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Welcome to this new season, in a new year, of events at Wells Cathedral School - the season in which we’ll welcome the spring! It’s also the season when we’ll be formally rededicating our small, medieval, former concert hall. We’re now calling it Quilter Hall, after Alan and Sheila Quilter, the couple who recreated this school, launched the school’s ability to sustain its music specialism and did so much to ensure that it flourishes now. This lovely building partners Cedars Hall, our extraordinary Cathedral and our other historic buildings - each equally lovely and entirely different in style, size and scope. We look forward to welcoming you to some - or all! - of the fascinating, thought provoking and supremely entertaining events outlined in this brochure. Elizabeth Cairncross, Principal Our Spring 2017 events programme spans a diverse and comprehensive range of styles and art forms presented by a distinguished array of visiting artists and our own students. Building on the success of our inaugural series, our focus is on engagement with our audiences and, wherever possible, enabling our students to benefit from coaching, masterclasses and mentoring delivered by world-renowned professionals. Our artistic endeavours at Wells are essentially about creativity and communication and you, our audience, play a crucial part in that. We hope that you will find our offering stimulating, and we welcome your feedback about any aspect of your experience when you visit us. Mark Stringer, Director of Music

Free tickets for young people (25s and under) at some of our concerts are made possible with the support of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust. Please look out for the CAVATINA logo 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.

How to book and contact us Wells Cathedral School Events For more details about our concerts and events, and to book your tickets online, visit T: 01749 834483 E: The box office is open Monday to Friday, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm For ticket collection and box office sales in person: Polydor House, 3 The Liberty, Wells, Somerset BA5 2SS For directions and where to park, see page 25. To enquire about:

Hiring Cedars Hall or Quilter Hall please email Kay Pennycott at Advertising and sponsorship opportunities please email Sue Bartucca at Artistic planning and recordings please email Bill Lloyd at Music at Wells Cathedral School please email Mark Stringer at

Friends of Music - support and benefit The Friends of Music at Wells Cathedral School is an independent charity, which 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 Department 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 T: 01749 834493 (term-time) E: Registered Charity Number: 1013509


Loveliest of Trees with Claire Tomalin, James Gilchrist (tenor) and Anna Tilbrook (piano) Sunday, 8th January, 7.15 pm - 9.45 pm Pre-concert talk, 7.15 pm. Concert, 8.00 pm The renowned biographer talks about her mother Muriel Herbert, one of the first women to study composition at the Royal College of Music. After a brief spell of success, marriage and motherhood intervened and her work lay forgotten in an attic for 50 years. It's a story of early talent, unrequited love, missed opportunities and a final, joyous rediscovery, followed by a recital of Herbert songs and those of contemporaries including Roger Quilter, George Butterworth, John Ireland and Benjamin Britten. Enjoy an evocative evening of English song with two of its most acclaimed performers. Cedars Hall Tickets: £14 to £23, including pre-concert talk. Free for 25s and under.

Surround Sound Sing Choral Extravaganza with Wells Cathedral School Choralia and Rupert Gough Saturday, 14th January, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm A concert of vibrant choral music exploring new sounds and musical textures in the contemporary acoustic spaces of Cedars Hall. Directed by Rupert Gough with the Royal Holloway Choir and Wells Cathedral School Choralia, the concert features Eric Whitacre's Cloudburst, barbershop songs and works by Monteverdi, Rautavaara and Reich. Come and hear two of the country's most acclaimed young choirs being put through their paces by one of our leading choral trainers. Cedars Hall Tickets: £10 to £17.

