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Autumn 2017







Welcome Welcome to our events programme at Wells Cathedral School. We have lovely venues; Wells Cathedral and Quilter Hall have both been lovely for a long time; Cedars Hall is the new kid on the block. Designed by Eric Parry Architects, and with different acoustic specifications in different areas, it’s already won RIBA regional and national awards and is being nominated for others. We love it because it keeps on showing us what it can do, and keeps on enabling us to discover all that we can achieve in it. We break new ground in embracing a diverse range of art forms, styles and cultures and our season features a distinguished array of world-renowned professional artists - many of whom will combine performances with student interaction via teaching, masterclasses and mentoring - and also our own remarkable students. Our focus remains on creativity, communication and quality engagement with our audiences - please do tell us about your experience, and if you haven't been before, please join us soon!

Elizabeth Cairncross Principal

Mark Stringer Director of Music

Box Office Online booking: Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 12.30pm. Open all year except for bank holidays. 01749 834483 Sales and ticket collection: Box Office, Polydor House, 3 The Liberty, Wells, Somerset BA5 2SS Please note that all billings are subject to change.

Why not join us for a drink in Cedars Hall? Whether you prefer a local cider, west country ale, soft drink or refreshing gin and tonic, we have something for everyone. You can pre-order your interval drinks on arrival.

Bar open one hour prior to most performances

THE CLOSEST HOTEL TO CEDARS HALL The recently refurbished 15th century White Hart Hotel in Wells is just 5 minutes’ walk from Cedars Hall and directly opposite the famous Cathedral. It is also one of the only hotels to offer parking. They have created two packages for anyone attending concerts at Cedars Hall to use.

Bed and Breakfast including free parking £85.00 for two sharing a double or twin room Dinner Bed and breakfast including free parking £120.00 for two sharing a double or twin room To book call reservations on 01749 672 056 or email quoting ‘Cedars Hall package’


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Friday 8th September 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Four Hands, One Piano with Joe Tong and Waka Hasegawa “Exhilarating pianism” - The Independent Mozart - Andante with Variations in G major; David Matthews - Variations on a theme of Haydn; Schubert - Fantasy in F minor; Debussy - Petite Suite; Prokofiev - Classical Symphony (arr. Hasegawa); Ravel - La Valse (arr. Garban)

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Joe Tong, one of Wells Cathedral School’s senior piano staff, and his duo partner Waka Hasegawa, elevate piano duets to a whole new level. The programme includes favourites by Mozart, Schubert and Ravel plus a new work by David Matthews, co-commissioned for them by the Cheltenham Festival. Tickets: £10 unreserved Free for 25s and under (CAVATINA Concert) 5




Friday 15th - Sunday 17th September

BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend Towards the Revolution As a young Moscow virtuoso in the 1980s, Alexander Melnikov was mentored by Sviatoslav Richter and is now acclaimed as an artist of wide-ranging curiosity and rare imagination. For this BBC residency in Wells, he curates four concerts marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution with solo piano, chamber and vocal music by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Scriabin and Shostakovich. Inspired by the BBC’s New Generation Artists Scheme, of which he himself was a member, Melnikov has hand-picked rising stars from across Europe, plus the great Joan Rodgers CBE, recognised as one of the finest interpreters of Russian song of our time. These concerts will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 later in the autumn. Be part of this historic musical event and help put Cedars Hall on the map with this stellar lineup of performers.





Concert 1: Alexander Melnikov (piano) Friday 15th September, 8.00pm - 9.15pm Prokofiev - Visions fugitives (selection), op.22 Scriabin - Vers la flamme Rachmaninov - Variations on a Theme by Chopin, op.22

Concert 2: Julia Sitkovetsky (soprano) and Alexander Melnikov (piano) Saturday 16th September, 2.00pm - 3.15pm Prokofiev - Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova, op.27 Rachmaninov - Vocalise, op.34 no.14 Prokovfiev - The Ugly Duckling, op.18 Rachmaninov - Six Romances, op.38

Concert 3: Andrei Ionita (cello) and Alexander Melnikov (piano) Saturday 16th September, 8.00pm - 9.15pm Scriabin - Piano Sonata no.9 Black Mass Rachmaninov - Sonata for Piano and Cello

