Requiem in a Day

Requiem in a Day: Portsmouth Cathedral

High Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2HA • Saturday 8th February 2020

Come-and-sing choral workshop and evening performance

Join composer Matthew Coleridge in the beautiful 'Cathedral of the Sea' in Portsmouth, as we learn his stunning Requiem, before giving an atmospheric evening performance.

We'll start the day in the cathedral's Medieval East end, getting to know our parts and hearing insights into the creation of the piece.

After a break for lunch, we'll move to the Cathedral's nave, accompanied on the magnificent Nicholson organ by the cathedral's Director of Music, Dr David Price. We'll also be joined by acclaimed young cellist Sarah Gait.

Before our evening performance, there will be a chance to hear the Cathedral Choir sing choral Evensong.

It's bound to be an unforgettable day of music-making in the beautiful acoustics of this intimate cathedral.

photo credit Flickr | JackPease Photography photo credit David Iliff
Sarah Gait David Price

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

Further info

Details of the day

09:00 singer registration and distribution of music (music hire is included in the workshop fee).

09:30 morning rehearsals. Matt will guide us through his Requiem, accompanied by David Price at the piano. There will be a mid-morning refreshments break, and some short sectional rehearsals.

12:15 break for lunch. You'll find a wide selection of cafés and coffee shops nearby.

14:15 - 16:45 afternoon rehearsal, with cellist Sarah Gait and soprano Emily Hicks.

19:00 - 20:00 concert performance. You'll sing Matthew's Requiem in an atmospheric concert in the beautifully lit cathedral. Also in the programme will be Arvo Pärt's exquisite Spiegel im Spiegel for piano and organ, and Sarah will perform an improvisation on the cello.

Booking info

Workshop tickets (£20) includes all music hire for the day.

Audience tickets (£10) for the evening concert can also be purchased using the booking link below.

Portsmouth Cathedral

All day parking (£2, pay and display) is available at various nearby sites owned by Portsmouth University: St George's House (PO1 2HY), Nuffield Centre (PO1 2EE), Milldam (PO1 3RE) and University House (PO5 4BE) are all within a short walk of the Cathedral. For details, please visit the University website.

Public Transport: Bus numbers 6 and 8 stop within a minute's walk of the Cathedral. Portsmouth Harbour Station and the Gosport Ferry Terminal are a 15 minute walk.

The 'Cathedral of the Sea' is a vibrant and welcoming building, with a generous acoustic for choral music. The earliest parts date from the late 12th century, with a Romanesque nave added in the 20th century - a wonderful and intimate performance space for your evening concert.

PLEASE NOTE: there are two cathedrals in Portsmouth. This event is at the Anglican Cathedral of St Thomas of Canterbury, PO1 2HA.

photo credit David Iliff photo credit David Ross and Britain Express photo credit PXHere photo credit Flickr / Peter2010
The Musicians
Matthew Coleridge

Matthew Coleridge
composer & conductor

Matt is rapidly gaining a reputation as an inspiring and energetic workshop leader. His Requiem-in-a-Day workshops are led with "humour, skill and encouragement" (Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019), gathering momentum through the day before culminating in moving performances of his music. He has "an extraordinary ability to make singers believe they can produce what he has in mind" (SWEMF workshop 2018).

His choral music has been performed around the world, and has been recorded and broadcast by professional ensembles including The Queens Six, Kantos Chamber Choir and RSVP Voices.

Sarah Gait

Sarah Gait
cello soloist

London-based cellist Sarah Gait recently completed a Master of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of professors Guy Johnston and Robert Cohen. Originally from North Cumbria, Sarah previously graduated with a First Class BMus(Hons) degree from the Royal Northern College of Music. Sarah has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in venues across Europe and the UK, including for BBC Radio 3’s Live in Concert and on Italian Radio 3. She has featured in Classical Music Magazine and works to promote the role of classical music with young people, currently appearing as Ambassador for the BBC Proms Inspire Scheme.

Sarah is grateful for the support of generous individuals and charitable foundations, including the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation, EMI Music Sound Foundation and BBC Fame Academy. She is also the recipient of prizes including the BBC Proms Young Composer’s Competition, RNCM Weil Prize for Chamber Music, JRNCM Director’s Prize, prize-winner in the RAM Jacob Barnes Prize and RNCM Rosamond Prize (winning performance), and a recently announced finalist of the Cumbria Life Culture Awards.

David Price

Dr David Price

David studied organ at Trinity College of Music, and was organ scholar at Croydon Parish Church and Rochester Cathedral. Upon graduating, he became assistant organist at Ely Cathedral, before being appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Portsmouth Cathedral in 1996. In addition to his duties at the cathedral, David serves on the committee of RSCM Portsmouth and is a member of the Council of the Royal School of Church Music.

Portsmouth University conferred David Price with an Honorary Doctorate of Music in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to the development of music at the Cathedral and for his contribution to the cultural life of the city. In 2009 his St John Passion for Good Friday was published by Encore Publications in a series of the gospel passions alongside John Scott, Philip Moore and Richard Lloyd. In 2013 he was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of The Guild of Church Musicians.