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Matthew Coleridge choral composer

Requiem Workshops
Come and sing!

Requiem Choral Workshop @ St Mary's Church, Warwick
2nd October '21

Join composer & conductor Matthew Coleridge for a glorious day of music-making in the spectacular Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick. Spend the day learning his "exquisitely beautiful" REQUIEM, before singing in an atmospheric evening performance, conducted by the composer.



Matthew is a charismatic and engaging workshop leader, whose music has been known to reduce choirs to tears! He'll be joined by cathedral organist Oliver Hancock, and cellist Olivia da Costa.

"A glorious piece to sing... a lot of us were in tears by the end of it"

Teresa Stubbs - Buckfast Abbey workshop 2019

Matthew Coleridge Olivia da Costa Oliver Hancock
Booking info

Workshop ticket £20

Singer ticket with loan of vocal score on the day

Workshop ticket £25

Singer ticket with advance purchase of vocal score (includes p&p)

Audience tickets

Audience ticket for the evening concert performance

The workshop fee includes free loan of all vocal scores.

On the day

Getting to St Mary's, Warwick

Old Square, Warwick CV34 4RA

  • One of England's finest parish churches, the Collegiate Church of St Mary sits in the heart of the bustling market town of Warwick. It is also one of the Midland's most popular venues for classical concerts, and boasts a fine traditional of music. The famous Beauchamp Chapel is regarded as one of Europe's finest ecclesiastical treasures.

  • By Car

    Exeter Cathedral is within easy reach of the M5 and A30, within striking distance of Bristol, Taunton, Plymouth and beyond.

    Located just 5 minutes from M40 Junction 15, Warwick is within easy reach of Coventry, Stratford, Leamington, and Birmingham.

    All-day parking (priced £4-5) can be found at several car parks within a few minutes' walk of the church.

  • By Rail

    Warwick station is a 10-15 minute walk from St Mary's, with regular services to and from Birmingham (30 mins), Leamington, Oxford (1hr) and London Marylebone (1hr30).

  • By Bus

    There are regular bus services to and from Kenilworth, Leamington, Stratford and Coventry.

St Mary's Warwick
St Mary's Warwick
St Mary's Warwick
St Mary's Warwick

St Mary's Warwick images courtesy of flickr: Kathryn Wright, flickr: Jim Linwoodflickr: J. Hannan-Briggs, Geograph/The Carlisle Kid and Pixabay.

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.

Oliver Hancock

Oliver Hancock - organ

Oliver Hancock is Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick. He first started learning the organ under the watchful eye of his father, continuing his studies through school in Sussex, before becoming Organ Scholar at Jesus College, Oxford, where he read for a degree in Music. In 2008, Oliver was appointed Assistant Organist to Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir, where he accompanied the choir on their first tour to Paris, their fifth-anniversary broadcast of BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong, and their CD Penitence & Redemption (Regent Records).

During his time at Ely, Oliver was one of the first students to take the MMus in Choral Studies degree at the University of Cambridge in 2010, and for the academic year 2011-2012 he was also Graduate Organ Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge. With Selwyn College Chapel Choir, he recorded a CD of music by Alan Bullard – Wondrous Cross (Regent Records) – and undertook a tour of the East cost of the USA. He returned to the South as Sub-Organist at Portsmouth Cathedral, and School Organist at The Portsmouth Grammar School – the first to hold this combined post. In 2013, he directed the girl choristers and scholars on tour in Malta and Gozo, and in a tour of Italy in July 2015 which included an award-winning performance as part of the Florence International Choirs Festival. As well as accompanying all major School services, and taking part in concerts, tours, and recordings, Oliver was responsible for Theory and Aural Skills tuition, as well as teaching A-Level harmony and counterpoint.

As well as the USA, Oliver has toured much of mainland Europe, both as conductor and accompanist, and has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and 4. He is the Founder and Director of the Nelson Consort, an eight-part choir specialising in a cappella choral music (nelsonconsort.co.uk). He remains an active recitalist, performing recently in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Malta, Westminster and Truro Cathedrals, Tallinn Cathedral in Estonia, in and around Milan, and Kerpen in Germany. Oliver is an Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

Olivia da Costa

Olivia da Costa - cello

Olivia’s first inspiration to play the cello came about when she was 3 years old; she had been watching my mother play and had told her that she wanted to play ‘one of those’. She joined the RCMJD at the age of 8, and here she spent 3 years developing her chamber music skills, orchestral skills and also regularly participated in performance platforms which gave her access to short solo recitals. During this period she studied with Sasha Boyarsky, and by the age of 11 had gained a distinction in grade 8 cello (ABRSM).

Olivia studied with Felix Schmidt at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded a scholarship at audition despite undertaking her undergraduate studies a year early. She has also had masterclasses with Alexander Baillie, Tim Hugh, Daniel Gardener and Anita Lasker Wallfisch.

Olivia plays on a 19th Century Betts Cello kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.

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.

Milton Abbey © flickr/johnelamper

Milton Abbey
Aug 12th 2021

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

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



St Mary's Warwick © flickr/jpguffogg

Warwick - St Mary's
Oct 2nd 2021

Come and sing in one of England's finest parish churches - the Collegiate Church of St Mary in Warwick. With Oliver Hancock (organ)



Newport Cathedral

Newport Cathedral
Oct 9th 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 Wilfrid's Harrogate

Harrogate - St Wilfrid's
Nov 13th 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
Nov 20th 2021

Come and sing Requiem in one of Britain's most striking modernist churches, and the amazing acoustics of All Saints, Clifton.



Cirencester Church © J. Hannan-Briggs

Cirencester - St John the Baptist
Feb 26th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in a breathtaking Cotswold church!



St Cuthbert's Earls Court

London
March 12th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem one of London's finest churches - the Victorian masterpiece St Cuthbert's, Earls Court.



Blackburn Cathedral © David Iliff

Blackburn Cathedral
July 9th 2022

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge's Requiem in the wonderful Blackburn Cathedral, home to one of the best acoustics (and pipe organs) in the North!



Pershore Abbey © J. Hannan-Briggs

Pershore Abbey
July 16th 2022

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



Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral
Sept 17th 2022

Come and sing in the stunning Arundel Cathedral, in one of England's most picturesque towns.



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