Concert 4: Alexandra Conunova (violin), Andrei Ionita (cello), Alexander Melnikov (piano) and Joan Rodgers (soprano) Sunday 17th September, 3.00pm - 4.15pm Shostakovich - Piano Trio no.1, op.8 Shostakovich - Preludes and Fugues, op.87 no.7 in A major and no.8 in F sharp minor Shostakovich - Seven Romances for Soprano and Piano Trio, op.127

Tickets: ÂŁ15 unreserved Free for 25s and under (CAVATINA Concert) 01749 834483


Saturday 23rd September to Sunday 8th October

Sunday 24th September 4.00pm - 6.30pm

Somerset Art Weeks Exhibition

Charity Tea Dance

The 2017 Somerset Art Weeks (SAW) Festival features a range of exhibitions, projects and events in more than 100 locations, alongside new commissions and educational projects by more than 300 artists. This year Cedars Hall makes its SAW debut as an exhibition space with a selection of artwork in a range of media by student artists of all ages. We hope to make this an annual event. Please note this exhibition is open for public viewing an hour before each concert.

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Perhaps it’s the Strictly effect, or maybe a more basic desire simply to dance and socialise together, but the tea dance of the 1930s and 40s is back. Only this time it attracts young and old alike. Brush up your quickstep and foxtrot for a civilised afternoon of dancing and tea. And if you’re a total beginner, don’t worry - we’ll have expert coaches and some surprise guests to get you on your feet. Period dress optional. All proceeds will go to the Wells students’ #SwabforSykes appeal, supporting former specialist musician Stephen Sykes and other people requiring stem cell transplants.

Tickets: £15 including afternoon tea Free for 25s and under

Monday 25th September 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Piano Masters 1: Benjamin Grosvenor “Commands the stage with aristocratic ease... Mr Grosvenor makes you sigh with joy.” - New York Times Our Piano Masters series continues with a remarkable young artist who wowed national audiences by winning the 2004 BBC Young Musician Keyboard final at the age of just 11. He made an electrifying Proms debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at 19, and his Carnegie Hall debut two years ago had American reviewers reaching for superlatives. Benjamin’s Cedars Hall recital includes music by Bach, Brahms, Debussy and Ravel. Do not miss a rare opportunity to hear this sensational young pianist close up - we may not be able to afford him again! Tickets: £14 - £23 Free for 25s and under

Jazz in the Foyer The John Baxter Foyer, Cedars Hall Monday 16th October and Monday 11th December 7.00pm - 9.30pm Free admission, bar open Wells Cathedral School specialist musicians present a set of jazz standards and originals followed by an open jam session. Speak to Ed Leaker, Head of Jazz, when you arrive if you wish to play.





Monday 25th - Thursday 28th September

Geek Week For geeks, non-geeks and everyone in between Monday 25th September, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Lecture 1: Hands On with Jessye Aggleton (archaeologist) The Bristol-based forensic archaeologist uses scanning and imaging technology on Neanderthal fossil hands and their modern human equivalent to work out what they were - and are - capable of doing. A combination of archaeology, anthropology and anatomy contributes to this fascinating exploration of this most complex and remarkable part of the human body.

Tuesday 26th September, 4.15pm - 5.15pm

Lecture 2: The Creation of Number with Ben Sparks (mathematician)

As part of a school-wide Maths Day, the University of Bath-based mathematician, musician and educator explores where numbers come from. An entertaining journey through humanity’s attempts to wrestle with the deepest questions behind our day-to-day use of numbers and their consequences.

Thursday 28th September, 4.15pm - 5.15pm

Lecture 3: The Domesticated Brain with Professor Bruce Hood (psychologist)

In many ways humans have become a self-domesticating species, selecting characteristics best suited for co-operation, co-existence and co-ordination and developing a sense of identity or “self”, an idea so compelling that we rarely question it. Is it real or one of the illusory tricks our brains play on us? The Bristol-based experimental psychologist shares startling new research. Tickets: £5 unreserved Free for 25s and under 10






Wednesday 27th September 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Thursday 28th September 7.00pm - 9.15pm

Film: Primer

Science Comedy: Festival of the Spoken Nerd

Cult sci-fi thriller Primer is the story of young engineers Aaron and Abe whose boring day jobs are designing error-checking technology. Working in Aaron’s garage by night, they are more ambitious and realise they may have stumbled on a method of time travel through experiments with electromagnetic weight reduction. Testing it has unforeseeable consequences. Written, directed, produced, edited and scored by Shane Carruth (who also stars), Primer is noted for its ultra-low ($7,000) budget, experimental plot structure, philosophical implications and complex technical dialogue, which Carruth, a maths graduate himself, chose not to simplify. Winner of the 2004 Sundance Jury Prize. Tickets: £8 unreserved Free for 25s and under 01749 834483


