Come and Sing!

Romsey Abbey, Hampshire SO51 8EP

Saturday 4th September 2021 • 9:30am - 8:30pm

Join composer Matthew Coleridge for a glorious day of music making in the imposing Norman church of Romsey Abbey.

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

This was no ordinary come and sing... informal and relaxed, led with humour and encouragement. As a singer, it felt like a big achievement spend one day learning and performing one splendid work

Simon O'Hea, Portsmouth Cathedral workshop, Feb 2020

Romsey Abbey photographed by Jack Pease Photography

With a lofty nave and round Norman arches, Romsey Abbey is one of the most imposing churches in Southern England, with a cathedral-like atmosphere. It hosts a renowned series of music concerts throughout the year - run by Music in Romsey - of which our concert will be a part.

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 Romsey Abbey

  • by road

    By Car

    Romsey Abbey is a 10minute drive from M27 junction 3, within easy driving distance of Southampton (20 mins), Eastleigh (20 mins), Winchester (25 mins), Salisbury (30 mins), Bournemouth (40 mins), Portsmouth (40 mins) and Basingstoke (40 mins).

    Princes Garden (SO51 8DS) and Alma Road (SO51 8ED) long-stay car parks (£4.40 all day) are 5 minutes' walk from the Abbey. More info at testvalley.gov.uk/transportparkingandstreets/car-parks/romseycarparks

  • by rail

    By Rail

    Romsey railway station (10 minutes walk from the abbey) has direct trains to Southampton, Salisbury, Fareham, Portsmouth, Bath and Bristol. Winchester and Bournemouth can be reached with one change.

Romsey Abbey
Romsey Abbey
Romsey Abbey
Romsey Abbey

Romsey Abbey images courtesy of Angus Kirk, Herry Lawford, Jack Pease and Robert Cutts

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.

Newport Cathedral

Newport Cathedral
Jan 16th 2021

[contingency date May 15th 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.



All Saints Clifton © Chris Guy

Bristol - All Saints, Clifton
May 22nd 2021

[Rescheduled event from May 9th 2020]

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.



Kendal

Kendal, Lake District
June 12th 2021

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.



Blackburn Cathedral © David Iliff

Blackburn Cathedral
Jul 10th 2021 (date TBC)

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!



Milton Abbey © flickr/johnelamper

Milton Abbey
Aug 12th 2021 (date TBC)

New music workshop on Matthew's latest major choral work. There are few better places to be in August than this spectacular Abbey set amongst Dorset's rolling hills.



Dorchester Abbey © Peter Chapman

Dorchester Abbey
Aug 19th 2021

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!



Romsey Abbey © Jack Pease

Romsey Abbey
Sept 4th 2021

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the Romsey's spectacular Norman abbey, near Southampton.



Exeter Cathedral © Jack Pease

Exeter Cathedral
Sept 25th 2021

[Rescheduled event from Sept 19th 2020]

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem with over 200 singers in one of Europe's most spectacular Medieval cathedrals.



Pershore Abbey © J. Hannan-Briggs

Pershore Abbey
June 18th 2022

[Rescheduled event from June 20th 2020]

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the glorious acoustic of Pershore's superlative Abbey church.



StBarnabas Ealing © Roger Green

London

Originally scheduled for March 2020; awaiting a rescheduled date



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