Matthew Coleridge

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Choral Workshop @ Pershore Abbey
15th October '22

With composer Matthew Coleridge

Join singers from around the Midlands for a performance of Matthew Coleridge's "exquisitely beautiful" REQUIEM, in the glorious acoustics of Pershore Abbey

You'll spend the day rehearsing under the composer's direction, before singing in an evening performance featuring cello soloist Maxim Calver (BBC Young Musician finalist 2018).

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!
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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).

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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.

Maxim Calver

Maxim Calver - cello

British cellist Maxim Calver made his concerto debut in Symphony Hall, Birmingham as part of the Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2018. His performance of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, was praised for its ‘natural ease’ and ‘emotional lyricism’. Earlier in the competition he won the Strings Category, performing works by Lutoslawski, Brahms and Stravinsky.

Highlights since then include concerto appearances across the UK with the Bath, Stockport and Maidstone Symphony Orchestras, the Orpheus Sinfonia and Brahms’ Double Concerto with Menuhin Competition prize-winner Tianyou Ma at Cadogan Hall, London. He has also performed recitals at St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, Norwich Assembly Rooms, St James’, Guernsey and Wethersfield Chamber Concerts amongst others.

In February 2020 he was a finalist in the Strings Category of the Royal Overseas League Competition, where his performance was singled out for the “elegance of his technique, overall sound and natural poeticism” (Strad Magazine, 2020). Upcoming highlights include recitals as well as a performance of Shostakovich Cello Concerto no.1 at St. John’s Smith Square, London.

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.

Emily Hicks

Emily Hicks - Soprano

Soprano Emily Hicks is a familiar face at Matthew’s Requiem in a Day workshops, having previously performed the piece at Portsmouth Cathedral, Dorchester Abbey and Romsey Abbey.

She was a choral scholar at Royal Holloway, singing in the Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum and recording several CDs, including one as a featured soloist. She currently studies with opera singer Anna Gregory.

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.

"Matthew Coleridge is a great force for good in the choral world" - Alexander Armstrong, Classic FM

Shrewsbury Abbey

Shrewsbury Abbey
September 9th 2023

Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6BS

Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral
September 23rd 2023

St Mary's St, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2AF


September 30th 2023

workshop in the Lake District with Cumbria Festival Chorus

Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury Abbey
October 7th 2023

Church Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 5RZ

Great Malvern Priory

Great Malvern Priory
April 20th 2024

Church St, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 2AY

Llandaff Cathedral

Llandaff Cathedral
May 11th 2024

Cathedral Cl, Cardiff CF5 2LA

Lancing College Chapel

Lancing College Chapel
June 29th 2024

Lancing College Chapel, Lancing, West Sussex BN15 0RW


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