Come and Sing!

Pershore Abbey, Pershore, Worcs WR10 1BB

Saturday 15th August 2020 • 9am - 8pm

Join composer Matthew Coleridge and cello soloist Maxim Calver for a glorious day of music making in the superlative Abbey in Pershore, Worcestershire.

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

We'll also be joined by local orchestra The Real String Orchestra, and soprano soloist Emily Hicks.

[This is a re-scheduled event from June 20th, following the Coronavirus outbreak]

Pershore Abbey

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.

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 Pershore Abbey

  • by road

    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 bus

    By Bus

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

  • by rail

    By Rail

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

Pershore Abbey
Pershore Abbey
Pershore Abbey
Pershore Abbey

Pershore Abbey images courtesy of flickr.com/jpguffogg and flickr.com/davehamster

The performers
Maxim Calver © BBC

Maxim Calver - cello

Award-winning 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, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 4, was praised for its ‘natural ease’ and ‘emotional lyricism’. Earlier in the competition he won the Strings Category Final

Throughout his young career Maxim has performed in many prestigious venues, including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and Royal Festival Hall. His Concerto highlights have included Brahms' Double Concerto with Tianyou Ma, finalist of the International Menuhin Violin Competition 2018, as well as multiple performances across the UK of Elgar's Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations.

Maxim currently studies at the Royal College of Music with Professor Melissa Phelps, where he is proud to be the Hargreaves and Ball Trust Scholar supported by a Herbert Howells & Thomas Fielden Scholarship. Maxim is also very grateful to be a Hattori Foundation Junior Award recipient. Previous to his studies at the RCM, Maxim was a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied with Thomas Carroll for ten years. He has also participated in masterclasses with some of the worlds leading cellists including Steven Isserlis, Heinrich Schiff, Julian Lloyd Webber, Paul Katz and Guy Johnston.

Maxim is grateful to the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) for their generous support in their aftercare scheme for BBC Young Musician Finalists.

Maxim plays an Alberto Aloysius Blanchi cello, dated 1906.

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.

The Real String Orchestra

The Real String Orchestra

The Real String Orchestra, based in Stratford Upon Avon, is a mix of local music teachers, performers, young talents from music schools, conservatoires and adults who play at a high standard. The orchestra was founded by Tori Rushton, a former principal cellist at the Paris Symphony Orchestra.

Laurence Caldecote

Laurence Caldecote

Organist Laurence Caldecote holds a BA Hons in Music Composition and Professional Practice from Coventry University and studied composition with Robert Ramskill. He was one of the accompanists to the Performing Arts Choir, under Paul Leddington Wright, and gained further experience in choral leadership whilst Director to the Coventry University Performing Arts Chamber Choir.

He currently holds the position Associate Organist at St. Nicolas Parish Church, Nuneaton. He accompanies the choir there for services, concerts, the annual tour to Bridlington Priory and accompanied the service of Lessons and Carols in December 2007 which was broadcast on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

As an organ recitalist, Laurence has played many venues around the UK including the Anglican Cathedrals of Bradford, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Sheffield and Wakefield as well as Christchurch Priory, St. Bride’s Fleet Street, London, Blenheim Palace, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

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