You Can't Polish a Nerd “Great, funny, clever… even the heckles at this terrific show are smart” - The Scotsman The science phenomenons are back in Wells! Join stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, TV experiments maestro Steve Mould and award-winning geek songstress Helen Arney as they put the “oooh” into zoology, the “fun” into fundamental theorem of calculus and the “recursion” into recursion. Featuring a veritable Periodic Table of new science, songs and spreadsheets, this show will tickle your ribs and light your Bunsen burner. Tickets: £17.50 £14 for 25s and under 11

Saturday 30th September 7.00pm - 8.10pm

Monday 2nd October 7.00pm - 9.10pm

Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas 3/5

Mozart and Schubert Quintets

with Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Daniel Tong (piano)

IMS Prussia Cove

For this third instalment in our complete Beethoven violin sonatas series with Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong, they have invited 10 eminent composers to each write a short work inspired by one of the sonatas. In this concert, Judith Bingham and Huw Watkins respond to the dramatic sonata in A minor op.23 and its muchloved companion piece op.24 in F major (Spring). This performance will be recorded for CD.

Every September the world’s leading chamber musicians gather at a cliff-top retreat in Cornwall to study and play together. Cedars Hall is privileged to welcome them on their way back, refreshed and inspired, with the Schubert Trout and Mozart G minor String Quintets, plus a new work by Mark Anthony Turnage.

They also will be returning on 13th November and 18th December (see pages 21/29). Tickets: £10 unreserved Free for 25s and under (CAVATINA Concert) 12

40th Anniversary Tour

Double bass masterclass with Matthew McDonald (Principal Double Bass, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) 2.30pm - 4.00pm Admission free Tickets: £14 - £23 Free for 25s and under (CAVATINA Concert)

Thursday 5th October 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Sunday 8th October 5.30pm - 7.15pm

Clarinet Master: Mark Simpson

Walton's Facade

with Richard Uttley (piano) Since the time of Mozart, the true composer-performer has been a rare breed. In England, only Britten (and perhaps Lennon and McCartney) spring to mind. Now there may be another. At 17, Mark Simpson won both BBC Young Musician and BBC Proms/ Guardian Young Composer competitions. He plays English music from Finzi to Howells and his own, partnered by another rising star, Richard Uttley.

Clarinet masterclass with Mark Simpson 2.00pm - 3.30pm Admission free Tickets: £10 unreserved Free for 25s and under (CAVATINA Concert) 01749 834483

with William Sitwell, Zeb Soanes, Covent Garden Sinfonia and Ben Palmer (conductor) Masterchef food critic and writer William Sitwell narrates his great-aunt’s Entertainment with BBC Radio 4 newsreader Zeb Soanes, as well as the world premiere of a new music-theatre work based on his award-winning book about Lord Woolton and the wartime Ministry of Food, Eggs or Anarchy. Food-related films and events will run throughout the day in Cedars Hall. Look out for further announcements nearer the date.

Sponsored by Sacla UK in association with Wells Food Festival. Tickets: £14 - £23 Free for 25s and under (CAVATINA Concert) 13

Monday 9th October 11.00am - 5.00pm

Thursday 12th October to Friday 24th November

Conservatoire Audition Day

EXPOSURE! Clive Barda Retrospective Exhibition

For our final-year specialist musicians, autumn is a whirlwind of conservatoire and university auditions as they prepare to embark on the next, crucial step of their training. The successful transition from gifted young musician to fullyequipped professional has never been tougher, nor required more dedication and resolve. All music-making needs an audience, and we thought you would like to hear the cream of this year’s crop in some of the most important performance of their careers so far.

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“Musicians are not the easiest of subjects in the world, and it is our great good luck that Clive works with us.” - Vladimir Ashkenazy We are privileged to be able to show this tribute to Clive Barda’s remarkable lifetime career photographing the performing arts. He will also be working with young musicians and photographers at the school throughout the autumn, passing on skills and inspiration. Please note this exhibition is open for public viewing an hour before each concert.

