Preview: “Requiem in a Day” with Matthew Coleridge

Come and sing Matthew Coleridge’s intensely beautiful and deeply moving Requiem in a choral workshop at Portsmouth’s historic ‘Cathedral of the Sea’ on Saturday 8 February 2020. In the evening, we’ll give a concert performance, conducted by the composer.

This melodic and quietly powerful music, which weaves flowing choral melodies with soaring cello lines to form rich tapestries of sound, was hailed by the late Sir Neville Marriner as “a valuable addition to the 21st century choral repertoire.”

We’ll begin the day’s workshop in the oldest part of the Cathedral – the medieval Chapel of St Thomas – learning the Requiem with Matthew and David Price (Master of the Choristers) at the piano. After lunch we’ll move into the Nave for rehearsals with our soloists.

Before our evening performance, there will be a chance to hear the Cathedral Choir sing choral Evensong.

Book now for an unforgettable day of music-making in the beautiful acoustics of this intimate cathedral. See for further info.


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

Details of the day

09:00 singer registration and distribution of music (music hire is included in the workshop fee).
09:30 morning rehearsals. Matthew will guide us through his Requiem, accompanied by David Price at the piano. There will be a mid-morning refreshments break, and some short sectional rehearsals.
12:15 break for lunch.
13:45 – 16:45 afternoon rehearsal, with cellist Sarah Gait and soprano Emily Hicks, and David Price at the organ. We’ll also be joined by a percussionist.
19:00 – 20:00 concert performance. You’ll sing Matthew’s Requiem in an atmospheric concert in the beautifully lit cathedral. Also in the programme will be Arvo Pärt’s exquisite Spiegel im Spiegel for cello and organ, and Sarah will perform an improvisation on the cello.

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