Matthew Coleridge

Music Workshops
Requiem in a Day

Come & Sing with Cumbria Festival Chorus

Choral workshop with Cumbria Festival Chorus

St Thomas Church, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4QG. 10:00am - 5:00pm

Cumbria Festival Chorus invites you to join in a glorious day of singing! Why not combine an autumn weekend in the Lake District with the chance to sing this beautiful work with the composer himself. For further information please contact Jenny on 07972 689852, or download the booking form below.

 A great force for good in the choral world  - Alexander Armstrong, Classic FM

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

Details and timings

Timings on the day

  • 10:00 - 10:30

    singer registration

  • 10:30 - 13:00

    morning rehearsal

  • 13:00 - 14:00

    lunch break

  • 14:00 - 16:00

    afternoon rehearsal

  • 16:00 - 16:15

    tea break

  • 16:15 - 17:00

    informal performance - friends and family welcome


Matthew Coleridge - conductor
Iain Pattinson - organ
Vivienne Pooloey - solo cello
Doug Dawson - percussion

 He creates joy and sublime moments... book now before words gets out! 

Meet the team
Matthew Coleridge

Matthew Coleridge

composer & director

One of the UK's most exciting emerging composers, Matthew is a charismatic and engaging choral leader.

His workshops are led with sensitivity and humour, bringing out the best in singers and inspiring a confident performance.

His beautifully melodic and uplifting choral works are widely performed. His 2023 album, Requiem, was chosen as Classic FM's Album of the Week, entering the Specialist Classic Music Chart at #12. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Scala Radio, and recorded by professional ensembles including The Choir of Royal Holloway, The Queen's Six and RSVP Voices.


  I am spreading the word that we have a great piece of new choral  music to enjoy singing - I am still on a high from Saturday’s performance 24 hours later!  
Richard Duckett - Pershore Abbey workshop 2022

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

  Thank you for giving us such an uplifting day , singing in the amazing space of Downside Abbey. Truly, some unforgettable moments for all of us singing.  
Roma Galpin - Downside Abbey workshop 2022

  It was a privilege to take part; you are a consummate musician and taught us with sensitivity and humour - all too rare in choir directors!  
Juliet Grundy - Pershore Abbey workshop 2022

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

  My goosebumps have goosebumps!  
Catherine Priston - Pershore Abbey workshop 2022

  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

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.

"Matthew Coleridge is a great force for good in the choral world" - Alexander Armstrong, Classic FM

Selby Abbey

Selby Abbey
April 22nd 2023

Join Selby Abbey Choir and 200 singers to perform Coleridge & Fauré Requiems in Yorkshire

Selby Abbey

Christchurch Priory
June 10th 2023

One of England's finest parish churches plays host to Requiem in a Day

Downside Abbey

Downside Abbey
Come and Sing Choral Evensong
July 8th 2023

Sing in Choral Evensong at Downside Abbey, featuring Matthew's Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis.

Shrewsbury Abbey

Shrewsbury Abbey
September 9th 2023

Come and sing in the historic abbey in one of England's finest medieval towns

Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral
September 23rd 2023

Experience the thrill of singing in one of England's most spectacular cathedrals


September 30th 2023

workshop in the Lake District with Cumbria Festival Chorus

Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury Abbey
October 7th 2023

Come and sing Requiem in one of England's finest medieval church buildings