September to December 2021 FILM
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Cedars Hall bar The bar is open one hour prior to most performances, and you can also pre-order your interval drinks on arrival - which we recommend for large groups in particular. You will be allowed to take your drinks into the auditorium in biodegradable plastic cups.
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Welcome to Cedars Hall Cedars Hall is a Covid-safe venue
Cedars Hall is a Covid-secure venue and, as changes to live events are happening across the country, we want to reassure you that we are committed to keeping you safe throughout your visit. Our staff will continue to wear face coverings and take regular lateral flow tests, extra cleaning measures will remain in place and spaces will be ventilated as much as possible. We recommend that our audience members test themselves before attendance and wear face coverings when not seated in Cedars Hall. Please do not attend an event if you have symptoms of Covid-19.
Support Cedars Hall The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on live performance and performers. Cedars Hall is no different and, as with other performance venues across the country, we are committed to bringing live performances safely back to Wells for your enjoyment and to employ the many performers who have lost a whole year of work. We need your help to do this. Buying a ticket for an event is a hugely appreciated first step - thank you. If you feel able, however, we would also deeply appreciate any modest donations in support of our re-opening. Your additional support will be hugely valuable. You will be asked for a donation when you check out at point of sale.
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Literature PRIORITY BOOKING starts 31 August PUBLIC BOOKING starts 6 September
15 – 23 October 2021 www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk
CHATS Talks no 1
Kanda Bongo Man
Piano Masters: Stephen Hough
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Lights! Cameras! Action!
The Bristol Suspensions
CHATS (Cedars Hall Arts Talks Series) is a series of monthly talks which has been launched in response to the installation of Antony Gormley’s new sculpture DOUBT in niche 338 on the West Front of Wells Cathedral. DOUBT is on loan to Wells for 18 months from the end of August 2021. These talks, curated by Sophie Rucker, will take place on Thursdays from 7.30pm in Cedars Hall. Young musicians from Wells will perform in the foyer from 7.00pm before each talk and there will be an opportunity to stay and continue the conversation afterwards with the speaker and guests.
CHATS speakers include Jo Baring Art historian and curator Rachel Campbell-Johnston Chief art critic of The Times Olivia Fraser Artist and great niece of Eileen Agar Sir John Eliot Gardiner Renowned conductor and polymath Hettie Judah Art critic and writer Sir Richard Long RA in conversation with artist, Catherine Goodman Tim Marlow Director of the Design Museum, London Gavin Plumley Cultural historian, writer and broadcaster Dr Xa Sturgis Director of the Ashmolean Museum Randall Wright Award-winning arts filmmaker
CHATS is kindly supported by the Blair Foundation and Terence Mordaunt
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Thursday 16th September 7.30pm with live music in the foyer from 7.00pm
CHAT 1: Jo Baring on British Sculpture Antony Gormley says sculpture is like alchemy; it works by changing a lump of clay or stone into something utterly different. To open our series of Cedars Hall Arts Talks celebrating the arrival of Gormley’s new work Doubt in Wells, the eminent art historian Jo Baring traces a century of sculpture in Britain through artists such as Henry Moore and Barbara
Hepworth. She discusses the importance of British sculpture and how Gormley, a figurative sculptor and one of our most successful and popular artists, fits into this story. Young Wells musicians will perform in the foyer preceding this talk. CHATS are kindly supported by the Blair Foundation and Terence Mordaunt.
A special CHATS supper of sushi and a glass of wine will be available after the talk. Please purchase through the box office for £10, pre-bookings only.
Tickets: £10 unreserved, 18s and under free (but please book) Box Office: 01749 834483
Thursday 23rd September 7.00pm
Bristol Suspensions with Hetta Falzon in support The Bristol Suspensions, based at Bristol University, are reigning UK A Cappella champions. The group is renowned for its electric performance, slick choreography and stunning vocals which includes arrangements of everything from barbershop to pop classics. If close-harmony precision singing is like a beautifully engineered car, this one is an Aston Martin.
Supporting act singer/songwriter Hetta Falzon is still at school in Wells, and has been selected for the final 10 in the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition for two years running. Congratulations are in order as it has recently been announced that she has won the competition for 2021 - so don’t miss the chance of hearing this rising star in the making.
Tickets: £18, 18s and under free (but please book your seat) 8
Thursday 30th September 7.00pm
PIANO MASTERS 1: Paul Lewis After four years trying to find a gap in his schedule, Paul Lewis is finally coming to Cedars Hall. The son of a Liverpool docker with no musicians in his family, Paul is now one of the world’s leading pianists. His acclaimed performances of Beethoven and Schubert have confirmed his reputation as one of the foremost interpreters of the European classical repertoire.
