Come and Sing!

REQUIEM - choral workshop & concert

DORCHESTER ABBEY, OXFORDSHIRE, OX10 7HH
19th AUGUST 2021

Join composer & conductor Matthew Coleridge for a glorious day of music-making in historic Dorchester Abbey. Spend the day learning his "exquisitely beautiful" REQUIEM, before singing in an atmospheric evening performance, 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

Dorchester Abbey

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.

Don't miss this opportunity to perform this remarkable piece of music in one of Britain's most historic rural churches.

Dorchester Abbey
Dorchester Abbey

"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 £27

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

Audience tickets

Audience ticket for the evening concert performance

On the day

Dorchester Abbey

High St, Dorchester on Thames, Wallingford OX10 7HH

Set on the banks of the Thames in a picturesque Oxfordshire village, Dorchester Abbey is a vibrant and historic church with an enviable reputation for classical music performances.

  • by road

    By Car

    Dorchester on Thames is a 10-15 drive south of Oxford, off the A4074. It is within easy reach of Didcot, Abingdon, Henley, Reading, Newbury, Aylesbury, High Wycombe

    Car parking facilities will be available at the nearby sports ground.

  • by rail

    By Rail

    Nearest station is Didcot Parkway.

Dorchester Abbey
Dorchester Abbey
Dorchester Abbey
Dorchester Abbey

Dorchester Abbey images courtesy of flickr: Pe51ter Chapman and other Creative Commons sources.

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.

Laurence Caldecote

Laurence Caldecote

Born and educated in the Home Counties, Laurence started piano lessons age 4, cello lessons age 9, and organ lessons age 11. He held his first organist post the following year. Having studied music composition with Robert Ramskill at Coventry University, he graduated with a 2:1 in Music Composition and Professional Practice. While at university, he was Organ Scholar at St. Nicolas’ Nuneaton, and stayed on to serve as Associate Organist until 2017.

Since January 2018, Laurence has held the post of Assistant Organist at All Saints’, Northampton, and is an experienced accompanist, specialising in choral accompaniment and work with solo vocalists. He studies the organ with Richard Brasier in Upminster, and previously studied with Dr. Martin Moxham, Geoffrey Holroyde, Tim Campain, and Kerry Beaumont.

He is an active recitalist, and has played venues in the UK, Norway and the USA. As a teacher, Laurence specialises in improvisation. He is also an accomplished pianist as well as an active and published composer; his choral music is published by Chichester Music Press, with some psalm chants published in a new volume entitled ‘Cantica Novum 2’. His organ compositions are available to buy and download from sheetmusicplus.com.

Laurence is a member of the Royal School of Church Music’s committee in the Northampton and Peterborough area. In his free time, Laurence enjoys swimming, walks in the countryside, photography and reading about the political and architectural history of Britain, especially churches and public buildings. A member of the National Trust, Laurence enjoys visiting the properties and the surrounding areas.

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.

St Wilfrid's Harrogate

Harrogate - St Wilfrid's
Apr 17th 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.



All Saints Clifton © Chris Guy

Bristol - All Saints, Clifton
May 22nd 2021

[Rescheduled event from 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.



Blackburn Cathedral © David Iliff

Blackburn Cathedral
Jul 10th 2021

One of the best places to sing in the North West, Blackburn Cathedral possesses one of the best pipe organs in the country, and a six-second reverb. Come and join in the fun!



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.



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.



StBarnabas Ealing © Roger Green

London

Originally scheduled for March 2020; awaiting a rescheduled date



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