Come and Sing!

St Woolos Cathedral, Newport NE40 4ED

Saturday 16th January 2021 • 10am - 8pm

Join composer Matthew Coleridge and the St Woolos Sinfonia for a glorious day of music making in the beautiful Cathedral of St Woolos, in Newport, South Wales.

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

Newport Cathedral

A fascinating mix of ancient and modern, St Woolos Cathedral is a beautiful and intimate venue for music making. The Norman nave gives way to a modern chancel, with a striking rose window by John Piper. Music is a vital part of the Cathedral's life, with a flourishing choir, a fine pipe organ and its own professional orchestral-in-residence, the St Woolos Sinfonia.

Booking info

Workshop ticket £20

Singer ticket with loan of vocal score on the day

Workshop ticket £27

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

Audience ticket £10

Audience ticket for the evening concert performance

On the day

Getting to St Woolos Cathedral

  • by road

    By Car

    Newport Cathedral is a 5-10 minute drive from Junction 26 of the M5. Parking is available in several public car parks nearby. Street parking nearby is very limited.

  • by bus

    By Bus

    It’s a short (but steep) 10-minute walk from Newport Bus Station up Stow Hill to the Cathedral.

  • by rail

    By Rail

    Newport is well served by Rail transport, with regular trains to Cardiff, Swansea, Bristol and beyond. It’s a short but steep 10-minute walk from Newport Railway Station up Stow Hill to the Cathedral.

Newport Cathedral
Newport Cathedral
Newport Cathedral
Newport Cathedral

Newport Cathedral images © David Balaam. Used by kind permission.

The performers
St Woolos Sinfonia

St Woolos Sinfonia

St Woolos Sinfonia – the professional standard orchestra in the city of Newport and Orchestra -in-Residence resident in its cathedral – strives to bring the joy of fine classical music, not just to music lovers, but also to people and communities who may not have had the opportunity to discover it for themselves.

Since 2014, the exceptionally gifted New Zealand conductor, Tianyi Lu (2017/18 Gustavo Dudamel Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Assistant Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and since August 2019 Welsh National Opera’s “Female Conductor in Residence“) has taken the St Woolos Sinfonia as Guest, and lately as Principal Conductor, to highly acclaimed concert performances, to the utmost delight of the audiences and musicians, such as the wonderful 2018 Spring concert.

Supported by its Patrons & Friends, the orchestra always takes pride to support talented young musicians giving them the opportunity to play in the orchestra, supervised by its enthusiastic and experienced professional musicians. Testimony for this is a happy collaboration with undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, over many years.

Whilst busy with mainly symphonic and chamber music portfolios, St Woolos Sinfonia is very experienced in working with choirs and would be very happy to collaborate with choirs and choral societies to provide enthusiastic and high quality, yet affordable orchestral support for their concerts.

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 2020 - 21

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 / July 11th 2020

[Rescheduled event from May 9th]

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.

Pershore Abbey © J. Hannan-Briggs

Pershore Abbey / Aug 15th 2020

[Rescheduled event from Jun 20th]

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the wonderful acoustics of Pershore's Medieval Abbey, with an evening performance conducted by the composer. With cello soloist Maxim Calver (BBC Young Musician finalist 2018) and The Real String Orchestra.

Dorchester Abbey © Peter Chapman

Dorchester Abbey / Aug 20th 2020

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! With cellist Sarah Gait, soprano Emily Hicks and organist Laurence Caldecote.

Exeter Cathedral © Jack Pease

Exeter Cathedral / Sept 19th 2020

Join 250 singers to perform Matthew Coleridge's Requiem, and experience the rapture of singing in one of England's finest Medieval Cathedrals. With cello soloist Jamal Aliyev, acclaimed soprano Karin Dahlberg, and Exeter Cathedral's organist Timothy Noon.



Kendal

Kendal, Lake District / Oct 17th 2020

[Rescheduled event from Jun 6th]

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.

StBarnabas Ealing © Roger Green

London - St Barnabas, Ealing / Oct 24th 2020

[Rescheduled event from Mar 28th]

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the fine Victorian church of St Barnabas, Ealing. Full details to follow.

Newport Cathedral

Newport Cathedral / Jan 16th 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.



Blackburn Cathedral © David Iliff

Blackburn Cathedral / Jul 10th 2021

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!



New College, Oxford © David Iliff

New College Oxford / Jul 2021 (date TBC)

Come and sing Requiem in one of the country's most prestigious chapels. More details to follow.



Milton Abbey © flickr/johnelamper

Milton Abbey / Aug 2021 (date TBC)

There are few better places to be in August than this spectacular Abbey set amongst Dorset's rolling hills. More details to follow.



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