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Master Residency

with Leonid Gorokhov (cello) Wednesday, 18th January, 7.00 pm - 9.15 pm "Gorokhov is one of those rare artists who combines a natural communicative skill with awesome technical command.” - Classic FM Bach Suite No.5 in C minor for solo cello Rachmaninov Cello Sonata Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor Op.25 The virtuoso cello three ways - solo, in sonata and as the foundation of a Brahms piano quartet - is joined by key members of our teaching faculty and friends. Leonid Gorokhov is a musician with a stellar international playing career who has a passion for teaching and chamber music at the highest level. Our Master Residency series combines exceptional performing with public coaching - a rich insight into the preparation and interpretation of this seminal repertoire. All proceeds from this concert will go to the Friends of Music of Wells Cathedral School. Cedars Hall Tickets: £14 to £23. Free for 25s and under. Public masterclasses: Monday, 16th and Tuesday, 17th January 10.00 am - 12.30 pm, admission free.

Wells Cathedral School Young Composers' Showcase Sunday, 22nd January, 8.00 pm - 9.15 pm With exciting new works by young composers at Wells Cathedral School, you can expect a musical smörgåsbord, courtesy of the vivid and fearless musical imagination of youth, featuring instrumental, ensemble and vocal compositions performed by the students themselves. Cedars Hall Admission free.


Wells Cathedral School Brass and Percussion Promenade Concert Tuesday, 24th January, 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm Celebrating 75 years of the iconic radio programme Desert Island Discs, specialist music staff at Wells have chosen their all-time favourite brass and percussion music for students to perform in the unique acoustic spaces of Wells Cathedral. Wells Cathedral Tickets: £8 available from Wells Cathedral box office, 01749 672773, and on the door.

Wells Cathedral School Woodwind Promenade Concert Wednesday, 25th January, 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm An eclectic programme of ensembles demonstrating the rich variety of colours in the Wind Department and beyond. Featuring music by Dvořák, Janáček, James MacMillan and Bob Mintzer. Wells Cathedral Tickets: £8 available from Wells Cathedral box office, 01749 672773, and on the door.

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Trombone Superstar: Michael Buchanan with Katarzyna Wieczorek (piano) Friday, 27th January, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm Programme includes music by Franck, Gershwin, Ravel, Korngold, Bruch and Stephjan Sûlek Aged only 23, trombonist Michael Buchanan is one of those rare musicians whose interpretative artistry and astounding technique are redefining the possibilities for his instrument. A student at Wells until 2012, he has since won a stream of major international prizes and awards, was appointed the principal trombonist of Scottish Opera at the unheard-of age of just 20, and is now with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. If you thought the Franck Sonata was for violinists only, or can't imagine Gershwin and Ravel songs without a voice, come and be amazed. Cedars Hall Tickets: £10 to £16. Free for 25s and under. Public masterclass: Thursday, 26th January, 10.00 am - 12.30 pm, admission free.

Piano Masters 2 with Ashley Wass Friday, 3rd February, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm “…possesses the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays into pure gold.” - Gramophone Magazine Beethoven - Sonata in D minor Op.31 No.2 Tempest; Smetana - Macbeth and the Witches; Liszt - Concert Paraphrase on Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream; Prokofiev - 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet Introducing Cedars Hall's brand new Steinway piano, a thrilling Shakespeare-inspired recital by one of Britain’s most acclaimed young pianists who, when he's not touring the world, happens to live in Shepton Mallet. Cedars Hall Tickets: £14 to £23. Free for 25s and under. Public masterclass: Saturday, 4th February 10.00 am - 12.30 pm, admission free.


Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra with Pete Harrison (conductor) and Zoë Tweed (horn) Friday, 10th February, 7.30 pm - 9.15 pm Shostakovich - Festive Overture; Franz Strauss - Horn Concerto;  Sibelius - Symphony No.2 A blaze of sound to set the medieval vaults ringing as a symphony orchestra heralds the spring. The colossal Second Symphony by Sibelius roused a nationalistic ferment on its first performances in Helsinki. Fellow Finnish composer Sulho Ranta said, "There is something about this music - at least for us - that leads us to ecstasy; almost like a shaman with his magic drum." Wells Cathedral Tickets: £8 - £17

