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Matthew Coleridge

Music Workshops
Requiem in a Day

FREE CHORAL WORKSHOP: 'Requiem in a Day' with Matthew Coleridge

Join singers from around the country for an inspiring and uplifting day of choral singing!

Spend the day rehearsing Matthew Coleridge’s sublime REQUIEM, before singing in a moving concert performance of this glorious music, directed by the composer.

 A consummate musician... you taught us with sensitivity and humour - all too rare in choir directors! 

 I didn't want the performance to end - something I haven't thought during a concert for several years now! 

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Details and timings

Timings on the day

  • 09:30 - 10:30

    singer registration - at Truro Methodist Church

  • 10:30 - 13:30

    morning rehearsal - part learning and note-bashing - Truro Methodist Church

  • 13:30 - 14:30

    lunch break (bring a packed lunch)

  • 14:30 - 17:30

    afternoon rehearsal - with organ accompaniment and soloists - Truro Cathedral

  • 19:00 - 20:30

    concert performance - dress code for singers: all black

Performers

Matthew Coleridge - conductor
Kirsten Mulcahy - soprano
...and the Requiem in a Day Choir!

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Do I need to be able to read music?

A.  This event is suitable to all choral singers with a basic grasp of music reading. If you can't read music, it would be very wise to learn your part beforehand (see below for details of rehearsal tracks). If you've not sung in a choir before that's ok! Come along and see what you've been missing.

Q.  Where can I listen to Requiem?

A.  You can find a full recording on YouTube, Spotify or Apple Music. A physical CD can be found here.

Q.  Are rehearsal tracks available?

A.  Yes. Head over to koor.app - you'll need to register for a free account, then you can listen to the individual voice parts, recorded by professional singers.

Q.  Can friends and family come and hear us perform?

A.  Yes - please do encourage people to come and hear our evening performance! Audience tickets are available through the links above.

Q.  Is there a dress code?

A.  For the evening concert performance, please dress all in black. There are changing facilities available at the venue.

Q.  What do I need to bring?

A.  Music will be provided for you on the day. It would be helpful to bring a pencil and a packed lunch (or there are plenty of places nearby to buy something during the lunch break). You'll also need a change of clothes(all black) for the evening performance.

Q.  Will refreshments be provided?

A.  We won't be providing refreshments at this event, but there are several cafés, shops, pubs and restaurants within a striking distance of the cathedral.

Q.  Is parking available near Truro Cathedral?

A.  The nearest large car park is the multi-story at Highcross multi-storey, which is a five-minute walk from the cathedral (£5.90 all day). See Parkopedia for more details.

Q.  Will music scores be provided?

A.  You can borrow a vocal score on the day. If you'd like to buy one in advance (please do!), you can add it when you book your ticket.

Q.  Can I buy a vocal score? And will Matthew sign it?!

A.  You can buy a vocal score in advance, which is a great way to learn your part ahead of the day. It'll be posted to you when you make your booking. Matthew's always happy to sign scores during rehearsal breaks.

Q.  Do I need to book? Can I just turn up on the day?

A.  We can't guarantee you a place if you don't book in advance - venues are limited in space, and we may not have enough music. It's free to book so what are you waiting for?!

Q.  Will there be lots of singers? I don't want to find I'm singing a part on my own!

A.  Numbers vary between events, but we're expecting around 70-100 singers for this Requiem in a Day event. There are always a handful of strong singers to lead each section!

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Reviews

  I am spreading the word that we have a great piece of new choral  music to enjoy singing - I am still on a high from Saturday’s performance 24 hours later!  
Richard Duckett - Pershore Abbey workshop 2022

  This was no ordinary 'come and sing'! A work of exquisite beauty  
Music in Portsmouth review, 2020

  Thank you for giving us such an uplifting day , singing in the amazing space of Downside Abbey. Truly, some unforgettable moments for all of us singing.  
Roma Galpin - Downside Abbey workshop 2022

  It was a privilege to take part; you are a consummate musician and taught us with sensitivity and humour - all too rare in choir directors!  
Juliet Grundy - Pershore Abbey workshop 2022

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

  My goosebumps have goosebumps!  
Catherine Priston - Pershore Abbey workshop 2022

  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

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.

Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral
February 11th 2023

Come and Sing Requiem in Derby's glorious and vibrant Cathedral



Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral
Feb 18th 2023

Come and sing Requiem in Arundel's stunning hilltop Cathedral. Limited free places available



Selby Abbey

Selby Abbey
April 22nd 2023

Come and Sing Coleridge & Fauré Requiems in Yorkshire's beautiful Selby Abbey



Selby Abbey

Christchurch Priory
June 10th 2023

One of England's finest parish churches plays host to Requiem in a Day



Downside Abbey

Downside Abbey
Come and Sing Choral Evensong
July 8th 2023

Sing in Choral Evensong at Downside Abbey, featuring Matthew's Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis.



Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral
September 23rd 2023

Experience the thrill of singing in one of England's most spectacular cathedrals



Kendal

South Cumbria
September 30th 2023

workshop in the Lake District with Cumbria Festival Chorus (venue TBC)



Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury Abbey
October 7th 2023

Come and sing Requiem in one of England's finest medieval church buildings