For his Wells debut, he begins a new exploration of Russian piano masterpieces including Mussorgsky’s epic Pictures at an Exhibition together with music by Scriabin, Mozart and Mendelssohn. In a 2016 interview, however, Lewis revealed that his musical guilty pleasure was the 1968 single Paralyzed by the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. This promises to be a fascinating evening.
Tickets: £25, 18s and under free (but please book your seat) Box Office: 01749 834483
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Sunday 10th October 3.00pm
PIANO MASTERS 2: Stephen Hough “The most perfect piano playing conceivable”- The Guardian “Out of silence is born concentration, and from that comes learning” - Stephen Hough Together with Paul Lewis, one of the most distinctive pianists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a performer with those of composer and writer. Named by
The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, Hough was the first classical performer to be awarded
a MacArthur Fellowship and was awarded a CBE in 2014. Hough’s programme includes Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Rawsthorne’s Nocturnes, Chopin’s Ballade no.3, Scherzo no.2 and Two Nocturnes, plus Hough’s own Partita.
Tickets: £25, 18s and under free (but please book your seat) 10
Thursday 4th November 7.00pm
FILM: Song of Names Introduced by novelist and music journalist Norman Lebrecht In 1951 David Eli Rapoport, a 21year old concert violinist, is about to make his London debut. Born in Poland as David Eli Dovidl, the young Rapoport had fled the Holocaust into the care of the London Simmonds family who respected his Judaism, offered him friendship and nurtured his talent. They prepared him for a life as a virtuoso. What could possibly cause him to skip his debut?
Norman Lebrecht introduces his own book, the inspiration for this award-winning film, and talks to Luke Doyle, a specialist musician at Wells Cathedral School, who appeared as the young Polish violinist. This discussion will be followed by a special screening of the Song of Names.
Tickets: £16, unreserved, 18s and under free (but please book) Box Office: 01749 834483
Thursday 11th November 7.00pm
PIANO MASTERS 3: Pavel Kolesnikov “An outstanding pianist in every degree”- The Guardian Chopin and Mozart are the twin themes of this eagerly-anticipated debut by Pavel Kolesnikov in Wells which includes the PolonaiseFantasie and Third Ballade as well as a pair of Mozart sonatas in A major and minor.
piano and violin for 10 years, before concentrating solely on the piano. Pavel is the recipient of the Milstein Medal, is the Royal College of Music Benjamin Britten Piano Fellow, and was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2014 to 2016. Don’t miss this.
Now London-based, Pavel was born in Siberia into a family of scientists. He studied both the
Tickets: £25, 18s and under free (but please book your seat) 12
Thursday 18th November 7.30pm with live music in the foyer from 7.00pm
CHAT 2: Gavin Plumley on “The Uncertain Soul” The German-speaking world witnessed sweeping change during the early part of the 20th century with war, the collapse of dynasties and economic instability. Cultural historian and broadcaster Gavin Plumley looks at how the artistic minds of Austria and Germany charted these uncertainties, with works centred on the self and its
position within society. The lecture will include images by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Dix and Max Beckmann. Gavin’s first book, A Home for All Seasons, will be published in 2022.
Tickets: £10 unreserved, 18s and under free (but please book your seat) Box Office: 01749 834483
Thursday 25th November 7.00pm
Edward Leaker's Blaze Ensemble Edward’s groundbreaking crossover ensemble featuring string quartet and soprano saxophone play the music of Astor Piazzolla to coincide with the composer’s centenary year.
will be joined by classical guitar to perform specially commissioned arrangements of Piazzolla’s music by Hywel Davies alongside music from their extensive back catalogue.
Blaze was formed in 2008 and the group has been prolific in developing new repertoire for this exciting combination of instruments. For this show, they
Expect to hear a fusion of classical, jazz and tango music together with a visual feast provided by authentic tango dancers!
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Saturday 11th December 7.00pm
Alex Western-King Quartet “Alex reaches deep into the core of jazz.” - Paul Pace, Ronnie Scott's Alex Western-King is an awardwinning young musician who began his studies in Wells and is now considered to be one of the most talented saxophonists of his generation. With a band that claims the space between forwardthinking post-bop and all-out free improvisation, Alex is rapidly establishing himself at the forefront of the modern UK jazz scene.
Cedars Hall will be hosting a performance of Alex’s debut album SideSlip alongside a set of much-loved jazz standards. Having shared the stage with the likes of Dame Cleo Laine, Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy), Julian Siegel, Gareth Lockrane and more, appearing with Alex will be Sam Leak - piano, Jonny Wickham bass and Jay Davis - drums.
Tickets: £20, cabaret seating Box Office: 01749 834483
Saturday 18th December 7.00pm
Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man was born in Inongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The musician who single-handedly gave the world the infectious Kwasa Kwasa dance. where the hips move back and forth mirrored by the hands. Kanda Bongo Man and his band are among the most well-known stars of world music, and pioneers
of Soukous music. In July 2005 they performed at the LIVE 8: Africa Calling concert. Enjoy a thrilling night of music and dance with a difference. Catch the seasonal spirit of optimism and happiness ready for Christmas. Book early and get ready to party.
