (and frequent Britten collaborator), John Piper.

All Saints also boasts one of the finest acoustics for choral music in the West Country.

The church is perfectly situated, with restaurants and cafés and a small convenience store on adjacent Alma Road. Clifton Downs are a 5 minute walk, - bring a picnic lunch! - whilst Whiteladies Road and its abundance of shops, cafés and restaurants is a 10 minute walk.

Getting to All Saints

  • 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

The performers
Jonathan Hope

Jonathan Hope (organ)

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).

Benjamin Dry

Benjamin Dry (cello)

Cellist Benjamin Dry moved to the UK in 2014 from South Africa, where he studied the cello with Magdalena Roux at the Stellenbosch Conservatoire and was successful in several competitions. Further scholarships took him to America for four years’ study at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Oberlin Conservatory.

Returning to South Africa, Benjamin gave recitals in and around Cape Town, also studying Eurythmy and working on a family biodynamic farm.

In the UK Benjamin has worked with pianist and composer, Geoffrey Poole in the Ruscombe duo. Benjamin leads the cello section in the Stroud Symphony Orchestra. Current performances include frequent solo recitals of the Bach cello suites and duo collaboration with pianist and composer, James D'Angelo.

Emily Hicks

Emily Hicks (soprano)

Emily was a choral scholar at Royal Holloway, University of London. She was a member of the Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum, and recorded several CDs with the choir, including one as a featured soloist. She has also sung in several UK cathedrals and European venues with the choir.

Emily currently studies singing with opera singer Anna Gregory. When she's not singing, Emily can be found running Bridport Museum in Dorset.

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.

Workshops 2020

Requiem in a Day 2020 - 21

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 James, Sussex Gardens. Image credit: ExploreChurches.org

London / Mar 28th 2020

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in one of London's most beautiful Victorian Gothic churches - St James, Sussex Gardens, Paddington. We'll be working with cello soloist Olivia da Costa and organist George de Voil.

All Saints Clifton

Bristol / 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. With cello soloist George Owen, and Gloucester Cathedral organist Jonathan Hope.

Pershore Abbey

Pershore Abbey / June 20th 2020

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the wonderful acoustics of Pershore's Medieval Abbey, with an evening performance conducted by the composer. With cello soloist Maxim Calver (BBC Young Musician finalist 2018) and The Real String Orchestra.

Pershore Abbey

Lake District / June 6th 2020

Cumbria's Levens Choir invites you to come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the Lake District town of Kendal. This enjoyable day of music-making with conclude with an informal sing-through. Download a booking form below.

Dorchester Abbey

Dorchester Abbey / Aug 2020

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! With cellist Sarah Gait and organist Laurence Caldecote.

Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral / Sept 19th 2020

Join 250 singers to perform Matthew Coleridge's Requiem, and experience the rapture of singing in one of England's finest Medieval Cathedrals. With cello soloist Jamal Aliyev, acclaimed soprano Karin Dahlberg, and Exeter Cathedral's organist Timothy Noon.



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