Ensemble Burletta with Shelley Levy (clarinet), Katalin Kertész and Joanne Green (violins), Nichola Blakey (viola) and Cressida Nash (cello) Sunday, 12th February, 5.00 pm - 6.45 pm Pre-concert talk and tea, 4.00 pm Bach-Mozart - Two Fugues for String Quartet; Hans Gál and Brahms - Clarinet Quintets For a clarinet-based chamber group, the quintet of Hans Gál is a joyful and important discovery. It was written at the age of 87 by an Austrian-born composer who came to Britain as a refugee when his blossoming career was turned upside down by the Nazi annexation. Preceded by tea and a talk with Katalin Kertész, the composer's granddaughter-in-law. Proceeds from this concert go to Médecins Sans Frontières, a favourite charity of the school students, which works tirelessly with today's own generation of international refugees. Cedars Hall Tickets: £14 to £23, including tea and pre-concert talk. Free for 25s and under. 01749 834483


A Mendip Winterreise with Johannes Kammler (baritone) and Roger Vignoles (piano) Sunday, 19th February, 8.00 pm - 9.15 pm Rising star, German baritone Johannes Kammler is joined by Roger Vignoles for this unique multi-media presentation of Schubert's great song cycle, Winterreise - Winter Journey. The composer understood that we each have a winter journey to make. His own opens with the lines “I came here as a stranger / A stranger I depart," and then unfolds like a Beckett play in a landscape as lonely as it is strange. Our own Somerset landscape in winter is the luminous backdrop to this unique performance, projected simultaneously with the songs in hundreds of specially-taken images by young photographers, alongside the original texts and their translation. Digital design by Ziggy Jacobs. Cedars Hall Tickets: £14 to £23

Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas 1/5 with Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Daniel Tong (piano) Thursday, 23rd February, 7.00 pm - 8.15 pm Jonathan Dove - Ludwig Games; Beethoven - Sonata in D, Op.12/1; Philip Ashworth - Air; Beethoven - Sonata in C minor, Op.30 No.2 A Beethoven cycle with a difference: Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong have invited 10 eminent composers to write short companion pieces, each responding to one of Beethoven’s violin sonatas. In the context of this dialogue between past and present, Beethoven’s music will also sound newly minted, as radical and provocative as it was 200 years ago. This concert is part of a project, Beethoven Plus, which marks the debut of Cedars Hall as a recording venue. Cedars Hall Tickets: £10 to £16. Free for 25s and under.


Wells Music Summer School

Join us for a fun and inspiring week (or two)!

International Jazz Week International Jazz Week 6th - 12th August 2017 6th - 12th August 2017 Our world-class tutors will nurture musicians (aged 13-18) to develop their jazz and improvisation skills within a creative and supportive environment. To get the most out of this course, we would recommend that the musicians have reached at least Grade 5 minimum standard. £695 Residential

£525 Non-residential

International Wind, Brass and Percussion Week 30th July - 6th August 2017 Our world-class tutors will nurture young musicians (aged 10-18) to develop their skills and confidence by exploring a range of exciting musical styles. All abilities are welcome - all that is needed is a desire to make music! £895 Residential

£695 Non-residential

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The Beatles: Eight Days A Week Friday, 24th February, 7.15 pm - 9.30 pm Sam Okell pre-screening talk, 6.30 pm This unique film showing of Ron Howard's acclaimed 2016 documentary is about the early years of The Beatles. It is introduced by old Wellensian Sam Okell who, with George Martin's son Giles, remastered thousands of hours of historic footage at Abbey Road Studios to capture the unique sound of the band live in concert. Eight Days a Week explores The Beatles' inner workings, how they made decisions, their extraordinary musical gifts and remarkable, complementary personalities. Don't miss this, booking recommended. Cedars Hall Tickets: £10 unreserved, including pre-screening talk. Free for 25s and under.