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Thursday 12th October 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Friday 13th October 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Piano Masters 2: Barry Douglas

New Street Kammermusik

“This translator came up to me after the first round and said, ‘Barry, get me tickets for the final, I think you’re going to win. You had the top marks for the first round.’ So I felt, I’ve got a chance, I’ve got to start working till the finishing line...” - Barry Douglas

with Marie Lloyd (clarinet), Robert Salter (violin), Penny Driver (cello), Joseph Tong (piano) and Lydia Scadding (piano)

The Belfast-born 1986 Tchaikovsky gold-medal winner presents two summits of the piano repertoire Schubert's epic Wanderer Fantasy and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky - plus music by Brahms.

Piano masterclass with Barry Douglas Friday 13th October 10.00am - 12.30pm Admission free Tickets: £14 - £23 Free for 25s and under 16

Wells has a secret population: a bevy of world-class performers who generously pass on some of their huge experience to the exceptional young musicians at Wells Cathedral School. Here five of them get together in chamber music for clarinet, strings and piano by Schumann and Brahms. A wonderful opportunity to experience this gorgeous repertoire up close in the company of friends.

Tickets: £10 unreserved Free for 25s and under (CAVATINA Concert)

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th October, 1.05pm - 2.00pm

Thursday 19th October 2.00pm - 3.30pm

new music wells Lunchtime Concerts

Young Composers' Masterclass with Howard Skempton

The Cathedral’s contemporary music festival invites Wells Cathedral School musicians to play their own works alongside music by this year’s featured composer, Howard Skempton. Founded in 2008 by Matthew Owens, Organist and Master of the Choristers, this innovative festival celebrates sacred choral and organ music of the previous 40 years during all services, together with world premiere performances by Wells Cathedral Choir and organists and many associated musicians.

Please note that these concerts take place in Wells Cathedral.

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As he approaches his 70th birthday at the end of October, the composer, teacher, pianist, accordionist and founder of the Scratch Orchestra works with young composers at Wells Cathedral School on their new music in Cedars Hall. His own new choral works will be premiered by Wells Cathedral Choir following this masterclass at the 5.15pm service of Choral Evensong in the Cathedral. Howard Skempton will also be in conversation with fellow composers for Composer Conversations with Michael Berkeley at 2.30pm on Wednesday 18th October in the Cathedral’s Education Room.

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Thursday 19th and Friday 20th October 7.00pm - 9.15pm

Give My Regards to Broadway with the Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra and vocalists and Pete Harrison (conductor) For two nights only, Times Square has been added to the Wells’ street map as Maestro Pete Harrison conducts a glittering programme of Broadway musical theatre classics, including numbers from Chicago, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Carousel, Evita, Cats, Wicked and more.

This is a rare opportunity to hear these timeless scores presented in glorious symphonic sound by Wells Cathedral School’s premier orchestra and singers. Book early and let them give you “the old razzle dazzle”.

Tickets: £15 unreserved Free for 25s and under 01749 834483


Sunday 22nd October 8.00pm - 9.10pm

Sunday 5th November 3.00pm - 6.00pm

Masterpieces for String Quartet 1/4

Patricia Routledge: Facing the Music

with the Alberni Quartet

A Life in Musical Theatre

Cedars Hall’s quartet in residence continues its Sunday evening series, pairing two great works from the string quartet repertoire. Haydn’s famous quartet, op.74 no.3 is nicknamed The Rider due to its galloping finale.

The star of Keeping Up Appearances trained not only as an actress but also as a singer. Her many awards include a Tony for the Styne-Harburg musical Darling of the Day on Broadway and a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance as the Old Lady in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Sixty-five years of experience on stage and screen find her on sparkling form as she talks to Edward Seckerson about her long and fascinating career. Complete with musical illustrations, this is a show to go on your ‘bucket’ list!

Move on a century and the last movement of the much-loved “American” quartet by Dvorák is unmistakably infused with the rhythms of steam locomotives at speed. Plus ça change!

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Tickets: £12 - £20

Friday 10th November 7.00pm - 9.10pm

Monday 13th November 7.00pm - 8.10pm

Carismático: Tango de Amor

Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas 4/5

Enjoy a family night of dance, drama and romance with Carismático, the dynamic new tango ensemble led by Karen Street and Andy Tweed. With music by Saul Cosentino and Piazzolla, the performance also features Argentina’s finest tango singer, Martin Alvarado, and dancers Miriam Orcutt and Dante Culcuy, honoured at milongas and festivals across the world and World Tango Championships finalists in Buenos Aires.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.00pm Christopher Eldridge explores the history and politics, 35 years on, behind Britain’s last colonial war.

