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Matthew Coleridge choral composer

Requiem Workshops
Come and sing!

Requiem Choral Workshop @ St Cuthbert's, Earls Court
12th March '22

Join composer & conductor Matthew Coleridge for a glorious day of music-making in the stunning Victorian church of St Cuthbert, Earls Court.

We’ll spend the day learning Matthew’s sublime Requiem, a work bursting with beautifully created melodies, shimmering harmonies, and dramatic climaxes.

The day will culminate with the London premiere performance, in a concert to raise funds for St Cuthbert's organ appeal.

With Richard Gowers (organ), Gabriella Swallow (cello) and Verity Bramson (soprano).

This will be a socially-distanced event, with singers spaced at 1m+ distances. Please take a Lateral Foow Test before attending.



Matthew is an engaging and charismatic leader, teasing the very best out of his singers with warmth, humour and gentle encouragement. His music was hailed by the late Sir Neville Marriner as “a valuable addition to 21st century choral music”.

As well as the singing, you’ll find out about the creative process, hearing about the inspirations and influences behind the piece’s diverse movements.

"He creates joy and sublime moments. Book your place now before word gets out!"

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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

Free admission with retiring collection

On the day

Getting to St Cuthbert's

Philbeach Gardens, Earls Court, London SW5 9EB

  • A late Victorian masterpiece, St Cuthbert's is one of London's hidden gems - a magnificent building with an extraordinary interior and an Baroque-style reredos.

  • By Car

    St Cuthbert's is located just off the A4 West Cromwell Road. Resident's only parking applies on Saturdays until 6:30pm (Kensington & Chelsea).

  • By Rail

    Earls Court (District & Piccadilly lines) is a five-minute walk.
    West Brompton (overground) is 10-minutes' walk, and is a 7-minute ride from Clapham Junction.
    Gloucester Road (Circle Line) is 20-mins walk.

  • By Bus

    Nearest stops are Earls Court Station or Warwick Road Tesco (5-mins walk)

St Cuthbert's
St Cuthbert's
St Cuthbert's
St Cuthbert's

images © David Iliff

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.

Richard Gowers

Richard Gowers - organ

Richard grew up in Cambridge in a family of academics, and was a chorister in the Choir of King’s College, where he sang the famous ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ solo at the 2007 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. He spent a year studying organ and piano at the Mendelssohn Conservatoire in Leipzig before returning to King’s as organ scholar in 2014-2017 and graduating with a starred first in Music. With King’s College Choir he performed at major venues and festivals around the world, including Aldeburgh Festival, BBC Proms 2016, Concertgebouw, MDR Musiksommer, Rheingau, Vancouver and tours of the USA and China. In 2018 he released a critically-acclaimed debut CD of Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur, which was a Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’.

Richard is based in London, where he combines performing with teaching positions at Cambridge University, Tiffin and Westminster Schools and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He is the Director of Music at St Saviour’s Church, Pimlico, where he conducts several choirs, curates a concert series and runs the music outreach programme Sing After School. During the Covid-19 pandemic he has made numerous recordings for the 6000-strong Self-Isolation Choir. In May 2020 he started an online harmony course aimed at levelling up disadvantaged music students from diverse backgrounds, which has since been adopted annually by Cambridge University. He is a passionate advocate of musicians’ rights in the current political climate, and has a weakness for dry humour and artisan crisps.

Gabriella Swallow

Gabriella Swallow - cello

Gabriella Swallow has emerged as one of the most versatile and exciting cellists of her generation. She studied at The Royal College of Music with Jerome Pernoo. She was awarded the coveted Tagore Gold Medal and performed Hugh Wood’s Cello Concerto in her final year after winning the concerto competition.As a soloist Gabriella went on to make her South Bank debut withthe London Sinfonietta in the world premiere of 'About Water' by Mark-Anthony Turnage. In the same year she performed Paul Max Edlin's Cello Concerto with the South Bank Sinfonia, which firmly launched her place as a leading performer of contemporary music. This has led her to commission and work with many of the major living Composers of today.

