Come and Sing!

EVENT POSTPONED due to covid-19. I hope to reschedule for 2021

Exeter Cathedral, Devon EX1 1HS

Saturday 19th September 2020 • 9am - 9pm

Join composer Matthew Coleridge and cello soloist Jamal Aliyev for a glorious day of music making in Exeter's stunning medieval cathedral.

You'll spend the day learning this amazing piece of music, before singing in an atmospheric evening performance, conducted by the composer!

We'll also be joined by the cathedral's organist Tim Noon, and world-class Swedish soprano soloist Karin Dahlberg.

Jamal Aliyev
Karin Dahlberg
Tim Noon
Matthew Coleridge
Exeter Cathedral

One of Europe's finest medieval cathedrals, and home to the longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. It is most famous for its two Norman towers, impressive west front carvings, the 15 Century Astronomical Clock, a complete set of Misericords and its highly decorated tombs, bosses and corbels. The Cathedral prides itself on its choral tradition which dates back nearly 900 years.

Booking info

Workshop ticket £25

Singer ticket with loan of vocal score on the day

Workshop ticket £32

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

Audience ticket £10-15

Audience ticket for the evening concert performance

On the day

Getting to Exeter Cathedral

  • by road

    By Car

    Exeter Cathedral is within easy reach of the M5 and A30, within striking distance of Bristol, Taunton, Plymouth and beyond.

    Southernhay Gardens / Dean Clarke House Premier Parking Solutions car park (EX1 1SG; £7 for 12 hours) is 5 minutes' walk from the Cathedral and our morning rehearsal venue.

    Exeter Central station car park (£5.60 all day) is a 10 minute walk.

    All-day parking (£3.50) at Flowerpot Lane (EX4 1DH), Okehampton Street (EX4 1DY) and Haven Banks (EX2 8DP) car parks - approx 15 mins walk to the Cathedral.

    The main shoppers car parks in Exeter city centre (Mary Arches and Guildhall Centre) cost £12-15 for the day.

  • by rail

    By Rail

    Exeter Central (5 mins walk), St Thomas (13 mins walk), St Davids (15 mins walk)

  • by rail

    By Bus

    Coach transport for singers in West Dorset will be available. Details to follow.

Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral

Dorchester Abbey images courtesy of flickr: Derek Winterburn, flickr: Gary Campbell-Hall and Exeter Cathedral.

The performers
Jamal Aliyev

Jamal Aliyev - cello

One of the most exciting young cellists of his generation, in 2019 Jamal made his debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the St. Magnus Festival broadcast by Radio 3. Over the last year Jamal has appeared as soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, CBSO Youth Orchestra, Istanbul Symphony, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey and the Symphony Orchestra Simón Bolívar of Venezuela.

Karin Dahlberg

Karin Dahlberg - soprano

Swedish soprano Karin Dahlberg is an internationally-acclaimed soloist who time and again overwhelms her audience performing works ranging from baroque to contemporary music. She is hailed for her scenic charisma, sense of style and a wonderful timbre throughout her vocal range. She sings on Anne Sofie von Otter's album "Bach" (Deutsche Grammophon) which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010. In recent years, Karin has enjoyed enormous success in Germany, with numerous appearances as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Tim Noon

Tim Noon - organ

Timothy Noon received his early music education as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral, later learning the organ with Dr Roy Massey. At the age of seventeen he was appointed Organ Scholar of Canterbury Cathedral, and the following year became Organ Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford where he also read for a degree in music. In 1993 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, winning six prizes in the examination, including the coveted Limpus prize. On graduating with First Class Honours, Timothy was appointed sub-organist of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. He returned to Canterbury Cathedral as Assistant Organist in January 1997, subsequently becoming Organist and Master of the Choristers of St Davids Cathedral (Wales), then Director of Music at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool.

He has appeared many times on television and radio and has made numerous commercial recordings to date as soloist, accompanist and conductor. As an organist, he is a frequent solo performer, giving concerts in many prestigious venues across Europe and New Zealand.

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.

Newport Cathedral

Newport Cathedral
Jan 16th 2021

[contingency date May 15th 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 Mary's Warwick © flickr/jpguffogg

Warwick - St Mary's
Feb 6th 2021

Come and sing in one of England's finest parish churches - the Collegiate Church of St Mary in Warwick. With Oliver Hancock (organ)

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.


Kendal, Lake District
June 12th 2021

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.

Blackburn Cathedral © David Iliff

Blackburn Cathedral
Jul 10th 2021 (date TBC)

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 (date TBC)

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

Originally scheduled for September 2020; awaiting a rescheduled date

Pershore Abbey © J. Hannan-Briggs

Pershore Abbey

Originally scheduled for June 2020; awaiting a rescheduled date

StBarnabas Ealing © Roger Green


Originally scheduled for March 2020; awaiting a rescheduled date


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