Requiem in a Day

Requiem in a Day: Louth

St James Church, Louth, LN11 9YD • Saturday 2nd November 2019

Come-and-sing choral workshop and concert by candlelight

+ music by Lincolnshire composer Caroline Anne
with Gabriella Swallow (cello) and Jeffrey Makinson (organ)

Join composer Matthew Coleridge as we learn his stunning Requiem, before giving an atmospheric evening performance for All Souls Day.

We'll also be joined by Lincolnshire composer Caroline Anne, and will be singing her beautiful choral music.

The historic medieval church of St James is one of the finest in Lincolnshire. With a generous acoustic and fine pipe organ, it's a wonderful place for a day's singing.

We'll spend the morning exploring the Requiem and part-learning with Matt and Caroline. After a break for lunch we'll be joined by acclaimed cello soloist Gabriella Swallow and Jeffrey Makinson, sub-organist of Lincoln Cathedral, plus our soloists Gaynor Morgan and Allan Smith.

A not-to-be-missed opportunity to work with two contemporary composers, hearing unique insights into how they created their wonderfully uplifting music.

concert poster photo credit Michael Garlick
Workshop tickets (£20)
includes all music hire for the day

"A glorious piece to sing... a lot of us were in tears by the end of it" Teresa Stubbs, Buckfast Abbey workshop, March 2019

Further info

Details of the day

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

09:30 morning rehearsals. Matt will guide us through his Requiem, accompanied by Caroline Anne at the piano. We'll also learn the Introit and Kyrie from Caroline's Requiem. There will be a mid-morning refreshments break, and some short sectional rehearsals.

12:30 break for lunch. You'll find a wide selection of cafés and coffee shops nearby.

14:15 - 17:15 afternoon rehearsal. We'll be joined by Jeffrey Makinson (sub-organist of Lincoln Cathedral) and cello soloist Gabriella Swallow.

19:00 - 20:15 concert performance. You'll sing Matthew's Requiem in an atmospheric concert in the candlelit church. The programme will also include solo and choral items composed by Caroline Anne.

Booking info

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

Audience tickets (£10) for the evening concert can also be purchased using the booking link below, or in person from the shop at St James's Church.

St James Church

St James is famous for its Gothic steeple and spire, one of the tallest in England and, according to Sir Simon Jenkins, also the most perfect. Once inside, your eyes are drawn upwards to the magnificent 'starburst' vault, spectacular stained-glass windows and the colourful Georgian ceilings. The church has a strong choral tradition, and a fine 3-manual Norman & Beard pipe organ.

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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.

Caroline Anne

Caroline Anne
composer & rehearsal accompanist

Winning the 'Classical pianist of the year' award twice whilst at Leeds College of Music earned Caroline an interview on BBC Radio Three, where she discussed piano teaching and the Leeds Piano Competition; Caroline's Major was in performance.

Highly acclaimed sopranos Barbara Bonney and Lynne Dawson (soloist at Princess Diana's funeral) gave Lieder workshops at the College in 2006 and Caroline was chosen to be their accompanist; this led to more work as a repetiteur for Opera North.

After graduation, Caroline moved back home to Lincolnshire and worked with distinguished conductors Adrian Partington, Nigel Perrin, and Alexander L'estrange. Her choral and film music compositions have been broadcast on BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Lincoln City Radio, and her church music has received performances in Gloucester Cathedral and other parish churches in Wales, Suffolk, Norfolk, Aberdeenshire and Lincolnshire.

Gabriella Swallow, photo credit Philip Gatward

Gabriella Swallow
cello soloist

Gabriella Swallow has performed with some of the world's most respected orchestras and musicians. She has emerged as one of the most versatile and exciting cellists of her generation.

Gabriella studied at The Royal College of Music with Jerome Pernoo. She was awarded the coveted Tagore Gold Medal and performed the Hugh Wood Cello Concerto in her final year.

As a soloist Gabriella went on to make her South Bank debut with the 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.

Jeffrey Makinson

Jeffrey Makinson

Jeffrey is Assistant Director of Music and Sub-Organist of Lincoln Cathedral. He is also a tutor for the Royal College of Organists Academy and Music Director of Beverley Chamber Choir.

He was Organ Scholar at York Minster from 1992-1994, before spending five years as Assistant Organist at Lincoln Cathedral. He moved to Manchester Cathedral as Sub-Organist in 1999. During his time in Manchester, he was Tutor in Organ Studies at the RNCM and at Manchester University.

Jeffrey returned to Lincoln Cathedral in January 2015. As part of his duties, Jeffrey directs the Girls of the Cathedral Choir and accompanies the Cathedral Choir for many of the choral services. Alongside his work in Lincoln, he maintains a busy schedule as a recitalist, accompanist, conductor, teacher and adjudicator in the city and throughout the country.

Gaynor Morgan

Gaynor Morgan
soprano soloist

Gaynor gained an Honours degree in music at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where she studied piano and singing as joint first studies, as well as being one of the official accompanists. She later studied opera in London. She has taught and coached privately up to diploma/professional level for more than thirty years, during which time she has also been engaged in concert and recital work.

Performances include Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss and Hermione by Hector Berlioz, and a recital of opera and art song for Earl Swinton, where she was accompanied by her daughter Caroline Anne. Gaynor has been invited to teach in various schools and university departments and, for several years, she has been treating patients, referred from hospital consultants, who have been suffering from various vocal disorders; she considers this a particularly rewarding aspect of her work.

She is also delighted that many of her pianists and singers have enjoyed their own successes as professional performers and teachers.

Allan Smith

Allan Smith
baritone soloist

Allan is Master of the Choristers at St James's, Louth, and Musical Director of Louth Choral Society.

A former Lay Clerk of Carlisle and Gloucester Cathedrals, he has worked as a professional soloist with many leading UK orchestras, including The Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Royal Ballet

His vocal studies continued in Milan with Giovanna Canetti, before commencing a training programme with English National Opera. He appeared as Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte in London.