Wells Cathedral School Jazz Showcase Saturday, 25th February, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm Wells Cathedral School trains some of the best young jazz musicians in the country, and is also preparing for its first international jazz summer school in August. Past students have gone on to excel at jazz and improvisation at music college, with many now pursuing successful careers in the jazz and commercial music world. Prepare to be amazed. This is always a popular evening so booking is highly recommended. Cedars Hall Tickets: £10 to £17

Take your seat We invite you to Take Your Seat in Cedars Hall, joining Chorus and Descant donors in the Stalls and Gallery of Eavis Hall. A naming opportunity is a wonderful way of recognising someone special, of having something in perpetuity for you and your family to enjoy. To apply, please visit: 12

Piano Masters 3 with Stephen Hough Friday, 3rd March, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm "The most perfect piano playing conceivable." - The Guardian Debussy - Images books I and II; Schumann - Fantasie Op.17; Beethoven - Sonata in F minor Op.57 Appassionata We are thrilled to welcome the great Stephen Hough to Wells in both recital and masterclass. Described by the Washington Post as "a virtuoso who begins where others leave off ", he is also a polymath with a reputation not only as a uniquely insightful concert pianist, but also as writer and composer. What better example could be set to the exceptional young pianists here bent on following in his footsteps? Get in before they grab all the tickets! Cedars Hall Tickets: £14 to £23. Free for 25s and under. Public masterclass: Saturday, 4th March, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm, admission free.

Wells Cathedral School Jazz Orchestra with Andy Tweed (director) Saturday, 4th March, 7.30 pm Wells Cathedral School Jazz Orchestra (previously Big Band) return to Strode Theatre for a swinging night of jazz that is guaranteed to blow you away. Last year they performed with Iain Ballamy, playing a creative and demanding programme of his original compositions. This year features acclaimed jazz flautist Gareth Lockrane. They also recently supported Jamie Cullum and Van Morrison at the Glastonbury Extravaganza, performing to 10,000 people. Strode Theatre Tickets: £15 from Strode Theatre: 01458 442846,

Wells Cathedral School Showcase Concert Sunday, 5th March, 3.00 pm - 4.30 pm An eclectic evening of solo and ensemble music for groups large and small, including Variations on a Theme of Corelli by Rachmaninov, Koechlin pieces for horn trio, music for trumpets by Bach and barbershop songs. Cedars Hall Tickets: £10 to £17 01749 834483


An evening with Duncan Lamont and the Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra Saturday, 11th March, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm "Duncan Lamont is a true Renaissance Man... Long may he, his singers and music thrive." - London Jazz News 2015 Enjoy a historic night with veteran songwriter and sax superstar Duncan Lamont. Born in Greenock, Scotland, he played trumpet with Kenny Graham's Afro Cubists then switched to tenor sax and worked with almost everyone in show business, such as Henry Mancini, Benny Goodman, Gil Evans, Nelson Riddle, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Count Basie, Fred Astaire, Paul McCartney - the list is endless. This evening includes Lamont’s hit songs, original music for the cult TV series Mr Benn, and his Young Person's Guide to the Jazz Orchestra, a swinging companion for Benjamin Britten's Purcell-inspired masterpiece. His son, Duncan Lamont Jnr, joins him to direct the band. Cedars Hall Tickets: £17 to £28

Masterpieces for String Quartet with the Alberni Quartet Sunday, 12th March, 8.00 pm - 9.15 pm Mozart String Quartet in C K465 Dissonance Schubert String Quartet in D minor D810 Death and the Maiden The internationally-acclaimed Alberni Quartet begins its Cedars Hall residency with two of the finest pieces ever written for string quartet. This concert kicks off a Sunday series exploring masterpieces from the heart of the repertoire for everyone who already loves this music and those who may be coming to it for the first time. The music will be introduced by members of the quartet. Cedars Hall Tickets: £10 unreserved. Free for 25s and under. 14

Flute Recital with Robert Winn (flute) and Tim Carey (piano) Monday, 13th March, 7.00 pm - 8.15 pm Taffanel - Grande Fantasie sur Mignon; Sonatas by Hindemith, Otar Taktakishvili and Leonardo Vinci A recital and masterclass visit by Robert Winn, formerly principal flautist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Now internationally recognised as one of Europe’s most sought-after teachers, he can also be heard on many Hollywood movies including The Lord of the Rings, Notting Hill and The English Patient. All proceeds from this concert will go to the Friends of Music at Wells Cathedral School. Cedars Hall Tickets: £10 unreserved. Free for 25s and under. Public masterclass: Tuesday, 14th March, 10.00 am - 12.30 pm, admission free.

