Come and Sing!

REQUIEM - choral workshop & concert

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST, CIRENCESTER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE GL7 2NX • 26th FEBRUARY 2022

Join composer & conductor Matthew Coleridge and organist Hugo Kennard for a glorious day of music-making in the stunning church of St John the Baptist, Cirencester.

Spend the day learning Matthew's "exquisitely beautiful" REQUIEM, before singing in an atmospheric evening performance in one of England's finest churches, 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

St John the Baptist Cirencester

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.

Cirencester Parish Church
Cirencester Parish Church

"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 + vocal score £27

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

Audience tickets

Audience ticket for the evening concert performance

On the day

St John the Baptist, Cirencester

5 Market Place, Cirencester, GL7 2NX

One of England's finest parish churches, St John the Baptist dominates the historic market square in Cirencester, 'The Capital of the Cotswolds'. Described by Simon Jenkins as "a masterpiece of Perpendicular art", it is a terrific place to spend a day singing.

  • by road

    By Car

    Just off the A417, Cirencester is within easy reach of Cheltenham, Gloucester and Swindon. The Beeches car park on the edge of town (7 mins walk) offers all day parking for £2.50.

St John the Baptist, Cirencester
St John the Baptist, Cirencester
St John the Baptist, Cirencester
St John the Baptist, Cirencester
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.

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.

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.



St Wilfrid's Harrogate

Harrogate - St Wilfrid's
Nov 13th 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.



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.



Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral
Sept 17th 2022

Come and sing in the stunning Arundel Cathedral, in one of England's most picturesque towns.



StBarnabas Ealing © Roger Green

London

rescheduled date TBC



All Saints Clifton © Chris Guy

Bristol - All Saints, Clifton

rescheduled date TBC



Blackburn Cathedral © David Iliff

Blackburn Cathedral

rescheduled date TBC



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