Tickets: £12 - £20 Free for 25s and under 01749 834483

with Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Daniel Tong (piano) Krysia and Daniel continue their cycle of Beethoven violin sonatas, alongside specially commissioned short works inspired by them. Two sides of Beethoven are on show, both reflecting his struggle to come to terms with increasing deafness: the achingly lyrical A major and robustly energetic G major sonatas op.30 nos.1 and 3. The evening also features new music by Kurt Schwertsik and Jeremy Thurlow.

Violin masterclass with Krysia Osostowicz Tuesday 14th November, 2.00pm Admission free Tickets: £10 unreserved Free for 25s and under (CAVATINA Concert) 21

Friday 17th November 7.00pm - 9.10pm

Saturday 18th November 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock

Wells Cathedral School's Jazz Orchestra in Concert

A happy accident of tour scheduling enables two of Scotland's finest jazz maestros, saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock to collide in Wells and showcase their acclaimed reworkings of the great standards. If playfulness, emotional truth and a dash of humour are hallmarks of the very best artists, expect an evening of serious, life-affirming fun.

Jazz workshop with Tommy Smith in Quilter Hall 2.00pm - 3.30pm Admission free

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Swinging classics to light up an autumn night from Wells Cathedral School’s premier jazz ensemble. Directed by acclaimed saxophonist Andy Tweed, the band includes some of the finest young jazz players in the country, so expect superlative standards of musicianship and virtuosity. Early booking is advised as this concert will sell out quickly.

Tickets: £10 - £17 Free for 25s and under

Thursday 23rd November 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Piano Recital: Young-Choon Park “…seductive clarity without falling into dryness or pedantry – not only power, fire and passion but also proportion and form…” - Suddeutsch Zeitung South Korean-born pianist Young-Choon Park began to learn the piano at the age of four and gave her first full recital when she was seven. Two years later she was playing concertos with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra and at 12 was sent, on her own, to study at the Juilliard School in New York, staying with a Korean woman she had never met. “Be careful what you wish for your children, however talented” might be the moral here, but she survived and thrived. We are delighted that she is now coming to work with our exceptionally talented young pianists and also give this recital of much-loved pieces by Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin.

Proceeds from this concert will go to the Friends of Music at Wells Cathedral School. With the generous support of Mr David Brown.

Young pianists masterclass with Young-Choon Park Friday 24th November 10.00am - 12.30pm Admission free

Tickets: £10 unreserved Free for 25s and under 01749 834483


Sunday 26th November 8.00pm - 9.10pm

Friday 1st December 7.00pm - 8.50pm

Masterpieces for String Quartet 2/4 with the Alberni Quartet Masterpieces by Mozart and Schubert are the works introduced and played by Cedars Hall’s resident ensemble tonight. Schubert’s final string quartet in G major is an epic confrontation between dark and light, minor and major, written over just 10 days of white-hot inspiration in 1826. By way of a substantial introduction, The Hunt quartet K.458 is Mozart’s flawlessly elegant 1784 tribute to Haydn.

Film: Whiplash “It will spit you out elated, exhausted and cheering for an encore.” - Empire “Genius!” - The Daily Telegraph

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A promising young drummer wins a place at a cut-throat New York conservatoire where his dreams of success come up against a teacher who will stop at literally

Saturday 2nd December 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Composers’ Showcase “I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.” - JS Bach New works written and performed by Wells Cathedral School’s talented (and hard-working) young composers under the guidance of Paul Whitmarsh, our acclaimed composer-in-residence.

nothing to realise his students’ potential. This is a must-see, provocative, lacerating drama - especially in the context of a specialist music school such as Wells Cathedral School - with a remarkable payoff. Tickets: £8 unreserved Free for 25s and under Strictly for ages 14 and over 01749 834483

Featuring a variety of ensembles, soloists and musical styles, expect exuberance and the vivid imagination of youth.