Wells Cathedral School Showcase Concert Saturday, 18th March, 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm To misquote S.J. Perelman, you may try to resist our overtures, but then we'll ply you with quartets, chamber music and cantatas. Young specialist musicians at Wells Cathedral School present another seductive programme of ensemble music including repertoire for large brass ensemble, the Ferio percussion group and a set by the acclaimed girls choir, Choralia. Cedars Hall Tickets: £10 to £17

Beethoven's Seventh with Wells Virtuosi and Friends Tuesday, 21st March, 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm The cream of Wells Cathedral School’s orchestral players present a performance of the work which Wagner described as “the apotheosis of the dance”. Preceded by Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave Overture. Cedars Hall Tickets: £10 to £17 01749 834483


Lecture: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets with Simon Singh Thursday, 23rd March, 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm "...blows the lid off a decades-long conspiracy to secretly educate cartoon viewers." - David X Cohen, writer for The Simpsons "It's the world's most popular TV series and nobody knows that there's this band of mathematicians at the heart of its writing team. People don't realise that they smuggle maths into the series." - Simon Singh In the first of two events for our Geek Day, the Somerset-born particle physicist and TV science guru justifies all those hours on the sofa with the TV controller. Whether it's Homer Simpson referencing Fermat's last theorem or Apu reciting Pi to its 40,000th decimal place, this fascinating lecture based on Singh’s bestselling book explores a secret world of narcissistic numbers and maths riddles. Cedars Hall Tickets: £10 unreserved. Free for 25s and under.

Comedy Show: Warning - Contains Nerdity! with Helen Arney and Steve Mould

Thursday, 23rd March, 7.00 pm - 8.45 pm "Fantastic and funny… you don’t need to be a ‘nerd’ to enjoy this show." Broadway Baby "Harnesses comedy to highlight what is fun – and funny – about science.” – New Scientist Two-thirds of Festival of the Spoken Nerd, science comedians Helen Arney and Steve Mould, bring their unique mix of interactive experiments, comedy and songs to Wells. Don’t miss this laugh-a-minute extravaganza (rounded to the nearest whole laugh; actually 1.12 laughs per minute) that will tickle your ribs and light your Bunsen burner, whatever your scientific knowledge. Cedars Hall Tickets: £12 to £20. Recommended for ages 12 and over.


Event in the Hall Saturday, 25th March, 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm Wells Cathedral School students present a varied musical extravaganza, showcasing some of the school’s most talented musicians, including students, staff and Old Wellensians. With something for everybody, the evening features acoustic, jazz, rock and more, along with refreshments and food from local independent companies. All profits are in aid of Médicins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), a charity with 30,000 staff working in 65 countries around the world in order to provide independent, impartial medical aid where it’s needed most. Cedars Hall Tickets: £7.50

Wells Cathedral School Showcase Concert Sunday, 26th March, 8.00 pm - 9.15 pm Mendelssohn was just 18, the same age as our most senior students, when he wrote his celebrated Octet for Strings. In this final showcase before Easter, Wells young musicians present this work alongside other highlights of their work from this term. Cedars Hall Tickets: £10 to £17

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) This charity is a favourite of the school's students. It helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care. To find out more or donate, please visit

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Concerto Extravaganza

with Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra, Pete Harrison (conductor), Luke Reidlinger (saxophone), Adam Heron (piano) and Nigel Thean (cello) Wednesday, 29th March and Thursday, 30th March, 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm Ronald Binge - Concerto for Alto Saxophone; Chopin - Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor; Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No.1 Who says an orchestral concert has to follow the standard overtureconcerto-symphony format? Our intrepid young musicians think otherwise and are proud to present three of their colleagues in fascinating concertos suited to the wonderful intimate acoustic of Cedars Hall. Cedars Hall Tickets: £10 to £17

