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Matthew Coleridge choral composer

Requiem Workshops
Come and sing!

Choral Workshop @ Milton Abbey
Thursday 12th August '21

Join composer & conductor Matthew Coleridge for a unique choral experience in one of England's finest churches.

Spend the day rehearsing his glorious and melodic choral music - we'll be working on movements from two unfinished new pieces.



Matthew is a charismatic and engaging workshop leader, whose music has been known to reduce choirs to tears! He'll be joined by organist Peter Nardone, former director of music of Worcester Cathedral and the Three Choirs Festival.

In the morning we'll focus on a haunting new piece for Passiontide, then in the afternoon an exuberant and joyously energetic work!

** COVID and social distancing: we are hoping that this event will take place without the need for social distancing, but nearer the time we may decide to place all singers at 1-metre distances. **

Booking info

Workshop ticket £15

The workshop fee includes free loan of all vocal scores. You will need to bring your own refreshments for this event.

On the day

Getting to Milton Abbey

Milton Abbey, nr Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0BZ

  • By Car

    Part of the Abbey's charm is its isolation - situated down 10 minutes of country lanes leading off the A354 between Dorchester and Blandford Forum. There is plentiful free parking at the Abbey car park.

    Salisbury (45 mins), Poole (30 mins) and Bournemouth (40 mins) are all within easy reach.

Milton Abbey
Milton Abbey
Milton Abbey
Milton Abbey

Milton Abbey images courtesy of Marilyn Peddle, John Lamper and Mike Searle

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.

Matthew Coleridge

Peter Nardone - accompanist

Peter is a former director of music of Worcester cathedrals, where he was artistic director of the 2014 and 2017 Three Choirs Festivals.

Peter grew up in Paisley, singing as a chorister at Paisley Abbey, before studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and the Royal Academy of Music.

As a countertenor, he has performed with the Monteverdi Choir, Tallis Scholars, The King's Consort and The Gabrieli Consort.

Now resident in West Dorset, we're delighted that Peter has agreed to join us today.

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.

Milton Abbey © flickr/johnelamper

Milton Abbey
Aug 12th 2021

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
Sept 25th 2021

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem with over 200 singers in one of Europe's most spectacular Medieval cathedrals.



St Mary's Warwick © flickr/jpguffogg

Warwick - St Mary's
Oct 2nd 2021

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



Newport Cathedral

Newport Cathedral
Oct 9th 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 Wilfrid's Harrogate

Harrogate - St Wilfrid's
Nov 13th 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
Nov 20th 2021

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



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