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Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice

Book by Linda Woolverton

Originally directed by Robert Jess Roth Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe). All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe. 26

Wednesday 6th December Thursday 7th December Friday 8th December Saturday 9th December (Gala Performance) 7.30pm Based on the smash hit 1991 Disney movie and dating back to a late 18th-century classic French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village. When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster, who was long ago trapped in his gruesome form by an enchantress. Can she save him from his fate before the last petal falls? Following a triumphant and sold-out run of Les Miserables two years ago, Wells Cathedral School returns to Strode Theatre with a feast for the eyes and ears. Tickets: £15 - £22 £10 (children under 16) Box office: 01458 442846 Monday – Saturday, 10am – 2pm 01749 834483


Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th December 4.15pm - 5.00pm

The Snowman Who can resist the heart-melting fantasy about a boy whose snowman magically comes to life at midnight on Christmas Eve? Now as familiar a part of Christmas for many of us as Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody and The Queen’s Speech, every year a whole new generation of children discover it for the first time. A Christmas family film screening of Raymond 28

Brigg’s enchanting Oscarnominated animated film with Howard Blake’s score played live by Wells Cathedral School’s star musicians. Walking in the Air will weave its magic all over again.

Tickets: £8 unreserved £5 for 12s and under

Saturday 16th December 7.00pm - 9.15pm

Monday 18th December 7.00pm - 8.10pm

Christmas Gala

Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas 5/5

with Clare Teal and the Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra “Jing, jing-a-ling!” The much-loved local singer and broadcaster, Clare Teal, returns by popular acclaim with an evening of seasonal classics and more, backed by Cedars Hall’s resident big band the Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra. If you couldn’t get a ticket for Clare’s last visit, now’s your chance. The party’s on!

Tickets: £17 - £28 01749 834483

with Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Daniel Tong (piano) This is the closing instalment in our cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas performed alongside contemporary works inspired by them. Krysia and Dan round off proceedings with short pieces by Elspeth Brooke and David Matthews responding to the good-humoured E flat sonata, op.12 no.3 in E flat and Beethoven’s final work in the genre, op.96 in G major, a masterpiece of calm, ethereal beauty.

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Calendar of free concerts and events 23rd September, 7.00pm 26th September, 1.05pm 27th September, 12.30pm 28th September, 1.05pm 29th September, 1.05pm 2nd October, 10.00am 2nd October 2.30pm 3rd October, 1.05pm 5th October, 1.05pm 5th Ocober, 2.00pm 6th October, 7.00pm 9th October, 4.00pm 10th October, 1.05pm 12th October, 1.05pm 12th October, 4.00pm 13th October 10.00am 13th October, 1.05pm 16th October, 7.00pm 17th October, 1.05pm 17th October, 1.05pm 18th October, 1.05pm 19th October, 1.05pm 19th October, 2.00pm 20th October, 4.00pm 7th November, 1.05pm 9th November, 1.05pm 11th November, 7.00pm 12th November, 3.00pm 14th November, 1.05pm 14th November, 2.00pm 16th November, 1.05pm 16th November, 4.45pm 17th November, 1.05 pm 17th November, 3.00pm 19th November, 3.00pm 21st November, 1.05 pm 21st November, 5.00pm 23rd November, 1.05pm 24th November, 10.00am 24th November, 1.05 pm 24th November, 4.00pm

Gala Recital Showcase Concert Lunchtime Concert Concert (St John’s Church, Midsomer Norton) Lunchtime Concert Lunchtime Concert Brass Chamber Masterclass with Kevin Price Double Bass Masterclass with Matthew McDonald Lunchtime Concert Lunchtime Concert Clarinet Masterclass with Mark Simpson Gala Recital Showcase Concert Percussion Masterclass with Sam Walton, LSO Lunchtime Concert Lunchtime Concert Trumpet Lecture by Jeff Purtle Piano Masterclass with Barry Douglas Lunchtime Concert Jazz in the Foyer Lunchtime Concert new music wells Lunchtime Concert new music wells Lunchtime Concert Lunchtime Concert Composers' Masterclass with Howard Skelton Open Platform: Teatime Trumpets Lunchtime Concert Lunchtime Concert Upper School Concert Performance Platform: Keyboard Department Lunchtime Concert Violin Masterclass with Krysia Osostowicz Lunchtime Concert Performance Platform: Percussion Department Lunchtime Concert Jazz Workshop with Tommy Smith Performance Platform: String Department Percussion Lunchtime Concert Performance Platform: Keyboard Department Young Pianists Lunchtime Concert Young Pianists Masterclass with Young-Choon Park Lunchtime Concert Lower School Concert