The Wurzels

supported by Marianne Sutton and Wells Cathedral School's The Band Saturday, 1st April, 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm "The Wurzels represent a lost England. Their live show is raucously entertaining." - The Telegraph "If Chuck Berry could sing about Memphis, Tennessee, why couldn't we sing about Shepton Mallet?" - Pete Budd Yokel heroes The Wurzels, with support from our own young musicians, test both the acoustics and scrumpyproof flooring of Cedars Hall with the gig that is just what we've all been waiting for. Cider will be on sale, collarless shirts, corduroy trousers and red neckerchiefs strongly recommended. Combine harvesters may not be parked on the cricket square. Cedars Hall Tickets: £20


Further dates for your diary Joanna McGregor and Andy Sheppard with Chaplin's The Kid Saturday, 29th April 2017

Mitsuko Uchida Friday, 12th May 2017

Vikki Stone - Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra Saturday, 20th May 2017

Wells Comedy Festival Friday, 26th – Sunday, 28th May 2017

Lunchtime concerts Lunchtime concerts take place in Wells Cathedral School’s Quilter Hall at 1.05 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on occasional Fridays (see pages 20-21 for the dates of the Friday performances) during term-time, starting on 17th January 2017. These concerts are an important opportunity for our specialist musicians to perform their solo repertoire. Doors open 15 minutes before the start of the concert, admission is free of charge, and everyone is welcome. There is a retiring collection in aid of Friends of Music at Wells Cathedral School. Please see our website as times and location may be subject to change.

Free concerts Many of these additional concerts are performed by Wells Cathedral School students. They are free to the public, unless otherwise indicated. More information can be found at as times and location may be subject to change.

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The starred concerts feature many of the younger musicians at Wells Cathedral School. The standard is breathtaking, and we hope you will support the school's rising stars at the early stages of their musical careers.

Calendar of concerts and events (for key, see p. 19) 8th January: Loveliest of Trees Claire Tomalin talk at 7.15 pm, concert at 8.00 pm 14th January: Surround Sound Sing with Choralia and Rupert Gough 7.00 pm 16th - 17th January: Cello Masterclass - Leonid Gorokhov 10.00 am 18th January: Master Residency with Leonid Gorokhov 7.00 pm 20th January: Lunchtime Concert 1.05 pm 22nd January: Wells Cathedral School Young Composers’ Showcase 8.00 pm 23rd January: Trumpet Masterclass - Percy Pursglove 10.00 am 24th January: Wells Cathedral School Brass and Percussion Promenade 7.00 pm 25th January: Wells Cathedral School Woodwind Promenade 7.00 pm 26th January: Trombone Masterclass - Michael Buchanan 10.00 am 27th January: Performance Platform - Chamber Music 1.05 pm 27th January: Trombone Superstar - Michael Buchanan 7.00 pm 29th January: Performance Platform - String Department 3.00 pm 1st February: Early Music Concert 7.00 pm 2nd February: Musical Extravaganza - Orchestras, Choirs, Ensembles 7.00 pm 3rd February: Performance Platform - Woodwind Department 6.00 pm 3rd February: Piano Masters 2 - Ashley Wass 7.00 pm 4th February: Piano Masterclass - Ashley Wass 10.00 am 7th February: Malcolm Arnold Trumpet Competition 9.30 am - 3.30 pm 9th February: Trombone Masterclass - Helen Vollam 10.00 am 10th February: Open Platform - Teatime Trumpets 4.00 pm 10th February: Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra 7.30 pm 12th February: Ensemble Burletta Talk and tea at 4.00 pm, concert at 5.00 pm 19th February: A Mendip Winterreise 8.00 pm 23rd February: Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas 1/5 7.00 pm 24th February: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week Sam Okell talk at 6.30 pm, film at 7.15 pm 25th February: Wells Cathedral School Jazz Showcase 7.00 pm 26th February: Performance Platform - String Department 3.00 pm 2nd March: Lower School Concert 7.00 pm 20

