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Matthew Coleridge choral composer

Requiem Workshops
Come and sing!

Choral Workshop @ Pershore Abbey
15th October '22

With composer Matthew Coleridge

An opportunity to work with one of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming choral composers, as we learn and perform his "exquisitely beautiful" REQUIEM, before singing in an atmospheric evening performance, conducted by the composer.

Pershore Abbey is one of the finest medieval churches in the Midlands, with a wonderful acoustic for choral singing.

Singer tickets £20 (includes loan of music on the day) or £27 (with score purchased in advanced



He creates joy, and sublime moments. Book your place now before work gets out!
Come and Sing Somewhere - Exeter Cathedral 2021


CAN I COME AND SING? What to expect...
This event is suitable to all choral singers with a basic grasp of music reading. We'll spend the morning learning our parts, before polishing things in the afternoon. Sight-reading ability is helpful but not essential, and you'll be amazed at how much we get done in just one day!

If you'd like to learn your part ahead of the day, you can order a vocal score in advance. Free rehearsal tracks are available at www.koor.app (you'll need to create a free user account).

Pershore Abbey Matthew Coleridge
Singer Feedback

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

He creates joy, and sublime moments. Book your place now before work gets out!
Come and Sing Somewhere - Exeter Cathedral 2021

Many thanks, Matthew, for a truly wonderful experience last Saturday. Even a week on, the beautiful harmonies are still ringing in my ears!
Nina Morton - Warwick workshop 2021

Thank you so much for an inspiring day. I have the whole of the Requiem as a perpetual ear worm!
Jan Edwards - Bristol workshop 2021

On the day

Getting to Pershore Abbey

Church Walk, Pershore, WR10 1BB

  • The triumphant remnant of a Mediaeval Benedictine Monastery. Rebuilding and remodelling have produced a mixture of Norman, Early English, Decorated Gothic and Victorian architecture. The Abbey is one of the Midlands' finest venues for choral music, with a truly sublime acoustic - and by the time of our workshop, a brand new pipe organ by the renowned Ruffatti Brothers.

  • By Car

    Pershore is 10 minutes for M5 Junction 7 (Worcester South), and within easy reach of Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Malvern and Stratford-upon-Avon.

    All day parking (£4) is available at Abbey Park, a couple of minutes' walk from the Abbey.

    There is unrestricted free parking on several streets a short walk from the Abbey.

  • By Rail

    Pershore railway station 1.6 miles from the Abbey (on Worcester - Oxford line; 10min bus ride to the Abbey).

  • By Bus

    X50 and 53 buses run a regular service to the centre of Pershore from Worcester and Evesham.

Pershore Abbey
Pershore Abbey
Pershore Abbey
Pershore Abbey
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.

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