Tickets: £20, cabaret seating 16
Monday 20th December 7.00pm
CHAT 3: Sir John Eliot Gardiner on The Flight into Egypt by Adam Elsheimer In 1609 Adam Elsheimer created a final painting on a tiny copper sheet portraying a familiar Bible story against an almost infinite vista of the night sky. It may be the first naturalistic depiction of the stars in art. Remarkably it includes an accurate depiction of the Milky Way which Elsheimer could only have viewed through the newly
invented telescope a year before Galileo made his own discoveries. Musician and polymath Sir John Eliot Gardiner has long been fascinated by the intersection of arts and science at the turn of the 17th Century - the time not only of Caravaggio, Galileo and Kepler but also the great naturalistic composer, Monteverdi.
Tickets: £10 unreserved, 18s and under free (but please book your seat) Box Office: 01749 834483
Wells Cathedral School Concerts Wells Cathedral School runs a UK Government-funded specialist music scheme for exceptional pupils who wish to pursue a career in music. They receive first-class pre-professional training from teachers who are worldclass musicians themselves, with many being both active performers and holders of teaching positions at the major UK conservatories. Our young
Wells Cathedral School Music
musicians achieve significant successes as performers both in concert and in public examinations. Their participation in Cedars Hall concerts comprises a vital part of their professional training and is often of a superlative standard. The following concerts feature the cream of the crop of these budding young artists.
Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th October 7.00pm
Lights! Camera! Action! Join the Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra as they perform music from the movies, both large and small! From the magic of Harry Potter, to the action of the Star Wars theme, this concert promises to entertain any classical and film music fan. It’s not just film music though...
Look out for a special performance of old Wellensian David Buckley’s soundtrack from the video game Call of Duty; Ghosts. The programme includes works by Dvorak, John Williams, Shostakovich, Adam Saunders, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Michael Giacchino.
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Friday 26th November 7.00pm
Wednesday 8th December 9.30pm - 4.00pm, concert 6.00pm
String Chamber Ensembles Concert
20th Century Music Day
From Vivaldi and Mozart, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky right up to the present day, great composers have revelled in showcasing their skills through writing major works for string orchestra. From the mid 20th Century onwards a number of British chamber orchestras have been at the forefront of performing this literature and Wells Cathedral School is proud to train our many exceptional young string players to maintain this tradition.
Ride the kaleidoscopic roller-coaster of early 20th Century ‘-isms’ with the help of the Wells Cathedral School symphony orchestra and chamber ensembles. The concert is the culmination of a day of discovering the ‘impressionism’ of Debussy and Ravel, the ‘neo-classicism’ of Stravinsky and Poulenc and the ‘expressionism’ of the Second Viennese School with the help of musicologists, historians and Wells' staff and pupils. Music includes Debussy’s ravishing Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Stravinsky's baroque-inspired Octet, Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, and the fairytales of the Mother Goose suite by Ravel.
The central skill at the core of such ensembles is chamber music, and this concert will also showcase some senior chamber groups. The chamber music programme at Wells is generously supported by the Albert and Eugenie Frost Music Trust. Tickets: £10, unreserved 20
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Please note that if an event has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances you will be refunded or offered credit in full.
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How to get to Cedars Hall Cedars Hall is situated in the heart of Wells Cathedral School and can be accessed on foot either from The Liberty or from the main gate on College Road (postcode BA5 2ST). Please note there is no public access via the service gate at the Bristol Hill junction of New Street and Mountery Road (A39).
Parking for Cedars Hall We are able to allocate disabled-only parking in the car park adjacent to Cedars House on The Liberty. (BA5 2ST) Please contact the Box Office on 01749 834483 to reserve a disabled parking space. Please refrain from parking here unless you have booked a disabled space. Further free evening-only parking is available in Mundy’s Meadow car park (BA5 2QX) ; from here it is a short walk via Lovers Walk to The Liberty. Please see the map opposite.
Alternative parking in Wells Additional parking spaces are available in the city’s public car parks. Charges start from £1.50 for two hours parking during the day and are often free after 6.00pm. All these car parks are within a 15-minute walk from Cedars Hall: Union Street (off Chamberlain Street, BA5 2PU) South Street (BA5 1SL) Princes Road (BA5 1TE) Tucker Street (off West Street, BA5 1TF) For more information on parking in Wells, please visit en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/wells.
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Cedars Hall, Wells ~ Saturday 25th September 6.30pm Reception with sparkling wine and non alcoholic options Supper will be served during the evening A number of raffle prizes and auction lots have been donated for bidding on the night. Fundraising for The Lawrence Centre and Project Factory's community arts programme.
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