3rd March: Lunchtime Concert 1.05 pm 3rd March: Piano Masters 3 - Stephen Hough 7.00 pm 4th March: Piano Masterclass - Stephen Hough 10.00 am 4th March: Wells Cathedral School Jazz Orchestra 7.30 pm at Strode Theatre 5th March: Wells Cathedral School Showcase Concert 3.00 pm 10th March: Performance Platform - Chamber Music 1.05 pm 10th March: Open Platform - Spotlight on Brass 4.00 pm 11th March: Duncan Lamont and the Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra 7.00 pm 12th March: Masterpieces for String Quartet - The Alberni Quartet 8.00 pm 13th March: Chamber Music Masterclass - Kevin Price 10.00 am 13th March: Flute Recital with Robert Winn 7.00 pm 14th March: Flute Masterclass - Robert Winn 10.00 am 14th March: Performance Platform - Young Pianists 5.30 pm 15th March: French Horn Masterclass - Alec Frank-Gemmill 10.00 am 17th March: Performance Platform - Chamber Music 1.05 pm 18th March: Wells Cathedral School Showcase Concert 7.00 pm 19th March: Performance Platform - Vocal Department 8.00 pm 20th March: Jazz in the Foyer 7.00 pm 21st March: Beethoven's Seventh with Wells Virtuosi and Friends 7.00 pm 22nd March: Wells Virtuosi Concert 7.30 pm at Burford School, Oxfordshire 23rd March: Lecture: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets 4.00 pm 23rd March: Comedy Show: Warning - Contains Nerdity! 7.00 pm 24th March: Open Platform - Spotlight on Brass 4.00 pm 25th March: WYMSO Concert 11.30 am 25th March: Event in the Hall 6.00 pm 26th March: Wells Cathedral School Showcase Concert 8.00 pm 28th March: Performance Platform - Senior Pianists 6.00 pm 29th March: String Ensemble Concert 1.00 pm at Bishop's Palace 29th - 30th March: Wells Cathedral School Concerto Extravaganza 7.00 pm 1st April: The Wurzels plus support 7.00 pm

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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). There is no public access via the service gate at the Bristol Hill junction of New Street and Mountery Road (A39). There is free disabled-only parking allocated 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 our spring season, see map below; from here it is a short traffic-free 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 Wells Cathedral School: 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

1: Cedars Hall 2: Wells Cathedral 3: Quilter Hall (Music School) 4: Cedars House (reserved disabled parking) 5: Mundy’s Meadow (parking)

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Instrumental Skills Days Wells Cathedral School hosts a whole range of musical activities and training opportunities for players and teachers from across the South West. As a specialist music school, our renowned Instrumental Skills Days are run by some of the leading professional musicians in their field. If you are a student of any age, a teacher, or just interested in music, you're sure to find something here to inspire and motivate you.

Brass Skills Day Sunday, 15th January 2017 Led by the renowned brass faculty at Wells Cathedral School, including sessions on playing natural trumpets.

South West Double Reed Day Sunday, 19th March 2017 Tips, challenges and expert coaching for oboe and bassoon players.

South West Single Reed Day Sunday, 30th April 2017 The big skills event for saxophonists and clarinetists.

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



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See it to believe it! Senior School Scholarship Day

Junior School Open House

Friday, 27th January

Friday, 10th February

Music Auditions

Whole School Open Morning (3-18)

Saturday, 28th January

Saturday, 4th March

We are running additional events that form the basis for our scholarships. Please see our website for details so you can 'be what you are' at Wells! For more information and to book a place, please visit our website or contact our admissions team on 01749 834441 or email

Wells Cathedral School Concerts and Events Spring 2017