In 2013 she made her Wigmore Hall debut with the soprano Ruby Hughes and in the same season performed at the La Jolla SummerFest in San Diego, the Aldeburgh Festival with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Cambridge Jazz Festival as a member of the celebrated British Jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock's Quintet. She toured the U.K. with Nigel Kennedy and his new Four Season band. In 2019 she continued her collaboration with Kennedy playing concerts of Gershwin and in Poland they performed his Hendrix Project with legendary guitarist Mike Stern.

Gabriella is very involved with the classical club night scene and has acted as string curator of Music Orbit's string night 'Strung Out' and performs frequently at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club 'Classical Kicks' night curated by violinist Lizzie Ball and at Gabriel Prokofiev's Nonclassical club nights. In February 2014 she launched her first classical club night under her own name 'Gabriella Swallow and her Urban Family' at The Forge in Camden. This concert featured artists such as Guy Johnston, Ian Shaw, Martynas Levikis and The Ronnie Scott's All Stars. Gabriella was invited to play with her band at the Wilderness Festival. On July 12th 2016 she hosted an Urban Family concert in aid of the Calais Jungle again at the Forge in Camden with performers including Judith Owen, Ruth McGinley and actor Victoria Hamilton.

Verity Bramson

Verity Bramson - soprano

Verity Bramson is a freelance soprano and singing teacher in demand in London and the South East. With a special interest in singing voice rehabilitation, her teaching has a strong technical basis and aims to dispel many of the common myths surrounding vocal technique. Her natural empathy and ability to draw upon her pupils’ personal interests aims to to instil a lifelong love of singing beyond the teaching room.

Born in Malvern, Worcestershire, she read Music at Cambridge University alongside a choral scholarship with the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, and completed her post graduate vocal studies with Distinction at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, under the tutelage of Sophie Grimmer and Patricia Rozario OBE. Her postgraduate studies were generously supported by the William Gibbs Educational Trust as a scholar at St. John’s Hyde Park. She continues her own vocal studies privately with Dr Jenevora Williams and is currently completing an MA in Voice Pedagogy with the University of Wales Trinity St. David and Voiceworkshop.

Verity has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St James Piccadilly, the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Thursford Christmas Spectacular. Operatic roles include Gretel/ Dew Fairy ‘Hansel and Gretel' and Novice ‘Suor Angelica’, Dido/ Second Woman 'Dido and Aeneas' and Amore/ Damigella ‘L'Incoronazione di Poppea’, Miss Wordsworth ‘Albert Herring’, Zerlina ‘Don Giovanni’, and Andrea 'Jerry Springer the Opera'. Concert repertoire includes Mozart ‘Mass in C Minor’ and ‘Coronation Mass’, Chilcott ‘Requiem’ Mozart, Handel 'Saul' and ‘Messiah’, Bach ‘St Matthew Passion’, and Britten’s ‘Les Illuminations’.

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.

Christ's Hospital

Christ's Hospital
May 14th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in an event hosted by Christ's Hospital Choral Society



Downside Abbey

Downside Abbey
June 18th 2022

A rare opportunity to sing in Downside Abbey, with massed choirs from Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset!



Blackburn Cathedral © David Iliff

Blackburn Cathedral
July 9th 2022

Explore Matthew's choral works in the wonderful Blackburn Cathedral, home to one of the best acoustics (and pipe organs) in the North!



Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral
Sept 17th 2022

Come and sing in the stunning Arundel Cathedral, in one of England's most picturesque towns.



Pershore Abbey © J. Hannan-Briggs

Pershore Abbey
October 15th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the glorious acoustic of Pershore's superlative Abbey church.



Bath

Bath
October 22nd 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in an event hosted by Lucis Choir and Francis Faux



Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral
February 11th 2023

Come and Sing in Derby's gorgeous Georgian Cathedral



Selby Abbey

Selby Abbey
April 22nd 2023

Come and Sing in the astonishing beauty of Yorkshire's Selby Abbey



Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral
September 23rd 2023

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



Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury Abbey
October 7th 2023

Experience the thrill of singing in one of England's finest churches!



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