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Matthew Coleridge choral composer

Requiem Workshops
Come and sing!

Choral Workshop @ St Wilfrid's, Harrogate
Saturday 19th February 2022

Join composer & conductor Matthew Coleridge and organist Anthony Gray for a glorious day of music-making in the Gothic Revival masterpiece of St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate. Spend the day learning Matthew's "exquisitely beautiful" REQUIEM, before singing in an atmospheric evening performance to commemorate Remembrance, conducted by the composer.



Matthew is a charismatic and engaging workshop leader, whose music has been known to reduce choirs to tears! He'll be joined by organist Anthony Gray for this exciting event.

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

Teresa Stubbs - Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019

Matthew Coleridge Anthony Gray
Booking info

Workshop only £20

Singer ticket for the choral workshop, with a vocal score borrowed for the day

Workshop + Vocal Score Purchase £27

Singer ticket for the choral workshop, with a vocal score sent to you in advance

Audience tickets

Audience ticket for the evening concert performance

On the day

Getting to St Wilfrid's

Duchy Rd, Harrogate HG1 2EY

  • One of England's great new parish churches, St Wilfrid's is a Gothic Revival masterpiece built in the early 20th century by renowned architect Temple Moore. Described by Betjeman as "vast in every direction", it is a terrific space to fill with wonderful choral music!

  • By Car

    Close to the A61 and A59, and a short stroll from Harrogate's elegant historic centre, the church has its own car park, or there is plentiful free parking on the surrounding residential streets.

  • By Rail

    Harrogate's railway station is a 15-20 minute walk from the church. There are regular, direct trains from Leeds (40 mins) and York (35 mins).

  • By Bus

    The X12 bus route stops a few hundred yards from the church.

St Wilfrid's
St Wilfrid's
St Wilfrid's
St Wilfrid's
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.

Anthony Gray

Anthony Gray - organ

St Wilfrid's Director of Music, Anthony was an organ scholar at Bradford Cathedral and later at Southwell Minster, where he regularly directed and accompanied the Cathedral’s three choirs as well as assisting in the training of the young choristers in the music foundation.

In 2018, he graduated from Robinson College Cambridge where held the Basil Shone Organ Scholarship. He was also the organist for St. John’s Voices and the accompanist for the Cambridgeshire Choral Society. He undertook a number of major tours with Robinson College Choir, St. John’s Voices and The Robinson Consort, a group of 16 singers focussing on contemporary repertoire which he co-founded and directed, to destinations including East Asia, Switzerland, Portugal and the Opera Festival in St-Remy-En-Provence, as well as a number of domestic locations and Cathedrals.

Anthony is also a fine composer, reaching the finals of the BBC Radio 3 Carol Competition, 2019.

Louise Alp

Louise Alp - soprano

Louise studied Music at the University of Huddersfield, graduating in 2013. At University, she was a member of the University Choir and Chamber Choir, and a soloist in St Nicholas by Benjamin Britten, with the University Choir. She was also a soloist in the University’s 2012 production ‘The Fairy Queen’ and performed as part of a duo with the Chamber Choir at the York Early Music Centre.Louise was taught by Andrew Slater, Rachel Nicholls, Ruth Yarborough and Maria Bovino and now studies with composer & conductor Tim Knight.

While studying, Louise won the British Composer Class at the Harrogate Music Festival in 2011, and went on to win the Recital Class in 2013. She is also an experienced Chorister and is part of the choir at Christ Church, Harrogate, having achieved the RSCM Gold Award.

Louise specialises in mainly early music, but also sings traditional folk song & 20th century repertoire.

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.

All Saints Clifton © Chris Guy

Bristol - All Saints, Clifton
Nov 20th 2021

Come and sing Requiem in one of Britain's most striking modernist churches, and the amazing acoustics of All Saints, Clifton.



St Wilfrid's Harrogate

Harrogate - St Wilfrid's
Feb 19th 2022

Come and sing Requiem in one of Yorkshire's most spectacular churches, the vast Gothic Revival church of St Wilfrid. With organist Anthony Gray.



Cirencester Church © J. Hannan-Briggs

Cirencester - St John the Baptist
Feb 26th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in a breathtaking Cotswold church!



St Cuthbert's Earls Court

London
March 12th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem one of London's finest churches - the Victorian masterpiece St Cuthbert's, Earls Court.



Blackburn Cathedral © David Iliff

Blackburn Cathedral
July 9th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the wonderful Blackburn Cathedral, home to one of the best acoustics (and pipe organs) in the North!



Pershore Abbey © J. Hannan-Briggs

Pershore Abbey
July 16th 2022

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.



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