REQUIEM IN A DAY Dorchester Abbey Thurs 20th August 2020

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's intensely beautiful and deeply moving REQUIEM in the historic Dorchester Abbey.

Spend the day learning this exquisite piece of music, before giving an atmospheric evening performance in the beautiful Abbey.

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Matthew ColeridgeMatthew Coleridge
composer & conductor
Sarah GaitSarah Gait
Laurence CaldecoteLaurence Caldecote

Join composer Matthew Coleridge for a day of singing in the historic and beautiful Dorchester Abbey.

We'll be joined by cello soloist Sarah Gait, organist Laurence Caldecote and soprano soloist Emily Hicks, as we work through Matthew's beautiful Requiem, before giving and atmospheric evening performance.

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On the day...

Details of the day

09:00 singer registration and distribution of music (music loan is included in the workshop fee)

09:30 morning workshop around the piano, with Matthew Coleridge and Laurence Caldecote

12:30 break for lunch. You'll find a selection of pubs and cafés in the village, or enjoy a picnic in the Abbey grounds.

14:00 - 17:00 afternoon rehearsal, with cellist Sarah Gait and Laurence Caldecote at the organ.

19:00 - 20:00 concert performance. You'll sing Matthew's Requiem in an atmospheric concert at Dorchester Abbey. Our soloists will perform items during the first half hour of the concert

Booking info

Workshop tickets (£20) includes music loan for the day.

To purchase a vocal score, which will be posted in advance, choose the (£27) option.

Under 18's welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire

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

Nearest station is Didcot Parkway

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.

Dorchester Abbey
Dorchester Abbey
Dorchester Abbey
Dorchester Abbey
The Musicians
Matthew Coleridge

Matthew Coleridge
composer & conductor

Matt is rapidly gaining a reputation as an inspiring and energetic workshop leader. His Requiem-in-a-Day workshops are led with "humour, skill and encouragement" (Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019), gathering momentum through the day before culminating in moving performances of his music. He has "an extraordinary ability to make singers believe they can produce what he has in mind" (SWEMF workshop 2018).

His choral music has been performed around the world, and has been recorded and broadcast by professional ensembles including The Queens Six, Kantos Chamber Choir and RSVP Voices.

Sarah Gait

Sarah Gait
cello soloist

London-based cellist Sarah Gait recently completed a Master of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of professors Guy Johnston and Robert Cohen. Originally from North Cumbria, Sarah previously graduated with a First Class BMus(Hons) degree from the Royal Northern College of Music. Sarah has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in venues across Europe and the UK, including for BBC Radio 3’s Live in Concert and on Italian Radio 3. She has featured in Classical Music Magazine and works to promote the role of classical music with young people, currently appearing as Ambassador for the BBC Proms Inspire Scheme.

Sarah is grateful for the support of generous individuals and charitable foundations, including the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation, EMI Music Sound Foundation and BBC Fame Academy. She is also the recipient of prizes including the BBC Proms Young Composer’s Competition, RNCM Weil Prize for Chamber Music, JRNCM Director’s Prize, prize-winner in the RAM Jacob Barnes Prize and RNCM Rosamond Prize (winning performance), and a recently announced finalist of the Cumbria Life Culture Awards.

Laurence Caldecote

Laurence Caldecote

Organist Laurence Caldecote holds a BA Hons in Music Composition and Professional Practice from Coventry University and studied composition with Robert Ramskill. He was one of the accompanists to the Performing Arts Choir, under Paul Leddington Wright, and gained further experience in choral leadership whilst Director to the Coventry University Performing Arts Chamber Choir.

He currently holds the position Associate Organist at St. Nicolas Parish Church, Nuneaton. He accompanies the choir there for services, concerts, the annual tour to Bridlington Priory and accompanied the service of Lessons and Carols in December 2007 which was broadcast on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

As an organ recitalist, Laurence has played many venues around the UK including the Anglican Cathedrals of Bradford, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Sheffield and Wakefield as well as Christchurch Priory, St. Bride’s Fleet Street, London, Blenheim Palace, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

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