27th November, 10.00am 28th November, 1.05pm 28th November, 6.00pm

Trumpet Masterclass with Paul Cosh Lunchtime Concert Performance Platform: Rock and Pop Department

29th November, 7.00pm 30th November, 1.05pm 30th November, 4.45pm 1st December, 6.00pm 2nd December, 7.00pm 3rd December, 3.00pm 4th December, 10.00am 5th December, 1.05pm 7th December, 1.05pm 8th December, 4.00pm 9th December, 11.30am 11th December, 7.00pm 12th December, 7.30pm

Performance Platform: Keyboard Department Lunchtime Concert Performance Platform: Years 3-6 Performance Platform: Woodwind Department Composers' Showcase Concert Performance Platform: String Department Trumpet Masterclass with Paul Cosh Lunchtime Concert Lunchtime Concert Open Platform: Spotlight on Brass Wells Young Musician String Orchestra Concert Jazz in the Foyer Friends of Music Christmas Concert

Cedars Hall

Quilter Hall

Cathedral Concert

About our free concerts Our free concerts feature our talented Wells Cathedral School specialist and non-specialist musicians from the Junior and Senior School. Typically, doors open 15 minutes before the start of each concert, and everyone is welcome. For lunchtime concerts there is a retiring collection in aid of Friends of Music at Wells Cathedral School. For full details, please visit as times and location may be subject to change.

Quilter Hall Part of the Music School opposite Wells Cathedral, Quilter Hall is a small, medieval concert hall. Quilter Hall is used for smaller concerts such as our lunchtime series, masterclasses, early music and chamber music concerts.

To enquire about: Hiring Cedars Hall or Quilter Hall contact the events team: / 01749 834230 Advertising and sponsorship opportunities contact Sue Bartucca: / 01749 834230 Artistic planning and recordings contact Bill Lloyd: / 01749 834459 Music at Wells Cathedral School contact Mark Stringer: / 01749 834462

Friends of Music - support and benefits The independent charity Friends of Music at Wells Cathedral School supports the talented and enthusiastic young musicians at the school by raising funds to purchase instruments, subsidise concert tours and give grants to the Music Faculty as needed. Benefits of becoming a Friend include discounted tickets to all concerts, advance booking information, invitations to masterclasses and special events, and regular magazines and newsletters. To find out more, please contact: Mary Browning Friends of Music Membership Secretary Polydor House, 3 The Liberty, Wells, Somerset BA5 2SS Registered Charity Number: 1013509

CAVATINA Concerts Free tickets for 25s and under at some of our concerts are made possible with the support of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust. Please see the concert listings for eligible concerts. Young people with these tickets will be asked to complete a form on arrival at the concert. The CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust was formed in 1998 with the aim of developing young audiences for chamber music. 32

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). We are able to allocate disabled-only parking in the car park adjacent to Cedars House on The Liberty. Please contact the box office (01749 834483) to reserve a space. Further evening-only parking is available in Mundy’s Meadow car park, which is free for this season, see map below; from here it is a short trafficfree walk via Lovers Walk to The Liberty. Additional spaces are available in the city’s many public car parks. All these car parks are within a 15-minute walk from Cedars Hall: Market Square (BA5 2RB); Waitrose (BA5 2PJ); 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, visit OLD BRISTOL ROAD













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Nick Clegg, Sarah Perry, Stephen Westaby, Clare Balding, Daisy Goodwin, Fergal Keane, Helen Czerski, Harriet Harman, A. C. Grayling, Hollie McNish, June Sarpong, Simon Jenkins, Andy Hamilton, Owen Sheers, Alan Johnson

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Instrumental Skills Days

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Inspirational and motivational musical activities and training run by leading professional musicians that are tailored for students, teachers and music enthusiasts of all ages and abilities...

Drum Kit Day

French Horn Day

Brass Skills Day

Sunday 24th Sept 2017

Sunday 12th Nov 2017

Sunday 21st Jan 2018

For more details please contact: Dominique Swain, Music Outreach Coordinator T: 01749 834487 (term-time only) E:



Be what you are at Wells Pre-Prep and Nursery Open Afternoon (3-7) Wednesday 20th September, 2.00pm Music School Open Morning Saturday 23rd September, 10.30am Open Day (3-18) Saturday 14th October, 10.30am Scholarship Day* Thursday 30th November, All day For more information, to book a tour or to apply for a scholarship, contact our admissions team on 01749 834441 or at *Please apply by Monday 6th November 36

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